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I just wanted to give some props to this lesser known dwarf SA Cichlid. I see lots of people keep rams and apistos in their planted tanks, but I've seen very little folks keeping the Flag Acara. They only get to be about 3.5in (10cm), are peaceful, don't eat plants, don't dig, are unique and, in my opinion, gorgeous. They like softish water to boot, which is perfect for most planted tanks. Also, a pair works great in tanks as small as 20g and they breed easily.

Here is a good article on them with some nice links: http://fish.mongabay.com/species/Laetacara_curviceps.html


Here is a pic of mine, Jenny. She lives happily in a 20g SA planted tank with two Bolivian Rams (both males I think), 4 tetras, and 4 ottos:


Petsmart had these in temporarily awhile back. From $7.99 > $1.75 on closeout! Quite a deal for such an elegant little fish!
 

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i have three in my tank!!! i'm so glad to see a fellow planted tanker who is familiar with these little guys. so much personality in a little fish.
 

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They are one of the first species of cichlids i ever bred begining to end when i was younger. I love the coloration on them, they shape, the behavior. Even spawning my pair never reallly tried to conrol more than about six inches in any direction from the cave. That allowed me to keep them in the community tank with little stress on the other fish.

If i go ahead with my 120 project and opt not to do the semi aggressive tank i want to get at least a pair in there, i'll probably pay hell seeing them but it would be nice to have some around again.

jason
 
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