Scientific Name: Acarichthys heckelii
Ease of Care: Easy
Approximate Arrival Size: 2 to 3 inches
Approximate Full Size: 7 to 8 inches
Native Region: South America-Amazon basin
Temperament: Territorially Aggressive
The Threadfin Acara is an attractive fish that can have a captive lifespan of up to 10 years. It tends to be very hardy and easy to care for. It does tend to be on the aggressive side, but generally this is a territorial aggressiveness rather than just for the sake of being mean. Like most other cichlids, this fish likes to dig in the substrate and may rearrange light weight decorations in the aquarium if they can be uprooted. Ideally Acara will be kept on a sand substrate rather than gravel. As an omnivore, feeding the Acara is easy.They will eat most flake, pelleted, frozen, and small live foods with great vigor.