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Old 03-13-2012, 11:51 AM   #1
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neon blue acara

I went to my LFS last Sunday and seen a neon blue acara. Looked healthy and very sweet. I thought of buy that guy. Bt I'm not very familier with blue acara and their habits, temperament, foods. And the comatiability with whom I can keep him? Need info guys. Thanx
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:34 PM   #2
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Blue acaras need at least a 40 gallon tank. They eat the same thing as all cichlids mostly meaty foods with the occasional veggie supplement. They are quite peaceful for larger cichlids they can go with semi aggressive fish like tiger barbs work well.
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:39 AM   #3
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Their diet is like other new world cichlids. Not at all like rift lake species.
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:54 AM   #4
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Can I keep them with oscar? Wat is the full grown size of blue acara? And what is the life span?these guys really hav attractive color. Love it.
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You can have one with a Oscar I would say you need at least a 100 gallon 6 foot tank to have them together they live for about 10 years if kept in proper conditions also let him grow at least to 6 inches before you add a Oscar because they are slow growers.
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:00 AM   #6
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Thanx josh for this info. I'm planning to hav one. Sometimes I become confused wen it comes to Jack dempsey, green terror & blue acara together. They looks almost similar at juvenile state.
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:50 AM   #7
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They do I forgot how to identify them 100 percent as a juvenile just google how to identify juvenile blue acara or something like that.
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:08 AM   #8
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Yup may be those images can help a bit. Bt still its difficult wen all those moving juvis r in the same tank infront of u.but In case of neon blue acara and electric blue jack dempsey its bit different. Coz their color is much brighter and vibrant than those of nomal acara or JD
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Yah they are. I think you should find a true blue acara though if you can study some images.
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:38 PM   #10
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Yup for sure. Color matters bt since I start to keep oscars I learned a lot of thing bout cichlids. And these r the amazing creatures. Each and every species r unique and I just love with all of them
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:35 AM   #11
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Want to ask something bout blue acara compatiability now. Can severum, firemouth, oscar or pleco r good tank mates for them?I hav seen with oscars bt don't know how they would do with others. Need advice on it.
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What size tank do you plan having the blue acara in.
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:48 AM   #13
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140 g with tank mates.
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:28 PM   #14
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If you don't have anything in there currently I would do a stocking of

1 blue acara
1-2 severum depending on if you want them breeding.
1 firemouth
8 silver dollars or 8 Denison barbs
1 rubberlip pleco or any pleco that maxes out at under 8 inches.

What are your tank dimensions though.
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Nice list buddy thanx.if I want something except silver dollar is there any alternate plan?
Tank diimension is 60"x24"x24"
Like 145g or something.
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What do you mean if you want something except silver dollars like a different fish than them if so I would do 8 Denison barbs
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Yup I mean it, anyother fish in place of silver dollar. How bout monos?
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I would not do a mono because they are brackish
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Old 03-16-2012, 01:54 PM   #19
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Ok get it. Wanna ask u something is there any cichlids who prefer brackish water? Just for knowledge.
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I am pretty sure there isn't any cichlid that prefers brackish.
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