The Uaru Cichlid Uaru amphiacanthoides was described by Heckel in 1840. They are found in South America, in the Amazon River basin along the Amazon-Solimoes River drainage.
The Uaru Cichlid is deep bodied with an oval disk shape reaching about 12 inches (30 cm) in the wild but only about 10 inches (25.5 cm) in the aquarium. They have a life span of 8 - 10 years when properly cared for.
The adult is a silver gray color with a large sideways tear drop shape (point of tear drop is at the tail) in dark brown to olive in the middle of their body. There is also a splotch at the base of the tail and they have yellowish orange eyes and a heavy cushion of fat around the neck. When spawning the tear drop becomes large and black with just a bit of brown or gray around the edges and the eyes become a bright orangish red.
Care Level: Intermediate
Colour Form: Black, Brown, Grey, Orange
Max Size: 30cm
Origin: South America
Tank Size: 350L
Temperature: 26 - 29c
*Product Photo is for reference only. Exact fish may vary in size and colour.