Apistogramma bitaeniata

Explanation of the symbols

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Brazil, middle Amazone
Length : 6 cm - 2,5"
Min.length aquarium : 80 cm - 30"
English name : Twostriped Dwarf Cichlid
This peaceful dwarfcichlid can be kept in a community aquarium together with other small peaceful fishes, but you can better keep them in an aquarium that is set up especially for dwarfcichlids. A male forms a harem and as a result, should be kept in a ration of one male to every three or four females. Males defend a large territory in which several females may guard their own brood. The aquarium should be set up with stones, driftwood and roots, and on the sides and background densely planted, because they need hiding places.

You should feed the fish with live or frozen food. They barely accept  food that does mot move.

Breeding is not easy.  Up to 100 eggs are laid and fertilized in a cave.  The female takes care of the eggs and the fry.  After 3 days the eggs hatch and another 5 days later the young fishes are swimming free.  You can feed them with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Yoritaka Honda

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