Acei Cichlids And How To Keep Them
Acei Cichlids were first discovered by Regan in the year 1922. Since then there have been some disputes regarding what they should be called and the name was often changed, but it has remained Pseudotropheus. This Cichlid prefers rocky sand and shorelines that are abundant in logs where they can hide. This particular species of Cichlid has evolved the ability to gather or harvest small pieces of algae from plants and submerged logs. Their secret is the evolution of special flat teeth with which they can take the small bits of algae off of logs and other rough surfaces. It is not unheard of that school of such Cichlids; with up to 30 to 50 members will surround logs in lakes. In rocky areas, do not expect to see schools larger than 3 to 10 individuals.
This species is very active and one might call them good natured, their behaviour rules out full fights with biting and all. Their tendency is to stick to mock fighting only. You will see the same individual becoming the bully of a school of fish or perhaps the victim of a bully, it all depends on the other fish that are around him. You will see that Acei Cichlids have very bright and vivid colours, blue, violet or deep purple hues. There are some darker ones with just a bright blue face, but not many. Their fins can vary greatly in coloring, but one thing is for sure; they make a great sight to behold in any aquarium.
You will find very few differences between the females and males of this particular species, both of them having some fake eggs on their dorsal sides. Males have a slightly brighter coloring though and they reach their full length of six inches while the females are limited in growth to a maximum of four inches. It is not unheard for males to be smaller as well. The most common and easy way to differentiate males and females remains their behavior though. Males are more aggressive; they spread their fins at invaders and such.
You could also look for the fattest fish and you just might find a male. You will find that females are a bit more relaxed and calm, they follow the school in peace and quiet although you might see a male flaring himself at her. The mating ritual will usually take place on some flat surface, a rock or a log, the two fishes will chase each other and they will weave and bob to the sides.
After the female lays her eggs, they will be fertilized by the male and then typical mouth breeder behavior ensues. The up to 80 spawns will be kept in the female’s mouth for a few weeks until they hatch.
You should probably take the females away in a separate tank, as the males will have the tendency to bump into them, making them swallow the eggs. Keep their water clean, feed them well, give them plants to play with and you will have happy Acei Cichlids.
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