maintenance, care, compatibility
Akara turquoise lat. Andinoacara rivulatus, synonymous with Aequidens rivulatus, is a brightly colored cichlid with a body covered with bright blue scales.
But the richness of its coloring does not end there, as well as its interesting behavior.
This species is often confused with another similar fish, akara bluish-spotted. At one time they were really considered one species, but now they were divided into two different ones.
Although they are similar, but there are significant differences.
Akara turquoise is larger and in nature can reach a size of 25-30 cm, while bluish-spotted akara reaches 20 cm. A mature male of akara turquoise develops a noticeable fatty bump on the head, whereas in a bluestone-colored acara male it is less pronounced.
Well, in addition, akara turquoise is much more aggressive, in English-speaking countries it is even called Green Terror – green horror.
Turquoise akara is quite unpretentious fish that it just takes care of. But, nevertheless, it is only recommended for experienced aquarists, as it is demanding on the parameters of water and needs high-quality feeding. Plus, as is often the case with large cichlids, turquoise is aggressive and large, it needs a spacious aquarium.
While they are young, they successfully grow with other cichlids, but as they grow older they become more aggressive and it is better to support them with large and similarly aggressive neighbors.
Like all large cichlids of South America, turquoise akara needs a spacious aquarium with clean water. For a pair of fish, the recommended minimum aquarium volume is 300 liters.
And if you keep them with other cichlids, then even more. They are species sensitive and best of all feel in soft (water hardness 5-13 dGH) water with a neutral pH (6.5-8.0) with a temperature of 20–24 ° C.
Be sure to use a powerful external filter and monitor the level of nitrates and ammonia in the water.
The lighting should be moderate, and the decor typical for large cichlids – stones, snags and sand as soil. It is best to abandon the plants, as turquoise akars constantly dig up the aquarium under the kind that they consider ideal and the plants emerge.
For all large American cichlids, the most important is the scope; in a spacious aquarium, the level of aggression is reduced. Turquoise akara is quite a snooty cichlid, which itself will provoke neighbors.
True, it all depends on the nature of the fish and the conditions of detention, some of the sexually mature become more peaceful.
The same applies to relatives, it is better to keep one pair in an aquarium in order to avoid fights. Often the female turquoise Akara even more pugnacious than the male and it is even kept separately.
Well, during spawning, they generally go crazy, and it is better to separate them separately.
You can not contain turquoise cancer with small African cichlids, the latter will either be killed or remain in constant stress. It is better to combine them with large species: astronotus, horn flyer, Managuana tsikhlazoy, black-striped tsikhlazoy, severum, Nicaraguan, parrots.
Turquoise cancer successfully diluted for many years. The main problem with spawning is to get a well-established pair, since not every fish fits together and their fights can end with the death of one of the fish.
Usually for this they buy several fish and grow them together until such time as they themselves are determined. Because of this, they often spawn in the general aquarium, and they carefully guard their eggs, and if there are not many neighbors, the fry can be raised.
Water for cultivation should be slightly acidic, with a pH from 6.5 to 7, soft or medium hardness 4 – 12 ° dGH, and a temperature of 25 – 26 ° C). The pair carefully cleans a suitable stone or snag, and lays up to 400 eggs.
The larva appears on the 3-4th day, and on the 11th day the fry of the turquoise Akara begin to swim and eat freely. How to raise the fry?
The fry are fed with nautilia of artemia, egg yolk and ground feed for adult fish. At first, the fry grows slowly, but after reaching a body length of 2 cm, the growth rate of the young is significantly increased.
Akara fish has a fairly large number of species and turquoise akara, including. If you pay at least a little attention to the characteristics of each species, to what care is required for a particular species, as well as to the peculiarities of their content, you will need to give out a huge amount of information.
We can mention some common points that concern all Akara aquarium fish. The most basic is the common cichlid family.
As for the most common species, it is blue akara, turquoise akara, Mary, Paraguay.
Speaking about the appearance of Akara, it can be noted that its length reaches 25 centimeters. Fully fish can develop only with the right content.
On compliance with all the rules of the content is directly dependent on how reproduction of cancer will be carried out.