Port Acara (Cichlasoma bimaculatum) CareSheet
The Port Acara is a cichlid with stunning markings. It has a mottled brown body with a black horizontal line that runs from the eye to the tail. The scales of this fish are highlighted in black, giving them a striking appearance. Tones of red, green, and blue will grow with age and during spawning, adding to their attractiveness. Males have longer pointed dorsal and anal fins than females. These are simple to grow fish that thrive in a communal aquarium with other fish of same size.
A 30-gallon aquarium with a sandy bottom, rocks, and lots of hiding spots among the rocks is required for the Port Acara. To protect the roots from these fish, live plants should be put in containers. When it comes to other fish of comparable size, the Port Acara is normally calm, although it may become territorial during mating season.
The Port Acara is a free-breeding fish that can adapt to a variety of water conditions. Raise the temperature of the tank to 78-82°F to encourage breeding. The Blue Acara quickly couples and forms a patriarch/matriarch family, with both male and female caring for the young. The eggs will be laid on a cleaned rock by the female. If the young are removed from the tank, they will reproduce every two weeks.
Most prepared and frozen meals, including freeze-dried bloodworms
, and ocean plankton
, as well as flake food
and Cichlid pellets
, will be eaten by the Port Acara.
Requirements for keeping Cichlasoma bimaculatum
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Tank Conditions: 78-82°F; pH 6.5-8.0
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 5"
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