There is still some debate about the identity, as well as the correct spelling, of the species name of this relatively subtly colored but lovely cichlid. The “Acara” part of one of the common names reflects the fact that this fish is still also referred to as Aequidens portalegrensis in some quarters.
Other common names
- Brown Acara, Port Cichlid, Port Acara
- Cichlasoma portalegrensis, Aequidens portalegrensis
- Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, the Guianas, Paraguay, and Venezuela. However, owing to confusion regarding some lookalikes, e.g. C. bimaculatum, C. dimerus, and C. bolivlense, distribution details may be inaccurate.
- Up to 6in (15cm), but usually smaller.
- Peaceful and hardy.
- All foods accepted.
- Well planted (with robust plants), with open spaces and flat-topped or smooth-rounded pebbles. Water chemistry not critical, but soft to medium-hard, slightly acid water preferred. Temperature range: 66-79 F (19-26 C).
- Eggs laid on precleaned site and guarded by both parents who also share in the defense of the