Apistogramma viejita
Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Colombia
Length of the vis : 7,5 cm - 3"
Min.length aquarium : 80 cm - 30"
English name : Viejita Dwarf Cichlid
Peaceful dwarfcichlid that you can keep as a pair.  In a larger aquarium you can keep one male with several 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.  The substrate should be dark and the light dimmed to bring out the colours of this fish.

You should give them small live food. They barely accept dry food.

Breeding is difficult.  The water should be extremely soft and acid.  Up to 100 eggs are laid and fertilized in a cave.  The male does not care for the fry, he just defends the territory.  The female takes care for the fry.  You can feed them with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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