Photos taken at Wharf Aquatics
© Sean Evans
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|Scientific name:||Apistogramma viejita|
|Size:||Up to 2" (5cm), female smaller.|
|Origin:||South America: Colombia|
|Tank setup:||Planted tank, with rock or bogwood caves.|
|Compatibility:||More peaceful than larger cichlids, but they will become territorial when spawning.|
|Water chemistry:||Soft and acidic preferred, but captive bred fish tolerate harder and more alkaline water.|
|Feeding:||Carnivorous: Will take dry foods, but live or frozen foods such as bloodworm, brine shrimp, cyclops and mosquito larvae will be preferred.|
|Sexing:||Males are larger and more colourful with elongated fins.|
|Breeding:||Soft and acidic water of excellent quality required.
Can be bred as a pair or a harem with several females holding small territories. Provide caves with a small entrance.
The female normally guards the fry, while the male defends the wider territory. Fry are normally free-swimming in about a week.|
There are three colour forms of this species. The form referred to as "Form II" is very popular and has red spots on the head area.