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Apistogramma macmasteri

Picture of Apistogramma macmasteri, male
Apistogramma macmasteri, male

Photo taken at Wharf Aquatics
© Sean Evans

Common name:Macmaster's dwarf cichlid
Scientific name:Apistogramma macmasteri
Size:Up to 3" (7.5cm), female smaller.
Origin:South America
Tank setup:Planted tank, with rock or bogwood caves.
Compatibility:More peaceful than larger cichlids, but they will become territorial when spawning.
Temperature:24-28oC (75-82oF)
Water chemistry:Soft and acidic, pH 5.5 - 6.8 preferred. Although the fish are more likely to look their best and breed in their preferred water, they will usually adapt to slightly harder alkaline water in the aquarium.
Feeding:Carnivorous: Will take dry foods, but live or frozen foods such as bloodworm, brine shrimp and mosquito larvae will be preferred.
Sexing:Males are larger and have a rounded caudal fin with red edges.
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 very small entrance. The female normally guards the fry, while the male defends the wider territory. Fry are normally free-swimming in about a week.


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