Laetacara curviceps..Laetacara curviceps, or the flag acara, is a dwarf cichlid that lives in slow-moving rivers and streams as well as ponds and lakes in the vicinity of the Amazon Basin. Flag acaras will pair up at a very young age, as small as one and a half inches. The fish will flare at each other when pairing up and will later swim together and breed. They usually stay with their mate for the rest of their lives. It does not take much to trigger the breeding of these fish. Simple good treatment is more than often enough, although warm and clean water and lots of live food will help. They will almost always lay their eggs on a flat surface, but may spawn directly on gravel.
Central American cichlids sold on this site are generally 1.5 inches to 2.25 inches in length (regular) size.
All of these small fish are sold as unsexed juveniles unless otherwised described. Different sizes will be designated in the description as follows.
Small: 1 -1.25 inch
Regular: 1.5 -2.25 inches
Select: 2.5 inches
Medium: 3 inches
Large: 4-6 inches
If you are stocking a new tank or a tank with cichlids under 3 inches you will be safe with small ,regular, or select sizes. If you are stocking a tank that has existing cichlids that are over 3 inches you should only choose regular, select or medium sizes.