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The Uaru cichlid - Uaru amphiacanthoides

The Uaru cichlid - Uaru amphiacanthoides

Scientific name: Uaru amphiacanthoides

Common name: The Uaru cichlid

Family: Cichlidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 16 - 20 cm (6.3 - 7.87 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 5 - 7

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 5 - 12°N (89.29 - 214.29ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 26 - 28 °C (78.8 - 82.4°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South America

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

The Uaru cichlids should eat all foods offered. Always supply them with quality flake or pellets as the staple diet but give them treats as well of blood worms, tubifex, and brine shrimp.


South America; The Uaru cichlids are found in the Amazonian River Basins.


Very difficult to sex, it is easier to purchase a group of six fish and let them pair naturally.


Uaru can be difficult to get to breed but not impossible. The female will lay her eggs in the substrate, anything from 100 -1000 eggs will be laid. The female will fan the eggs until they have hatched and the fry will initially eat from the mucus on the body of their parents. When larger, the fry will accept newly hatched brine shrimp and crushed flake.


The expected life span for Uaru amphiacanthoides is 8-12 years.

Short description

Uaru amphiacanthoides are very intelligent and will soon recognize their owner. They can grow up to 10 inches in length so should be kept in a larger aquarium. The juveniles will be mottled in appearance but when adult their colouration will take on a darker appearance. The Uaru cichlids eat plants.


The Uaru cichlid, picture 1 The Uaru cichlid, picture 2 The Uaru cichlid, picture 3 The Uaru cichlid, picture 4

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