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Zebra acara - Nannacara adoketa

Zebra acara - Nannacara adoketa

Scientific name: Nannacara adoketa

Common name: Zebra acara

Family: Cichlidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 4 - 5 cm (1.57 - 1.97 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 5.8 - 6.6

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 2 - 7°N (35.71 - 125ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 21 - 26 °C (69.8 - 78.8°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: Bottom levels

Food and feeding

Zebra acara is not a fussy eater and will accept all foods offered. Use a quality flake or pellets for the staple diet but offer treats once or twice a week of brine shrimp or blood worms.


South America; Zebra acara is only found in the Rio Negro Basins of Brazil.


Males will have elongated dorsal and anal fins, when breeding the markings on the male will darken. During this time the female will have a pinkish tinge on her body colouration.


Zebra acara’s prefer to spawn in caves so either add rockwork or upturned plant pots to the breeding tank. The female will guard the eggs while the male defends the territory and 2 days later the eggs should hatch. About 4 days later the fry should be free swimming and can be fed on crushed flake or newly hatched brine shrimp.


The expected life span of Nannacara adoketa is 5 years.

Short description

This species of cichlid is quite peaceful and can be included into a community tank. Use subdued lighting with the addition of plants; add bogwood to provide hiding places.


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