Yellow acara - Aequidens metae
Scientific name: Aequidens metae
Common name: Yellow acara
Usual size in fish tanks: 11 - 13 cm (4.33 - 5.12 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.2 - 7
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 12°N (107.14 - 214.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 24 - 28 °C (75.2 - 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
Yellow acara’s will accept all foods, bloodworms should be offered as a treat but their staple diet should consist of quality flakes or cichlid pellets.
South America; Yellow acara’s are found in the Orinoco River basins.
Yellow Acara are almost impossible to sex as juvenile fish. As the males mature, they will grow larger than the females and their dorsal fin will become extended. Mature females, although smaller than the males, will have a plumber body shape.
These can be a difficult fish to breed. Lowering the water level and then filling up with warmer water may induce spawning. They are substrate spawners, add a flat surface to the tank, this will act as a spawning site. Both parents will protect the eggs which should hatch after 2-3 days. The fry can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.
The expected life span for Yellow acara is 12 years.
Yellow Acara have a peaceful disposition, they are good tank mates for fire mouths, convicts, and Severums.