overviewWelcome home a Red Breast Smiling Cichlid and join the revival of this true dwarf cichlid variety. A great beginner's cichlid also known as the Flag Acara, the iridescent Red Breast Smiling Cichlid is beautiful, easy to breed, peaceful in communities, and not destructive of plants. Only recently is the Red Breast Smiling Cichlid getting the attention it deserves again in the hobby after the African Cichlid craze of the last few decades.
The Red Breast Smiling Cichlid should be kept in an aquarium that is 30 gallons minimum, with densely planted groupings. They require plenty of open swimming areas but also need hiding places. Fine gravel to sand substrate is recommended. Although a peaceful fish, they are also timid and should not be housed with large, aggressive fish. They require good water conditions, and regular water changes are a must.
The Red Breast Smiling Cichlid is an egg layer that prefers to spawn on substrate or leaves. Once the female has laid her eggs, the male will follow to fertilize them. After fertilization, the male then leaves the brood for the female to tend to. The fry will be free swimming within seven to ten days, at which time they should be fed newly hatched brine shrimp. They are a fast growing species, and the fry will reach sexual maturity in about five months.
The Red Breast Smiling Cichlid is an omnivore, and will consume a wide variety of foods. Freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, flake food, and both frozen and live brine shrimp and worms will make excellent food for these fish.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 1-3/4"