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Apistogramma viejita

Picture of Apistogramma viejita, male Picture of Apistogramma viejita

Photos taken at Wharf Aquatics
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Common name:
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.
Temperature:24-28oC (75-82oF)
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.
Comments: 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.


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