Electric Blue Acara Cichlid
Aequidens pulcher

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

5 - 8

Minimum Tank Size



Blue, Orange, Silver



Water Conditions

72-80° F, KH 9-20, pH 6.5-8.0


General: The electric blue acara is a hybrid fish, being derived from closely related South American cichlids. Considered to be semi-aggressive, it is often best to keep electric blue acara in groups consisting of six individuals or more. The electric blue acara may reach a length of 8 inches, and can live for 10+ years in captivity.

Dimorphism: The electric blue acara male will develop elongated dorsal, pelvic, and anal fins as it matures. The female will retain her short, round fins. Also, the female will take on a more gravid appearance when ready to reproduce.

Fecundity: The electric blue acara may produce up to 1,000 eggs per clutch.

Water Chemistry: 72-80° F, KH 9-20, pH 6.5-8.0

Aquarium Diet: Electric blue acaras are omnivores and will accept brine shrimp, blackworms, spirulina flakes, mysis shrimp, krill, ghost shrimp, and omnivore pellets.

Compatibility: Electric blue acaras are typically compatible with other acara, severum (Heros severus), eartheater cichlids such as Satanoperca jurupari, firemouth cichlids (Thorichthys meeki), green terror cichlids (Andinoacara rivulatus), blood parrot cichlids (Amphilophus citrinellus x Paraneetroplus synspilus), Synodontis species, bristlenose plecos (Ancistrus sp.), rainbowfish such as the boesemani rainbowfish (Melanotaenia boesemani), and silver dollars (Metynnis argenteus.).

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Author: Grant Stevens