Bujurquina vittata "Banded Acara" - South American Cichlid

Buy Bujurquina VittataThe vibrant Bujurquina vittata, also known colloquially as the green terror, showcases the stunning diversity of South America's cichlid family. Endemic to drainages in northwestern Peru and Ecuador, this imposing fish inhabits tropical rivers and lakes, defending its territory among roots and fallen branches. As one of only two members of its genus, B. vittata offers a window into the unique evolution and distribution of cichlids in this biodiverse region. Growing over a foot long in the wild, captive specimens require sizable tanks and experienced keepers. Yet for aquarists up to the challenge, B. vittata rewards dedication with flashes of iridescent green and orange, glimpses into its prehistoric past, and reminders of Earth's incredible freshwater habitats.

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Bujurquina vittata species profile

Common names

Bujurquina vittata is commonly known as the "Banded Acara" due to the distinctive markings on its body.


The specific epithet "vittata" originates from the Latin word "vittatus," meaning striped or banded, referring to the characteristic stripes on the fish's body.


Bujurquina vittata belongs to the family Cichlidae and the genus Bujurquina. It is categorized under the order Perciformes.


The Banded Acara is native to South America, specifically found in rivers and streams within the Amazon River basin, primarily in Peru and Brazil.


Bujurquina vittata typically inhabits slow-moving or stagnant waters with vegetation, submerged branches, and leaf litter, often found in flooded forest areas.

Maximum Standard Length

The maximum standard length of Bujurquina vittata is around 3 to 4 inches (7.5 to 10 cm).

Aquarium Size

A tank with a capacity of at least 20 gallons is suitable for keeping a small group of Banded Acaras. Providing hiding spots and ample swimming space is recommended.


Maintaining Bujurquina vittata requires regular water changes, efficient filtration, and creating an environment with driftwood, plants, and hiding places to mimic its natural habitat.

Water Conditions

Banded Acaras prefer water temperatures around 75-82°F (24-28°C) and slightly acidic to neutral pH levels (pH 6.0-7.5).


Bujurquina vittata is omnivorous, feeding on a diet that includes high-quality flakes, pellets, live or frozen foods like brine shrimp, bloodworms, and small aquatic insects.

Behaviour and Compatibility

Banded Acaras are generally peaceful and can be kept in community tanks with other non-aggressive fish of similar size and requirements.

Sexual Dimorphism

Sexual dimorphism in Bujurquina vittata is not prominently visible. Males might exhibit slightly more vibrant coloration during the breeding period.


These cichlids are known to be mouthbrooders, with females carrying and protecting the eggs and fry in their mouths. Both parents may participate in guarding the young fish.

Endangered List

Bujurquina vittata is not listed as endangered.


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