Apistogramma iniridae

Explanation of the symbols

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Colombia
Length : 7,5 cm - 3"
Min.length aquarium : 80 cm - 30"
English name : Threadfinned Dwarf Cichlid
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. 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. The substrate should be dark to bring out the colours of this fish.

You should give them small live food like waterflees and small insect larvae.

Breeding is not easy.  The water should be soft and acid.  Up to 120 eggs are laid and fertilized in a cave.  The female takes care of the fry and the male defends the territory.  When the young are swimming free both parents take care of the them.  You can feed them with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Alf Stalsberg

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