Laetacara curviceps

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Amazon river
Length : 10 cm - 4"
Min.length aquarium : 100 cm - 40"
English name : Flag Acara
You should keep this fish as a couple.  He is peaceful, only in breeding time he is somewhat aggressive.  The aquarium should be set up with plants, stones and driftwood, because they need hiding places.  You should leave enough free swimming space.  Because they are very sensitive for old water it is necessary to change a large part of the water regularly. 

You should feed them small live food.  Frozen and dry food is accepted as well.

Breeding is fairly easy.  At somewhat higher temperatures and water Gh 2-6 and Ph 6-6,8, 300 to 1000 eggs are laid on a flat stone.  Mostly they eat their eggs the first time, but the next time they are very good parents.  Both parents take care for the fry very intensive.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can raise them with baby brine shrimp.  Sometimes two females form a couple and one of them is the male.  Of course it is impossible to fertilize the eggs.

Photo Credit

G Höhner

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