Uaru Cichlid (Uaru amphiacanthoides) CareSheet
The Uaru Cichlid, also known as the Triangle Cichlid
, is a captive-bred fish that originated in the Amazon basin of South America's backwaters. At adulthood, these fish are primarily brown with a pronounced horizontal black stripe running down the middle. Brown and black mottling may be seen in immature specimens. When they reach around 4 inches in length, they will have developed their adult colour.
A minimum aquarium size of 70 gallons or more with a fine gravel substrate is required for the Uaru Cichlid. For concealing, a variety of rocks, driftwood, and even flowerpots are advised. Except during breeding, they are a gentle fish that is territorial and seldom aggressive. It gets along well with Convicts
, and Parrot cichlids
, among other medium-sized cichlids.
The male and female Uaru Cichlids are difficult to distinguish. It's ideal to put four to six youngsters in an aquarium and let them mate up. They will build long-term relationships and create a nuclear family. The fry are normally well-cared for, however some of them may be eaten by the parents. The pH of the water should be between 5.5 and 7.0, and the temperature should be between 79 and 83° Fahrenheit. The female Uaru Cichlid will lay 100 to 1000 eggs and is an open breeder.
The female will fan the eggs with her fins to circulate water over them while carefully protecting them in trenches. The fry will feed on the slime coat of the parents until they are mature enough to consume prepared feeds after hatching. Feed young brine shrimp, ground flake foods, and other freshwater fry meals to the fry. Uaru Cichlids are omnivores who consume a variety of prepared and frozen meals, including as freeze-dried bloodworms
, and ocean plankton
, as well as flake food
and Cichlid pellets
Requirements for keeping Uaru amphiacanthoides
Minimum Tank Size: 70 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Tank Conditions: 79-83°F; pH 5.0-7.0
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 10"
220 UARU aquarium