Apistogramma guttata

84F
Explanation of the symbols

73F

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Venezuela
Length : 6 cm - 2,5"
Min.length aquarium : 100 cm - 40"
This Apistogramma is somewhat aggressive and he needs a lot of free space.  You should keep them as a pair together with small, but quick fishes.  They should be quicker to escape the attacks of the guttata.  He needs a very large aquarium that should be planted very densely and further the aquarium should be set up with stones, driftwood and roots because they need a lot of hiding places. 

You should feed them with small live food.  They don't like frozen and dry food.

Breeding is very difficult and is only successful with a good matching couple.  The water should be very soft and acid.  The eggs are laid and fertilized in a cave.  The female takes care for the fry and the male defends the territory very aggressive.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can feed them with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Aquarium Dietzenbach

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