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Apistogramma agassizi (Steindachner 1875)

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Apistogramma agassizii is a small freshwater fish of the Cichlidae family. They come in many color forms including red, gold, and blue and, depedning upon where they originate geographically may have considerably varying colors and patterning.

Distribution: Amazon River basin, along Amazon-Solimões River from Peru through Brazil to the Capim River basin.

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Natasha Khardina
GPS
-1.8340560, -55.0961533
Geographical region
South America
Drainage Basin
Amazon
River catchment
Igarapè Ipixuna
Water body type
Lake
Water body name
Barra Mansa
Water body part
Water body course
Water body: tributary of
Rio
Tributary name
Curuá
Type locality
Lake Manacapurú, Amazonas state
Conservation status/IUCN Red List
Not Evaluated (NE)

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Water Chemistry

Water information

Water type
Fresh water
Water color
Mixed water
Water transparency
Low
Concentration of sediments
Medium
Water temperature
26-29 °C
Water flow/curent
Slow

Chemical parameters

pH
5-7
Conductivity
2-10
GH
KH
Dissolved Oxygen

Biology

Standard length
4.2 cm
Water volume (min. aquarium)
60 l
Social behaviour
Group fish
Behaviour description

Apistogramma agassizii is a great fish for intermediate fish keepers with some experience in keeping cichlids. They are on the smaller side and are not overly aggressive. They are easy to feed and generally easy to maintain aside from fairly frequent water changes. If the water is properly maintained and they are feed a variety of foods this fish will thrive.

Captive-raised fish are the recommended choice for the general aquarium community. Wild examples are best maintained alone or in a small biotope community and ideally should not be mixed with other Apistogramma.

Aggression grade
Peacefull
Activity
Day active
Sexual dimorphism

Apistogramma agassizii males develop more extended fins than females. They are also larger and more colourful.

Nutrition in Nature

This cichlid species are primarily carnivorous and, apparently, feeds mostly on benthic invertebrates.

Reproduction

Breeding tank set-up

It is recommended to use soft, sandy substrate with wood roots and branches placed in such a way that they form plenty ohiding places and caves. The addition of dried leaf litter is necessary.

Nutrition parents

Live and frozen foods such as Artemia, Daphnia and chironomid larvae (bloodworm) should be offered regularly, although most specimens will also learn to accept dried alternatives: usually pellet is preferred to flakes.

Mating type
Polygamous
Spawning behaviour

Substrate spawner which normally lays its eggs in crevices or cavities among the décor. The female is responsible for the post-spawning care of eggs and fries.

Breeding habits
Substrate-spawning
Hatching period
3 – 5 days depending on the temperature
Number of eggs in average
up to 150
Parental care
Yes
Fry number
Variable
Nutrition fry

The initial phase of feeding the larvae hinges on the consumption of the yolk sack, after which it is necessary to feed them with freshly hatched brine shrimp. If the fry is kept in the community tank, it is recomended to use a special straw or siringa to direct the nauplii to the branch of fry.

Notes on reproduction

In the smaller aquaria the males should to be removed as they may become hyper-aggressive.

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