Red Breast Acara (Laetacara dorsigera)

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Red Breast Acara

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Red Breast Acara

Laetacara dorsigera

95 Litres (25 US G.)

5.1-6.1cm (2-2.4 ")




6.0 - 7.5

20 -25 °C (68-77°F)

1-20 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-8 years



Additional names

Red Breast Acara, Redbreast Acara

Additional scientific names

Acara dorsiger, Aequidens dorsiger, Aequidens dorsigera, Astronotus dorsigera, Parvacara dorsigera


Anal and dorsal fins will be pointed in males and rounded in females. Females will have a dark patch with white flecks at the central base of their dorsal fin while males will not.

Tank compatibility[edit]

These fish will spend the majority of their time patrolling the lower areas of the tank, swimming around plants, rocks, and wood. While they will swim to the surface to feed voraciously, they will also compete with bottom feeders for sinking foods. Avoid overly docile tank mates (discus, Corydoras, smaller bottom feeders), as they will have to put up with constant belligerence.


Omnivore but emphasis on meaty foods: serve bloodworms, brine shrimp, and other meaty foods in addition to flakes/pellets.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed small amounts frequently (multiple times daily) or larger amounts daily. The former option is best when other fish do not have to compete aggressively with Laetacara dorsigera for food.


Most difficult to distinguish from Laetacara curviceps especially when young - even retail shops get confused.


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