Laetacara dorsigera

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina
Length : 10 cm - 4"
Min. length aquarium : 100 cm - 40"
English name : Redbreast Acara
Peaceful fish that you can keep together with other small, peaceful fishes.  In breeding times he becomes somewhat aggressive.  The aquarium should be set up with plants, driftwood, roots that make hiding places, and some flat stones.

You should give them live food.  They accept dry food as well, but that should not be the main food.

Breeding is rather easy with a good match couple.  The best way for a planned spawn is to raise a group of about 6-8 unrelated juveniles to sexual maturity and allow them to pair off.  Up to 300 eggs are laid and fertilized on a flat stone.  After 4 days the eggs hatch.  The parents move the fry to breeding pits.  They regularly change the pit.  After another 4-5 days the young fishes are swimming free.  Both parents keep on caring the fry.  You can feed the young fishes with infusoria, paramecia and rotifers and later with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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