- pH: 4-6.5
- gH: 0-5 dGh
- Temperature: 22-29C
- Maximum Size: 6-7.5cm
- Minimum Tank Size: 60 litres, 60x30x30cm
This is a very attractive member of the Apistogramma genus, looking stunning when in breeding condition. In the wild, it is found in northern Peru inhabiting slow-moving waters with ample leaf litter.
Peaceful enough to be housed with small tetras or pencilfish. Becomes more aggressive when breeding.
Housing and Feeding
The tank should have a sand substrate, caves for spawning and leaf litter which is plentiful in their native habitat.
They are unfussy where food is concerned and will take most commercial foods happily, but live/frozen is a beneficial addition, especially when breeding.
This apisto forms a very strong pair bond and spawning happens in a cave or in cracks and crevices in tank decor. They are excellent parents, in my experience, and can be left to raise their own fry, spawning regularly. When they are showing signs of a second spawn, the fry from the previous spawning should be removed as they won’t be tolerated when the new batch arrives.
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