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Apistogramma fish selection

The Apistogramma has been a best-kept secret in aquarium circles in Australia. These little dwarf cichlids are fascinating to watch and there are a lot of variations of the same species which should be interesting to those who want to try a new type of fish.

Apistogramma comes from the Cichlidae family, with the Scientific name as Apistogramma in the Phylum of Chordata, Order of Cichliformes, and Higher Classification of Geophagini.

Thank you for your interest in getting Apistogramma as a pet. Please note that the pictures below are pictures that I have personally taken, but others are from Google Images. Also, before you order please contact the store so we can make sure that you get the exact fish you want us to send to you. Thanks for understanding (from the owner of the shop)

Apistogramma agassizii (Steindachner, 1875) (variations)

Apistogramma cacatuoides Hoedeman, 1951 (variations)

Apistogramma borellii (Regan, 1906) (variations)

Other Apistogramma Varieties

In the fish tank

Apistogramma do not like to be left alone – ideally, they should have a tank mate or be in a group with a single male as the males can be territorial. Having a male in a female group will also solve breeding issues if you find you do not have a bonded pair.

It is a waste to not have these breeding, if you would like this a specialty breeding tanking with pristine water conditions and 26-28 degrees celsius is required. Feeding them live food such as live black worms will encourage the fish to breed. Once the eggs have hatched, the fry enjoy eating baby brine shrimp and after 4 months they can be introduced to the community tank.

The males can look very striking in comparison to the females. Many males exhibit long flowing ventral fins. These fins which are attached on the lower front part of the body, and can grow very long in some species. These beautiful colours and elaborate fins make properly housed Apistogrammas among the most attractive freshwater fish.

Apistogramma fish like to stay close to the bottom of the tank, an advantage when combining fish in a smaller nano tank.

Distribution in the wild

These species of fish inhabit exclusively in tropical and subtropical South Americas.

There are a vast number of them that appear in the South American Western Amazon basin, the Orinoco Basin as well as the Guianan Shield, eastern Amazon Basin.

Apistogramma normally inhabit the streams and edges of the river or lake so enjoy the cover given by live plants and small caves. They rarely venture to the depth of the rivers. Some do inhabit the deeper areas.

Species Variation

According to WikiPedia there are 93 known Apistogramma that is known. Pet stores in Australia we only have access to a very small selection of these magnificent fish, with bright orange being a popular colour.

We are quite limited in Australia, most of our stocks come from Asia, and even a few high-quality species bred from Germany.

Unfortunately, due to COVID19, shipments from Germany has become nearly impossible due to the international travel being halted.

Below are what we have in store. We are very proud as a shop to have this depth of Apistogramma species and colour variations and we are looking forward to increasing our offerings over time.

Reference from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apistogramma

Nano Tanks Australia Stocks

  • Apistogramma agassizii (Steindachner, 1875) (variations)
  • Apistogramma cacatuoides Hoedeman, 1951 (variations)
  • Apistogramma borellii (Regan, 1906) (variations)
  • Others


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