Aequidens maronii, Steindacher, 1882
Origin: East-Guyana; Maroni river; Surinam, and French Guyana.
Etymology: Named after the river where it was found.
Synonyms: Acara maronii.
First European import: 1936
Description:See pictures. Above is the better known juvenile appearance.
Care: A 60 cm or larger well planted tank, with sandy soil, and some driftwood and stones. Very peacefull and quiet fish, that doesn't disturb the soil and plants. Not very particular to watervalues, can be kept in soft acidic water as well as in hard water at a higher pH.
Feeding:All food is taken.
Size:Up to 10 cm in aquaria.
Breeding:Larger tanks give the best results, soft acidic water(pH6.5, Hardness below 12 dGH), well filtered, with lots of stones. The fish will select a stone and start cleaning it. After that the fish will mate, the female will deposit the eggs in strings on the stone, after which they are fertilized by the male. Up to 350 eggs are laid, which will hatch in two days. Aequidens maronii parents take extreme good care of the fry, up to 6 months has been reported.
Sexual dimorphism:Males have an elongated dorsal and anal fin.
Additional: The fish can live for up to 7 years.
Picture references:Picture 1+2: E. Naus
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