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Apistogramma hongsloi



Picture of Apistogramma hongsloi, male Picture of Apistogramma hongsloi, pair

Photos taken at Wharf Aquatics
© Sean Evans

Common name:
Scientific name:Apistogramma hongsloi
Synonyms:(none)
Size:Up to 3" (7.5cm), female smaller.
Origin:South America: Orinoco River in Colombia and Venezuela.
Tank setup:Planted tank, with plenty of cover.
Compatibility:More peaceful than larger cichlids, but they will become territorial when spawning.
Temperature:24-28oC (75-82oF)
Water chemistry:Soft and acidic preferred, but seems to adapt to slightly hard and alkaline water (especially captive bred fish).
Feeding:Carnivorous: Will take dry foods, but live or frozen foods such as bloodworm, brine shrimp, mysis and mosquito larvae will be preferred.
Sexing:Males are larger and more colourful. Females have a yellowish background colour.
Breeding:Cave brooder. Provide soft and acidic to neutral water. The female normally guards the fry, while the male defends the wider territory.
Comments: This is a very variable species, with a number of morphs available. More colourful captive-bred strains have been developed.

 

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