Apistogramma diplotaenia

84F
Explanation of the symbols

75F

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Brazil, Venezuela
Length : 5,5 cm - 2,5"
Min.length aquarium : 100 cm - 40"
These fishes are very aggressive to each other, so they need a lot of space to make their territory.  When you keep them in an aquarium that is too small, they fight to death.  To other fishes they are peaceful.  When you keep them together with fishes that are too big they get shy and stressed.  The aquarium should be set up with stones, driftwood and roots, and on the sides and background densely planted, because they need hiding places. The substrate should be fine sand.

You should give them small live food as Artemia, small waterflees and insect larvae.

Breeding is difficult.  You should have a good matching couple and the water should be extremely soft and acid.  The eggs are laid and fertilized in a pit.  The female takes care of the fry and the male defends the territory.  When the young fishes are swimming free both parents take care of them very carefully for up to 6 weeks.  The first days you can feed the young with fine infusoria and some days later with baby brine shrimp.

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