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Uarus: Gentle Giants

The rare uarus from South America are peaceful cichlids for your aquarium.

By David A. Lass |

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Uarus are not often seen in the hobby. This is because they are not especially flashy or colorful fish, and it is not easy to coax them into breeding. These fish are really a true fishhead’s fish and not something that you can find in your local fish store. From the many fishheads that saw my school of uarus, the most common comment was, “Gee, those are really neat fish. I have never seen them live — only in books.” There are at least two — perhaps three — species of uaru. Fishbase.org, an online fish database, recognizes only two species.

Because these fish are not commercially farmed on any of the fish farms in either Florida or the Far East, all of the uarus that come into the hobby are wild-caught. They are basically a creamy brown color with a large black blotch on each side that is rounded in the front and comes to a point at the tail. With my fish, this black blotch was sufficiently different on all of the fish so that it was possible to tell them apart.

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Ernest    New York, NY

12/17/2011 2:20:14 PM

I breed Discus and I like to find where I could purchase Uarus. I live in New York.Thanks

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