Nannacara anomala
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Nannacara anomala

Common Names: Golden Acara
Golden Dwarf Acara
Goldeneye Dwarf Acara
Lattice Cichlid
Family: Cichlidae
Category: Cichlids
Distribution: America - South; Guyana, South America.
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Peaceful; Can me mildly aggressive at times.
Diet: Carnivore; Carnivore
Care: Mainly feed with live foods. The Golden Dwarf Acara will only sometimes accept flakes. Make the tank well planted with plenty of hiding places ammong rocks.
6 - 7.5
22°C - 26°C
72°F - 79°F
5 dH - 20 dH
Potential Size: Male: 6.5cm (2.6")
Female: 3.5cm (1.4")
Water Region: Middle, Bottom; Middle-Bottom
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: The male has much brighter colours and reaches a length of about 6.5cm, while the female reaches a length of about 3.5cm. Males dorsal and anal fins extend out with the tail as they get larger, while females maintain more rounded dorsal and anal fins. During breeding, it is very easy to tell the males and females apart, as the males will be in full colors of green with a yellow lower jaw area and some blue in the fins. The females will develop a checkerboard appearance on the upper half of the body from the horizontal band up.
Breeding: To induce spawning, use live foods such as black worms, grindle worms, and brine shrimp. Do several large water changes and soften the water. Use a pH of 6.2-7.5 and a higher temperature of 26°C-28°C. Make sure there are caves in the breeding tank for the spawning to happen. They have been known to spawn in deep crevices of driftwood if no caves were available. The female will change her colour to the checkerboard pattern during spawning, and the male will become intensely green, yellow, and blue. You may have to separate the male from the female after spawning occurs. As either the male or the female, or both can become very aggressive towards each other at this time. The female makes a wonderful parent and guards the eggs and the fry very well.
Comments: The Golden Dwarf Acara can at times be timid. A smaller sized fish that works well in smaller sized tanks. They are great parents. They are relatively easy to spawn, if their requirements are met.
Main Colours: Green, Yellow, Blue
Markings: Striped Horizontal
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Convex
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Submitted By: Adam
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