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17 Blue Acara Facts You’ll Never Forget

Blue acara facts for kids are educational!

The blue acara (Andinoacara pulcher) is a member of the cichlid family and is popular among aquarists because of its peaceful nature. This fish is striking to look at and thanks to its steel blue-gray color and pointed anal and dorsal fins. The blue acara is native to Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, and Colombia and can be abundantly found in rivers, streams, lakes, and drainage systems in and around their native habitats.

These fish are easy to acquire as they can be easily found in pet stores and online and will cost you around 6–$15 USD, depending on the size, as juveniles cost less than adults. Blue acaras can be great tank mates to your already existing pet fish and will leave a peaceful life as it is a semi-aggressive fish that can live in a tank size of any proportion.

As of now, this fish is listed as a Least Concern species as it can be abundantly found all across the world due to its popularity as a pet fish.

If you like these facts about the blue acara, make sure you check out facts about the blue tang and yellow tang too!

Blue Acara Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a blue acara?

The blue acara (Andinoacara pulcher), more commonly known as the electric blue acara or the neon blue acara, is a small freshwater fish species of beautiful fish that is one of the most popular pet fish species found commonly in a large community tank or aquarium setups. These freshwater fish are stunning to look at thanks to their striking electric blue color and are members of the famous cichlid family that have many common pet fish species like the convict cichlid and the peacock cichlid.

What class of animal does a blue acara belong to?

The electric blue acara belongs to the class of Actinopterygii that consists of ray-finned fishes.

How many blue acaras are there in the world?

The total population count of the electric blue acara is currently unknown. In its native breeding or spawning region of Trinidad, this cichlid fish is widely distributed throughout the mid-north coastal streams and was one of the most abundant fish species that was collected during surveys in the Island's northern range of slopes.

As of now, the population of this cichlid fish is estimated to be stable as they can be found all across the world in a community tank or aquarium setups and often go through manmade breeding and spawning procedures for their sale in the pet trade business.

The electric blue acara breed is often spawned and bred in fisheries due to their high demand as semi-aggressive pet fishes that can bring a colorful variation in your tank or aquarium.

Where does a blue acara live?

The electric blue acara is a tropical fish species and is commonly found in areas that have a mild water temperature. Electric blue acara cichlid is distributed throughout the cis-Andean Orinoco River drainage system, which includes the spawning or breeding locations of Trinidad and the northern coast of Venezuela. This class of fish can also be found in northern Colombia, South America, mainly in the upper Magdalena river drainage. They prefer to live in water parameters that suit the breeding range and thrive in freshwater regions where they are often found feeding in the substrate by digging the surface.

Since these fishes have become a common occurrence in tank or aquarium setups, they have been introduced in various countries for breeding and pet trade purposes. As of now, these fishes have been introduced in South America, Australia, the United States, and Indonesia.

What is a blue acara's habitat?

Electric blue acara fish like slow-moving freshwater habitats and prefer high water quality, especially in a tank or aquarium.

In their natural range, the electric blue acara is found in heavily planted rivers which provides these fishes with protection from predators, especially during the breeding or spawning season when many acara cichlids gather together to mate.

This freshwater fish often digs into the substrate and live in it while feeding on the small invertebrates and even smaller fishes.

The electric blue acara cichlid also uses drifting plants on the surface of the water bodies to protect themselves from the sun as well as feed the insects that can be found in said drifting plants.

Who do blue acaras live with?

Out of all the members of the cichlid family, the electric blue acara is seen as one of the most well-behaved cichlids. These fish are timid in nature but can become semi-aggressive if they feel threatened by other fishes. As a result of this timid nature, the electric blue acara is able to live with most pet fish, given they are of the same size or larger as smaller tank mates might get their fins nipped by the electric blue acara.

In a tank or aquarium setup, electric blue acara often dwell in the substrate where they will lay their eggs during the breeding period.

How long does a blue acara live?

The lifespan of the electric blue acara is estimated between 10-12 years in captivity, and this lifespan can be doubled in the wild if they get the necessary water parameters in which to thrive. Electric blue acara care is simple in nature and can be done easily if you follow the necessary steps.

Just like most other fish of the cichlid group, the electric blue acara, too, is prone to illness that will shorten its life. Ich is one of the most common infections that can be found in pet fish living in a dirty tank or aquarium. Ich is often treatable by raising the water temperature for a couple of days. If this does not help get rid of the ich in your fish, then you can use copper-based ich medication that is easily available in pet stores. This copper medication can also be combined with a high water temperature in your breeding tank by keeping your electric blue acara alone.

As is common with most fish, the electric blue acara is prone to parasitic infestations, fungal infections, and bacterial infections that are often caused by low-quality fish food or an unclean aquarium setup. If your electric blue acara is infected, it is advised to separate your acara from other tank mates by keeping them separately in a breeding tank and treating them in said tank. If not separated, the infection will affect other tank mates by ruining the suitable water parameters and by spreading the infection among all other fish present in the aquarium.

How do they reproduce?

Both the male and the female electric blue acara reach sexual maturity when they are six to seven months old, and it is advised to breed them once they reach 8-10 months of age. These fish can be easily bred in captivity which can be done easily by keeping in mind certain parameters.

If you want to breed your own blue acara, you will need to place a handful of acaras in the tank so that the male and female have a choice of their own to select suitable breeding partners. These fish will form a pair if the male and female are willing to mate with each other. When the pair has been formed, you should remove them from your aquarium and put them separately in a 20 gal (90 l) tank. Most cichlids are bred through the same process.

Electric blue acara are monogamous in nature and a male and female will mate for one whole breeding season. The female lays eggs on rocks, and both parents come together to protect and nurture the young. The juveniles are easy to raise.

To trigger the spawning process, a water hardness of 25 dGH is required, and the tank should be provided with objects that can act as a safe spawning spot. The temperature should be ideally set to 77 F (25 C) and once the spawning is over, the parents should be removed from the aquarium as, like most cichlids, the electric blue acara will eat the fry if left unsupervised. It is often said that the electric blue acara cichlids are the easiest cichlid to breed.

What is their conservation status?

Currently, the electric blue acara is listed as a species of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List due to its vast habitat ranges in the wild and wide distribution across the world as timid tank mates to other fish.

In Trinidad, industrial development is often seen as a threat to these fish as industrial waste affects their natural habitat. Landscape changes, like deforestation, cause changes in the aquatic habitat and make it unsuitable for the spawning of new generations.

Electric blue acaras are also being affected by the large deforestation rate that causes changes in their aquatic habitats.

Extensive mining and refinery projects impact the water quality of the fish by mixing harmful chemicals and metals like gold and coal which has reduced the water quality of the Magdalena river drainage system where this cichlid thrives.

Blue Acara Fun Facts

What do blue acaras look like?

Facts and information about the blue acara are amusing!

The electric blue acara is named after its color, which is steel blue-grey. Various spots and stripes can be seen on the body and the head. The face house green horizontal lines, which along with the blue scales give the fish a sparkling appearance. The electric blue acara fish is oval-shaped and has a compact body with pointed anal and dorsal fins. Compared to other cichlids, the electric blue acara size is moderate.

The male and female look alike, making it tough to differentiate them during the breeding process. In case you want to separate your electric blue acara based on their sex, then you can do so by using the process of venting. In this method, you will need to examine your fish by holding it in your wet hands and examining the dorsal fin along with the anal fin. The most interior pore that is visible is the anus and the second pore will be the genital from where this fish will lay eggs or excrete milt.

Females have larger genitalia compared to the male which helps in separating the male from the female. In mouthbrooding classes like the northern snakehead, using the venting method is easier compared to smaller cichlids.

How cute are they?

Electric blue acara are beautiful fish that can add life to any aquarium with their striking blue color tone. These fish are adorable and on a scale of one to five, they would easily get a four!

How do they communicate?

Most cichlids communicate their mood with each other through hormones. Changes in color patterns, the appearance of spots, and bands are often seen as a communication method by these fish.

How big is a blue acara?

The electric blue acara max size is estimated to range between 5-8 in (12.7-20.3 cm) in size. Fish like the blue acara grow continuously over their lifespan and are considered to be fully grown when they reach the age of eight to 10 months. Blue acara is at least five times larger compared to other pet fish like the Neon tetra that reaches a maximum body length of 1.5 in (4 cm).

How fast can a blue acara swim?

The swimming speed of this fish is unknown.

How much does a blue acara weigh?

The weight of the electric blue acara is unspecified.

What are the male and female names of the species?

Neither the males nor the females have a sex-specific name assigned to them.

What would you call a baby blue acara?

A baby blue acara is called a fry. After the fry grows to a certain size, it is known as a blue acara juvenile.

Blue acara fry are hatched after an incubation period of two to three days, after which the juveniles will forage for food. Juveniles are comparatively cheaper to purchase as the price increases with relation to the age of the fish breed.

What do they eat?

Electric blue acara are omnivorous fish, but their diet comprises mostly protein-rich food in the form of crustaceans, worms, and insects.

In captivity, these fish should be provided with a rich diet that consists of live foods like earthworms and blood worms. Frozen food is also acceptable as they also eat brine shrimp. To provide your blue acara with a solid diet, they should also be fed protein flakes. This nutrient and protein-rich diet are necessary to keep your acara's coloration at the best possible condition.

A controlled diet is necessary to keep them from overheating and to keep them healthy. Do remember to clean out excess food from the aquarium as this cichlid will often dig through the substrate to forage for food.

Are they aggressive?

The electric blue acara is a semi-aggressive fish and does not like to interfere with other fish in a tank. However, these fish can show aggressive behavior during spawning and might nip the fins of other fish, or in some cases, prey on fishes that are smaller than them. In order to avoid this, it is advised to keep them with other members of the cichlid fish group, mainly larger, non-aggressive cichlids.

Would they make a good pet?

Yes! Blue acara will make excellent pets due to their timid attitude. These fish are best kept with cichlids from South America like the firemouth cichlid.

Kidadl Advisory: All pets should only be bought from a reputable source. It is recommended that as a potential pet owner you carry out your own research prior to deciding on your pet of choice. Being a pet owner is very rewarding but it also involves commitment, time and money. Ensure that your pet choice complies with the legislation in your state and/or country. You must never take animals from the wild or disturb their habitat. Please check that the pet you are considering buying is not an endangered species, or listed on the CITES list, and has not been taken from the wild for the pet trade.

Did you know...

The blue acara is a hardy fish, making it suitable for novice aquarists.

Floating plants like the hornwort should be added to their tanks to give them a closer feel to a home.

During the breeding process, this fish becomes much more aggressive and will show signs of aggression like engaging with other fish or common fights between the males and females acaras can also be seen. Hence it is advised to use a separate breeding tank during the mating process.

What to keep with blue acaras?

Choosing electric blue acara tank mates is quite simple as these many pet fish are suitable tank mates for this fish due to their peaceful nature. It is advised, however, to keep tank mates that are similar in size to the blue acara as larger fish might induce fear in your acara, and smaller fish will be treated as live food by your acara as they nip their fins and cause them trouble.

They should not be kept with tetras as the vast size difference will end up with the blue acara feeding on the tetra.

Even though the list of blue acara cichlid tankmates is long, it is recommended to keep them with their own kind in a large tank where they can live with each other, and for breeding purposes, it is easier to keep them in a multiple of two for easy pairing. In a tank size of 75 gal (283 l), you can keep at least six to eight electric blue acaras (Andinoacara pulcher).

Do blue acaras have teeth?

Like most members of the cichlid family, the blue acara fish has a set of teeth located in the throat, which is accompanied by their regular teeth.

The dorsal fin along with the anal, pelvic, and pectoral fins have spines on them to thwart off predators.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! For more relatable content, check out these neon tetra facts and Congo tetra facts for kids.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable goldfish coloring pages.

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