Apistogramma hippolytae

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Brazil
Length : 6,5 cm - 2,5"
Min.length aquarium : 80 cm  -  30"
Peaceful dwarfcichlid that 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.  You can keep them as a couple but is also possible to keep one male with 3-4 females.  Then the aquarium should be larger.  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.  The substrate should be dark to bring out the colours of this fish.

You should feed them with a variety of small live food.

Breeding is easy.  Up to 200 eggs are laid and fertilized in a cave.  The first days the female takes care of the fry and the male defends the territory.  After 7 days the young fish leave the cave and the male also takes care of them.  You can feed the young fishes with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Uwe Römer

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