The last of the common names derives from the shape of this species’ body patch, which is dark and roughly triangular, with the triangle’s apex pointing toward the tail. The sharpness of the shape, as well as its “triangularity,” varies among individuals. In its native waters, the Uaru is generally regarded as a food fish. Juveniles look quite different than adults, exhibiting numerous light body spots.
Other common names
- Waroo Cichlid, Triangle Cichlid
- Northern Amazon and Guyana.
- Up to 12in (30cm), but usually smaller.
- Quite peaceful despite its size; likes to shoal.
- Some commercial dry foods accepted, but prefers livefoods and deep-frozen or freeze-dried diets; juveniles welcome a vegetable component.
- Roomy, with ample cover around sides and back, large, open swimming area at front, subdued lighting, and large shelters. Use only robust aquarium plants. Soft, acid, tannin-stained water (bogwood, peat filtration, or commercial “blackwater” preparation will achieve this) recommended. Temperature range: 77-82 F (25-28 C); even slightly higher for breeding.
- Challenging to achieve in aquaria. Eggs are laid on precleaned site and are protected, as are the fry, by both parents Both produce “body milk” on which the fry feed during the early stages of their development.