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Acaras take lower temperatures

Postby wollbug » Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:13 pm

Hi All

Which Acaras take lower temperatures , would like to know their lowest ranges.

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Re: Acaras take lower temperatures

Postby Oscar6 » Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:02 pm

Being of South American origin, their comfort zone is 78-84F. Keeping in lower 70's may limit activity, metabolism and growth rates.
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Re: Acaras take lower temperatures

Postby Mr Chromedome » Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:18 am

I would vehemently disagree, Andinoacara generally prefer temperatures in the low and mid 70s F. Most of these species are found in Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia, where the rivers start high in the mountains. The water temperatures in these regions are not the steamy 80s of the Brazilian lowlands. Most of the species often sold as "Blue Acara" are quite comfortable in the mid to low 70s, as are the rivulatus complex. I can't source the exact temperature ranges, but the higher the altitudes where they live, the cooler the temperatures are going to be. There are also a number of true Aequidens and closely related species that do live in the lowlands, and they would require the warmer temperatures.

South America is not one big flat land mass with the same environmental conditions over the whole place. There are actually temperate Cichlids in the southern countries that require a cooling into the 50s F to remain healthy. Making broad statements like "their comfort zone is 78-84F" is careless, at the very least, and misleading at the worst.
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