Uaru amphiacanthoides

Common Names: Poor Man's Discus
Triangle Cichlid
Uaru Cichlid
Waroo Cichlid
Synonyms: Acara imperialis
Pomotis fasciatus
Uaru obscurum
Family: Cichlidae
Category: Cichlids
Distribution: America - South; Amazon River Basin and Guyana
Main Ecosystem: Lake; Inhabits lakes and slow-moving rivers
Temperament: Peaceful; This species is very peaceful, and sometimes even timid, despite its rather large disposition.
Diet: Ominvore; Livefoods and commercial formulations are accepted. In addition, a vegetable component is essential in this species' diet.
Care: An aquarium housing this species must be at least 75 gallons and have ample filtration. Any tankmates must be peaceful.
Also, unlike most cichlid species, Uaru amphiacanthoides is very social and is best kept in a shoal.
5.5 - 7.5
25°C - 29°C
77°F - 84°F
5 dH - 14 dH
Potential Size: Male: 25cm (9.8")
Female: 24cm (9.4")
Water Region: Middle, Bottom
Activity: Diurnal
Gender: Hard to distinguish, but males will sometimes grow a small hump.
Breeding: Uaru amphiacanthoides is a substrate spawner, although breeding is hard to accomplish in aquaria. As far as pairing, it is best to buy a large shoal of this species and let them pair off on their own. After spawning, the female will lay up to 800 eggs on the substrate or on any flat surface, such as slate. Both the male and female will defend the eggs. When the eggs hatch, feed very small livefoods or formulations intended for fry.
Comments: Uaru amphiacanthoides has a tendency to eat aquarium plants, although this behavior should not become a significant problem as long as this species has sufficient plant matter in its diet.

Main Colours: Brown, Black, Orange
Markings: Not Specified
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Convex
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