Azul Peacock Bass 3 inch
Azul Peacock Bass (Cichla piquiti) are native to the rivers and tributaries of northern South America in Colombia, Venezuela, Guianas & Brazil. They have also been introduced to areas outside of their native habitat including: Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Singapore. Key characteristics to look for to positively ID Cichla piquiti include: grayish brown body color, bluish coloration on fins, vertical dark bars throughout the length of the body and yellow dots along with a eye-spot on their tail fin.
Despite the aggression they show towards their prey, they are not considered to be that aggressive towards other suitably sized tank mates. The reason size is so critical is that tank mates that are not at least half as large as the Azul Peacock Bass will usually be reguarded as prey. So despite not being too aggressive towards tank mates, their shear size and fast, burst ambush style feeding behavior make Azul Peacocks a poor choice to keep with timid fish species, who may find aquarium life with an Azul difficult.
Azul Peacock Bass are ambush hunters who navigate their native river and tributary waters in search of prey both above and below the waters surface. Their native waters are very warm year round with temperatures reaching upwards of 86? when the sun is at its peak, and with nighttime temperatures still hovering around the 76 to 80 mark. The water conditions of their natural habitat are acidic with a pH range of 5.0 to 6.5 and a water hardness between 5 to 15 dH; as well as, moderate flow and a large volume of water passing down river daily.
Quick Care Facts
Care Level: Moderate
Maximum Size: 29″
Water Conditions: 76-84 F, KH 5-15, pH 5.0-7.5