Apistogramma trifasciatum

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Brazil, Paraguay
Length : 6 cm - 2,5"
Min.length aquarium : 80 cm - 30"
English name : Threestripe Dwarf Cichlid
Peaceful fish that sometimes digs up the substrate material, especially in breeding time.  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.  They are a little bit sensitive for fresh water, so you should change the water regularly (2-3 times a week) with small amounts.

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

Breeding is not easy.  The water should be soft and a little bit acid.  Up to 100 eggs are laid and fertilized in a cave.  The female takes care for the fry and the young for several weeks with a great intensity.  Sometimes they kidnap the young of other females. 

Photo Credit

Yoritaka Honda

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