Red Port Acara

Other Red Port Acara Names: Red Port Acara

Red Port Acara Scientific Name: Cichlasoma portalegrense, Acara portalegrensis, Aequidens portalegrensis, Cichlasoma portalegrensis

Red Port Acara (Cichlasoma portalegrense))

Temperature Range: 65°F-76°F
pH Range: 6.4-7
Hardness Range: 1-10°

Family: Cichlidae

Species Type: South American Cichlids

Red Port Acara Adult Size: 5 inches (cm)

Red Port Acara Life Expectancy: 6 years

Red Port Acara Habitat: South American rivers

Red Port Acara Minimum Tank Size: 29 gallons

Red Port Acara Temperament: Peacful for a cichlid but can become territorial when spawning.

Red Port Acara Diet & Nutrition: Carnivorous - Does well with flake or pellet foods.

Red Port Acara Description: A very nice fish. Not exceptionally colorful, but very attractive all the same. The males, when full grown, will develope fin rays over an inch long, on their pectoral and caudel fins. They are full of deep rich colors, like burgandy, and dark yellows. As well as dark blues. They are very gentle with other tank mates, and only aggressive when breeding. But, even when breeding, they are only territorial, and not overly aggressive. They will not harm anything that does not come near their spawning site.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Other smaller south american cichlids, plecos or catfish.

Red Port Acara Breeding & Spawning: To initiate breeding use a pH of 7.0 and a higher temperature of 76F. The eggs are laid on carefully cleaned rocks. These fish will breed in higher ph though, but their natural ph is best. They make terrific parents and even form a nuclear family, as you may see fry from several previous spawns, hanging around the parents, while they are fanning eggs. After the eggs hatch, about 3 days, the parents move the wigglers to a pit, where they guard them until they become free swimming at 4 or 5 days.

Determining Red Port Acara Sex: Difficult to determine. But the males will develope fin extensions on the pectoral and caudal fins, when they become fully grown. When fully grown the females will be slightly smaller in size. But, they will spawn at about 3 inches, or 7.5 cm. A long way from fully grown.

Aquarium Region: All over.

Red Port Acara Diseases: None specific to species.

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