This brown acara fish is one of the kindlier Cichlids. It grows to a length of 5-6 inches, and is comparable to the blue acara in colouring, but is far much more subdued. It is fairly simple to breed, even in smallish aquaria.
Sexing isn’t simple. An indication of the male is that he has much more spangles, which are most noticeable on the tail.
An additional distinctive feature of this species is the big, blunt head.