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Species group: Cichlids
Other name: Redbreast Acquidens; Redbreast Acara; Yellowlip Acara
Scientific name: Laetacara Dorsigerus
Country / place of origin: South America
AppearanceDetails: The Smiling Acara is a small South American fish which is known to be one of the most peaceful members of the notoriously aggressive Cichlid family. Because it is a dwarf Cichlid, it is best kept with other small species such as other dwarf cichlids or tetras.
Color varieties: Smiling Acara are silver with brown and black markings, red on the ventral area, and red through the fins.
Size: up to 2 inches
Gender: Males have extended dorsal and anal fins. Female Smiling Acaras display a dark patch with white dots at the base of the dorsal fin.
Lifespan: up to 8 years
Temperature: 68 - 77°F
pH balance: N/A
Aquarium specifications: Smiling Acara can be finicky eaters, and usually will not accept commercial foods. They do well on live or frozen foods, brine shrimp, micro worms, blood worms and tubifex. They need a planted tank with plenty of hiding places created from rocks or wood.
Water hardness: N/A
Temperament: The Smiling Acara is a friendly Cichlid that mainly show aggression during spawning.