Photos taken at Wharf Aquatics
© Sean Evans
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|Scientific name:||Apistogramma hongsloi|
|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.|
|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.|
This is a very variable species, with a number of morphs available. More colourful captive-bred strains have been developed.