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Laetacara curviceps

Picture of Laetacara curviceps, male Picture of Laetacara curviceps, female

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.
Temperature:24-28oC (75-82oF)
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.
Comments: 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.


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