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Apistogramma , dwarf cichlids in the aquarium - pets


The real apistogramma's come from southern America, they all have the same characteristics, like a complicated breeding behavior, as their large relatives, only their size is different. Anyway the apistogramma group there are also some more or less all the rage dwarf cichlids from Africa, like the Pelvicachromis group. From this group the most extensive cichlid is the Pelvicachromis pulcher, also known as the Kribensis or Purple cichlid.

Generally the cichlids from the apistogramma group are more fragile and harder to maintain, and breed, for a longer age of time. In my belief apistogramma's are not real beginner species. They are more expected to get diseases if not all the environmental variables are by the book taken care of. They need soft and bitter water with a low PH value, a PH of 5. 5 to 6 is preferable. They by a hair's breadth eat dry foods, best is to feed them live foods or frozen food, like bloodworms, brine shrimp and tick larvae. Apistogramma species can be kept in a large hot area aquarium, but be sure the other fish are not too small, they can defend their territory very fiercely, and can be quite aggressive when they are breeding. In my judgment it is best to keep the apistogramma's on their own, in a better aquarium you could amalgamate two apistogramma variants together, maybe supplemented with a small group of other fish, like some livebearers or betta's. They also can be kept as one with discus or angel fish. I continually have a harem of apisto's in my discus tanks, just to populate the lower areas of the aquarium and I exceedingly like these small dwarfs with a big attitude.

The cichlids from the Pelvicachromis group are much more tolerant when it comes to water ideals and feeding, I do bear in mind these cichlids a good beginner species. They are hardened, exquisite dyed and eat more or less anything. The Pelvicachromis pulcher is maybe one of the most easy to breed cichlids as well. If you have an adult connect they will reproduce, in a convergence tank, a elite species tank or in a pond, some associates like to breed them in their pond for the duration of summer. In point of fact some of the leading and nicest dyed Pelvicachromis pulcher were pond bred and raised. The only thing to keep in mind with these cichlids is that they are adept of redesigning your aquarium, they can make huge holes and are real diminutive bulldozers. So if you have, or want to setup, a subtile planted tank, don't add a combine of Pelvicachromis to your aquarium.

The last dwarf cichlid I want to allusion is the Microgeophagus ramirezi, or Ram cichlid. Their actions and care are about the same as the apistogramma's but they are more tolerant when it comes to water values, and in my encounter they are easier to keep in good condition. Different the apistos they have to be kept as a couple, not a harem but that's the only breeding come across I have. I have tried quite a few couples, have a fasten in a breeding tank right now, but I have never even had a grab of eggs. I know from other breeders that they are kind of hard to get going, but if they do they never stop.

Auke Veenstra is maintenance and breeding hot aquarium fish, and dendrobatea, for years. He shares his experiences on the TinkerFish website.

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