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Electric Blue Acara

Postby ACC in NC » Fri Oct 10, 2014 2:35 am

Is there anyone else around here keeping these? I received 8 back in June and there doing great.

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Re: Electric Blue Acara

Postby Mr Chromedome » Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:28 am

I've been hearing that these are male heavy, just like the blue Dempsey. However, when a female does show up they breed true and the fry are healthy, unlike the blue Dempsey. But so far that's all hearsay. Not particularly interested in these fish; I prefer the normal wild type. However, I find genetics fascinating, and always want to know where odd variants originated.

They look very fat and sassy, hope you get a female or two out of the group!
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Re: Electric Blue Acara

Postby Narwhal72 » Fri Oct 10, 2014 2:56 pm

I had a group of 6 that produced two pair eventually.

Fry grow pretty quickly if you keep them in a large tank. They have color from a very small size so are very marketable if you are interested in raising something to sell.

Mine produced 3 good spawns and then started eating eggs. I got bored with them and sold them off over the summer.

I found they were not that aggressive and I was keeping the pair in a 20 gallon tank with LF ABN plecos and kuhlii loaches without problems.

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Re: Electric Blue Acara

Postby yamadog » Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:01 pm

Within the last week or so, both the big chain stores in my area got these guys in stock at $25 a piece for two inch fish.
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Re: Electric Blue Acara

Postby football mom » Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:28 am

Back in the spring of this year, I bought 3 at an auction for my show tank-hubby requested something with color. They have grown quickly and I now have a male & two females, one of which spawned a few weeks ago. I recovered most of the wigglers, and the fry are doing great in a tank of their own. Nice, mild-mannered fish, good tank mates with H. multispinosus and a few large angels.
I understand these are a man made color morph-but they are nice fish, non the less.
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Re: Electric Blue Acara

Postby ACC in NC » Sun Feb 22, 2015 8:09 pm

Well, finally got the first spawn, or should I say spawns. I lowered the pH and hardness on the last water change and thinned out/sold 3 extra males which left me with 2 males and 3 females from the original 8 I purchased. Right after removing the extra males 2 of the 3 females laid eggs at the same time. The males are 4.5 inches in total length and the females around 3.5 inches.
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Re: Electric Blue Acara

Postby ACC in NC » Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:30 pm

They must be practicing a little harem polygamy as the third female is sitting on a group of eggs!
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Re: Electric Blue Acara

Postby Iggy Newcastle » Tue Feb 24, 2015 6:08 pm

Sweet! Any recent photos?
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Re: Electric Blue Acara

Postby ACC in NC » Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:41 pm

Iggy Newcastle wrote:Sweet! Any recent photos?


No recent photos but will try to get some. I siphoned out 2 of the 3 spawns and have free swimming fry but they’re very tiny.
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Re: Electric Blue Acara

Postby football mom » Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:13 am

I fed mine newly hatched bbs. They will grow pretty fast.
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Re: Electric Blue Acara

Postby ACC in NC » Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:04 pm

football mom wrote:I fed mine newly hatched bbs. They will grow pretty fast.


I’m feeding boiled egg yolk, spirulina powder, Hikari First Bites, and New Life Spectrum Small Fry Starter Formula. There doing great!
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Re: Electric Blue Acara

Postby ACC in NC » Sat Feb 28, 2015 1:53 pm

Male 4.5 inches plus
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Re: Electric Blue Acara

Postby Iggy Newcastle » Sat Feb 28, 2015 2:44 pm

Male looks awesome
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Re: Electric Blue Acara

Postby ACC in NC » Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:32 pm

Iggy Newcastle wrote:Male looks awesome


Thanks Iggy!
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Re: Electric Blue Acara

Postby ACC in NC » Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:34 pm

3.5 inch female starting to darken for breeding
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Male flaring fins
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