Apistogramma paucisquamis

77F
Explanation of the symbols

73F

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Rio Negro, North West Brazil
Length : 10 cm - 4"
Min.length aquarium : 100 cm - 40"
Very sensitive fish that is not easy to keep.  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.  You should change the water a lot very frequently or they will die quick. 

You should feed them small live food such as Artemia, cyclops and water flees.  Don't give them bloodworms.

Breeding is difficult.  You need a good matching couple and the right water circumstances and temperature.  The eggs are laid and fertilized in a hole.  After 10 days the young fishes are swimming free.  The female takes care for the young fishes for 3-6 weeks.  When the aquarium is big enough sometimes the male chases the female and he looks after the young.  After 2 weeks the female is allowed again in the neighbourhood .

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Aquarium Dietzenbach

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