Apistogramma rupununi

86F
Explanation of the symbols

72F
Family : Cichlidae
Origin : North-east Brazil, Guyana
Length : 9 cm - 3,5"
Min.length aquarium : 100 cm - 40"
English name : Two-spot Apistogramma
Peaceful dwarfcichlid, only the male is sometimes aggressive to females that don't want to mate.  A male forms a harem and as a result, should be kept in a ration of one male to every three or four females. The male defends a large territory in which several females have their own small territory and 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 give them small live food such as Cyclops, Artemia or small insect larvae.  Frozen and dry food are accepted as well.

Breeding is possible if the water quality is right. The water should be soft and acid.  The  eggs are laid and fertilized in a cave.  The male defends the territory.  The female takes care for the fry.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can feed them with baby brine shrimp.  Then the male is allowed by the female in the neighbourhood of the young again.

Photo Credit

Jens Gottwald

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