Origin: Guyana, in creeks in the savanna. Surinam, Marowijne river.
Etymology: Nanna(L.): small; small acara. anomala(L.): extraordinary, abnormal
Synonyms: Acara punctulata, Nannacara taenia
First European import: Germany, 1934, by F. Mayer.
Description: See pictures
Care: Peaceful fish, that does reasonably well in a community tank, providing its coinhabitants are also quiet and peaceful fish. Requires densely plante tanks with some free swimming space and a few stones and or driftwood.
Temperature: 24-25 degrees.
Feeding: Carnivorous, only live food is accepted.
Size: Up to 8 cm.
pH: 6.0 - 8.0; dH: 5.0 - 19.0
Breeding: Remove the male after breeding. Females get very aggressive after breeding, and have been known to kill the male. To get the fish to breed is easy. Slightly acidic water, some current, a nice hole(coconut shell) and a temperature of 26-28 degrees. Feed the fish well and do regular 10-20% waterchanges. Make sure the male can hide from the female after breeding. A pair will usually lay between 50 and 300 eggs, which hatch after 2-3 days. and are free swimming after a week. The fry are easy to raise and can immediately be fed fresjly hatched brine shrimp.
Sexual dimorphism: Males larger and more colorful
Additional: Very nice fish for beginners
Picture references:All pictures E. Naus
References:Sterba, G.(1979): Aquariumvissen. Elsevier Nederland B. V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands.Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1982): Aquarien Atlas I. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.(click on the link to buy this book)
Frey, H.(Unk): Het grote aquariumboek. Edition III, revised by A. van den Nieuwenhuizen. Neumann Verlag, Radebeul, Germany.
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