Apistogramma juruensis

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : West Brazil, Peru
Length : 8 cm - 3"
Min. length aquarium : 80 cm - 30"
The best way to keep this species is to hold them with about 10 in an aquarium of 1,50 m (60").  Then you can study the behaviour of these animals best.  The aquarium should be set up with plants, stones, driftwood and roots that make a lot of hiding places and caves.  It is wise to change the temperature regularly because they get bacterial infections easily.  They are very sensitive for nitrates.  A regular changing of the water is necessary.

In their natural habitat they feed on detritus, in the aquarium you can give them small live food such as Artemia, Daphnia and Cyclops.  Don't give them Tubifex and mosquito larvae. 

Breeding is rather easy.  With very soft water (2Gh) the eggs are laid and fertilized in a cave.  The female cares for the fry for a period of about 4 weeks.  A week after hatching the male cares for them as well.  You can raise the fry with baby brine shrimp. 

Photo Credit
Mike Jacobs

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