Apistogramma urteagai

84F
Explanation of the symbols

72F

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Peru
Length : 6 cm - 2,5"
Min.length aquarium : 60 cm - 25"
Peaceful dwarfcichlid that can be kept in a community aquarium together with other small peaceful fishes, but you can better keep them in an aquarium that is set up especially for dwarfcichlids.  In a larger aquarium you can keep a group of these animals.  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 great changes of the water.  You should change a little bit of water more times a week.  It is not wise to keep them too long at higher temperatures.

You should give them small live food such as Artemia and small waterflees.  Don't give them bloodworms.

Breeding is easy.  The eggs are laid and fertilized in a cave.  The female takes care of the fry.  When the young fishes are swimming free the female takes care of them for another 4 weeks.  They can be raised with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Lance R. Peck

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