Apistogramma breitbinden

84F
Explanation of the symbols

73F
Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia
Length : 10 cm - 4"
Min.length aquarium : 100 cm  - 40"
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 dry food.

Breeding is not easy.  The water should be very soft and acid.  A regular changing of the water is necessary.  Up to 80 eggs are laid and fertilized in a cave.  The female cares for the fry.  The male is not allowed in the neighbourhood of the nest.  After a week the young fishes are swimming free. The female takes care for them for another 3 weeks.  You can feed the young fishes with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Yoritaka Honda

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