Photos taken at Wharf Aquatics
© Sean Evans
|Common name:||Dwarf Flag Cichlid, Flag Acara|
|Scientific name:||Laetacara curviceps|
|Synonyms:||Aequidens curviceps, Acara curviceps|
|Size:||Up to 3" (7.5cm), female smaller.|
|Origin:||South America, Amazon River.|
|Tank setup:||Planted tank with plenty of cover, including small rocks and bogwood.|
|Compatibility:||Generally peaceful, but will become territorial when spawning. Do not mix with more aggressive cichlids.|
|Water chemistry:||Thrives in a reasonable range, from soft to medium hard and acidic to slightly alkaline.|
|Feeding:||Omnivorous, feed a varied diet of dry foods and frozen/live foods.|
|Sexing:||Males are larger with longer ventral fins, though this is not obvious in younger fish.|
|Breeding:||Substrate spawner. Provide flat stones at various angles with some plant/wood cover.
Eggs hatch in about 2 days. Fry are normally free-swimming in about 8-10 days, and are tended by both parents.|
These small cichlids make excellent aquarium fish for a planted tank with peaceful community fishes. The Laetacara are often known as smiling acaras due to
curved stripes near the mouth region that look like a smile. The genus name Laetacara is derived from the Latin for happy.