to Successfully Keep Your New Uaru
Aqualand’s inside info on Uaru
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Origin. Coming from the tropical waters of the
Juvenile Appeal. Looking very much like many other larger cichlids when full grown, most people are attracted to the juvenile uarus – which look quite similar to a leaf fish sprinkled with white stars.
Slightly Larger Stage. At two inches they start losing their juvie polka dots and begin to look very much like their parents. For some reason they get a bit shy at this stage. They hang to the back of their tank -- until you feed them. They like to look for food on the bottom.
Appeal. Some people
can’t resist a challenge. Keeping
Size. Inch-long uaru juveniles grow into hefty foot-long bruisers looking similar to severums but with a larger mouth.
Space. You can keep one uaru in a 30-gallon tank. However, you really need a 55-gallon tank to house a pair comfortably. You could probably even crowd four in there.
You can often keep your uarus healthy in our “moderately hard”
Give your uarus a variety. Yes,
they eat flake and frozen foods. Add
some snails to clean up any excess food that falls to the bottom.
They snack on duckweed. They go slightly bonkers for live
Disease. Expect the same disease problems that affect discus. See Discus for more info.
Breeding. You will need lots of room if you intend to breed your uarus. Isolate your breeding pair and pamper them like discus. Provide large, rounded rocks and flat slate to give them a choice of spawning sites.
Glancers. Like discus, chromide, and pike cichlid fry, the uaru newly swimming fry eat the nutritious slime generated on the bodies of their parents. The uaru fry will not do well if you remove the eggs or fry from the parents. Add newly hatched live baby brine shrimp after a week or so.
Last Comments. Clean water is essential to keeping uarus and other large cichlids. Change at least 25% weekly. Add some anacharis or duckweed to help keep your water clean. Uarus will probably eat both these easily replaceable plants. LA.
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