Albino Threadfin Acara Cichlid (Acarichthys heckelii), Tank-Bred!
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The Albino Threadfin Acara Cichlid (Acarichthys heckelii) is a favorite among many cichlid enthusiasts due to its generally peaceful disposition and vivid coloration as it matures. Adults have high amounts of iridescent blue-green and bright yellow markings along with red, orange, and violet highlights, especially in males. This Amazon native can often be kept in groups and/or community tank setups with many other species.
The Albino Threadfin Acara Cichlid will thrive in an aquarium with a sandy substrate and plenty of refuge such as clay pots, driftwood, and rock formations. It typically will not eat ornamental plants, but it does like to do a fair amount of digging, so plants that attach to driftwood and rockwork are recommended. This cichlid is generally compatible with other peaceful fish too large to be considered prey. Territoriality is typically at its peak during spawning. Dwarf shrimp and other small, delicate invertebrates should not be kept with the Albino Threadfin Acara Cichlid, but more durable, larger invertebrates such as snails could possibly make good tankmates in a large enough aquarium. If spawning is desired, tankmates of other species should be kept to a minimum or avoided altogether.
Feeding is simple for the unfussy Albino Threadfin Acara Cichlid. High-quality dry, frozen, and live meaty foods will all be readily accepted. Supplemental vegetable matter is also required. Quality and variety are the keys to a diet that will ensure that this fish maintains optimal health and coloration.
What We Like About This Fish:
- Beautiful multi-coloration and finnage
- Very hardy with plenty of personality
- Easy to breed in the aquarium
- Compatible with many other species in a spacious tank
- Sure to be a "centerpiece" fish
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperatre: 75° - 86° F (24° - 30° C)
- pH: 6.0 - 7.2
- KH: 0 - 15 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 75-90 gallons for a pair
- Diet: Mostly carnivorous. A variety of high-quality dry, frozen, and live meaty foods is necessary for optimal health and coloration. Some vegetable matter is also beneficial.
- Social behavior: Congregates loosely in groups. Can be territorial during spawning.
- Origin: Colombia, Peru, Brazil
- Average adult size: Up to 8 inches (20 cm)
- Average purchase size: .75 - 2 inches (1.9 - 5 cm)