Laetacara araguaiae profile

Female Laetacara araguaiae. Photo by Paul V. Loiselle from AMAZONAS Magazine.

For those of you interested in South American dwarves, the Laetacara araguaiae is a beautiful, easy to keep little fish. If you aren’t familiar with it, check out the species profile in the September/October 2020 issue of AMAZONAS Magazine. Written by well renowned cichlid expert Dr. Paul V. Loiselle, the profile is quite detailed and provides a great snapshot of the species. You can read an excerpt of the profile on the magazine publishers website here – Reef to Rainforest Media.   

Getting its name from the Araguaia river in Brazil where the type species was caught many years ago, it is one of the Laetacara species commonly referred to as the Smiling Acara. Maxing out at about 4″ in length, Loiselle points out that this dwarf is quite at home with other dwarf SA species. He also points out that a planted tank might be best suited to them in order to show their varied colors. Even better is that, unlike most African cichlids, females of this species are equally as colorful as males, as exhibited in the photo above.


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