Turquoise akara (Andinoacara rivulatus) – This is a fish, whose natural habitat is the waters of Peru, South America, and Ecuador. It belongs to the cichlid family and is very popular among amateur hobbyists and professionals.
The body of the fish is tall and massive, the color can also be different – from silver to silver-gray with blue sparkles. This subspecies received the name “turquoise” because of the characteristic color of the gill wings and head – they are covered with wavy turquoise lines. In the center of the case you can see a large dark spot of irregular shape.
The tail and dorsal fin is framed by a wide edging.
Photo: Turquoise Akaras
The most valuable representatives of this species are fish, whose fins are decorated with bright red and orange piping. With a dull color, the color of the border can vary from white to pale yellow. Males are colored brighter than females, they are larger, and the anal and dorsal fins are sharper.
In a spacious aquarium and with proper care, individuals can grow up to 25 centimeters.
photo: Turquoise Akara male
When choosing an aquarium for Akara turquoise, give preference to a large one – from 100 liters. These fish are non-aggressive, so it is advisable to visit them with peaceful catfish or cichlids, scalar and small cichlids are not the best neighbors, since Akars will dominate and offend the little ones. When arranging an aquarium, pay attention to the substrate – it should be small and not sharp, it is advisable to place a flat stone in the water, where spawning will occur.
Like other fish, Akara needs shelter – large stones and snags are suitable for this. Living plants should have a strong root system – it can be echinodorus, anubias, hygrophil, cryptocoryne and others.
photo: Males turquoise Akara painted more brightly
Be sure to equip the inlet tank with aeration and filtration systems, weekly change at least a third of the water. Water should be of medium hardness, maintain the temperature at 22-27 degrees.
These fishes in food are unpretentious, omnivorous. It is advisable not to overfeed acara, because fish are prone to overeating.
Food can serve as invertebrates, plants, porridges and so on.
photo: Akara turquoise unpretentious fish