Apistogramma mendezi
 

84F
Explanation of the symbols

72F

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Brazil
Length : 10 cm - 4"
Min. length aquarium : 100 cm - 40"
Peaceful dwarfcichlid that is not easy to keep because he makes high demands on the water quality.  The water should be soft and acid.  A regular changing of the water with prepared water is necessary.  Don't keep this fish at too high temperatures for a long time.  The temperature should be varied.  The aquarium should be set up with driftwood, roots and stones that make caves and hiding places, and planted densely.  A substrate of beach- or oak-leaves is appreciated.

You should give them small live food such as Artemia or Cyclops.  Detritus is eaten as well.

Breeding is not easy.  You need a well matching couple and a perfect waterquality (low Gh), otherwise they are not very productive.  Males have a territory with several females.  The eggs are laid and fertilized in a cave.  The first 10 days the female cares for the fry.  When the young fishes are swimming free the male cares for them for 3-6 weeks.  The female is driven away.  A few weeks later the male accepts her again in his neighbourhood.

Photo Credit

Yoritaka Honda

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