Blue Acara in a community tank

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So 2 days ago I bought 2 "keyhole cichlids" fry in my LFS.
After looking at pics of blue acara fry, I am certain that's what I got.

So will this be okay in my 30gallon community tank with my 2gouramies, a pair of kribs, platy, clownpleco and otocinclus?
I know green terror is an Aequidens cichlid to, so that has me worried.
Do I have to buy a new tank for them?
 

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Could you post pics?

If they're truly blue acara, they will need a 55 gallon of their own or your community fish will be killed. They're not extremely aggressive, but they're not good community fish. Wish I had better news for you.
 

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You could go back to the store and say you were mislead into a sale and I'm pretty sure they will give you your money back. If they are indeed Blue Acaras, they're going to need a bigger tank and if they are kept in your 30 gallon, your other fish are probably going to die by the Acaras.
 
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I have a bad camera on my cellphone, sorry for that.
It looks like blue acara fry.

Ps:
Sorry for the poop...
 

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Good pic. Fish aren't easy to get on film!

You are correct. It's not a keyhole. Definitely a New World Cichlid, but I'm not sure it's a blue acara.

Hopefully, some of our cichlid-id'ing members can tell you exactly what it is.

Beautiful fish!
 
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Thank you kindly

Yes, I also think they are very pretty.
They are about an inch long, maybe a bit more.

I am far from an expert, but it isn't a keyhole.
But it does have a "keyhole" on its side.

I would like to keep them, I plan on getting a 65 gallon either I have to move the mystery cichlids or not.
I feel they get bigger every time I look at the tank.
And they eat a lot.
 

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HI man5onite. That definitely doesn't look like a Keyhole. The finnage looks right for either a Blue Acara or Green Terror, but the head shape looks slightly wrong to me. Lets see what other responses you get........but my guess at the moment would be a young Green Terror.
 
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Yeah, they do have a slight hump.
I bought them for about 7 dollars.
I thought that was pretty cheap.
 

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Could you possibly post any more pics? It might help. Hopefully Nutter will see this, he's pretty good at Cichlid I.D!
 

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Looks to me like a juvenile apistogramma of some sort. That fish looks very similar to a couple of apistos I have growing out now. A clearer pic would help a lot.
 

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A clearer pic would definitely help but it's certainly no Keyhole. I'm actually leaning towards a juvenile Geophagus Brasiliensis or some other Geophagus. Possible a Blue Acara but it doesn't look quite right. Not so sure it's an Apisto either but I've only got very limited knowledge on Apistos so it's definitely possible.
 
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This is the clearest pic I could take.
I hope you can see a bit better.
 

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Ok, that pic rules out apisto IMO. Thanks for the clear pic!

I'm not sure what it is, but I think blue acara is a good possibility.
 

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I'm pretty sure it's a Blue Acara from that picture. If so, I probably wouldn't trust it in your tank. It might be ok with the fish you have in a bigget tank, say 75gal, however a 30gal will be too small for it.
 
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Thanks!
I feel pretty certain now after looking at more acara fry.
However, I think it's also a chance it's a platinum acara.

Will it outgrow my tank in 1 1/2 month?
I can't afford my 65 gallon until then.
 

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Size-wise if it's an Acara it'll be fine for 6 weeks in a 30gal, aggression-wise, maybe, maybe not. Since it's only a juvie it should be ok, but you can never tell.
 
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Are you guys pretty sure it's a acara?
 

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Yeah, I'm 99% sure it's a Blue Acara.
 
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Thanks.

So the plan is to get a 65 gallon tank in under 6 weeks.
Which American ciclids would work well together with the acara?
Any other fish?
Like some suckermouths, loaches?
 

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Assuming that it is a Blue Acara then you could do a smaller cichlid in a 65gal with it. Something along the lines of a single Firemouth or a Geophagus SteindachnerI would work well. You could add in a small to medium sized Pleco if you have good enough filtration & you allow for an extra water change each week if the nitrates are building up too fast.

Alternatively you could do something like 4 Yoyo Loaches or perhaps a larger schooling fish like Giant Danios, Congo Tetras or Rainbowfish.
 
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