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Apistogramma Viejita 3.5cm

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Shallow, slow moving, shoreline waters are preferred, particular those with abundant riparian and emergent vegetation in which to hide. Many localities are often found in Savannah type areas, rather than the thick forested areas many congeners inhabit. The type locality featured clear water. Electrical conductivity was measured at below 50 μS/cm-1 and temperature 28.0°C

Aquarium Size:
Base dimensions of at least 60 x 30cm are acceptable for a single pair. It is advised to find a filter which has a water flow between 4-5 times the volume of your aquarium.

Provided adequate cover and structure is available this species is unfussy with regards to decor with ceramic flowerpots, lengths of plastic piping and other artificial materials all useful additions. A more natural-looking arrangement might consist of a soft, sandy substrate with wood roots and branches placed such a way that plenty of shady spots and caves are formed. The addition of dried leaf litter provides additional cover and spawning sites, and brings with it the growth of beneficial microbe colonies as decomposition occurs. These can provide a valuable secondary food source for fry, while the tannins and other chemicals released by the decaying leaves aid in simulation of natural conditions. Alder cones may also be used for the latter purpose. Fairly dim lighting is recommended and aquatic plant species that can survive under such conditions such as Microsorum, Taxiphyllum or Cryptocoryne spp. may be added, while floating vegetation, especially Ceratopteris spp., is also useful. There is no need to use peat, the collection of which is both unsustainable and environmentally-destructive. Filtration need not be too strong, with an air-powered sponge filter or similar adequate. It goes without saying that these are fishes are sensitive to fluctuating organic wastes and should never be introduced to biologically-immature aquaria.

Despite being incredibly rare in captivity, imports are even less frequent and thus most captive specimens will be captive bred. Apistogramma viejita is not a fussy fish and will thrive in water which deviates from the natural parameters given and breeds readily when kept well.

Apistogramma spp. are chiefly carnivorous and feed mostly on benthic invertebrates in nature. In the aquarium live and frozen foods such as Artemia, Daphnia, Moina and chironomid larvae (bloodworm) should be offered regularly although most species will also learn to accept dried alternatives with pelleted products generally preferred to flake.

Behaviour and Compatibility:
Generally a peaceful fish, Apistogramma viejita settles well into a calm community aquarium with small characins, rasboras and Otocinclus spp. making ideal tankmates. Wild examples are best maintained alone or with small ‘dither’ fishes such as Nannostomus spp., and ideally should not be mixed with other Apistogramma.

Sexual Dimorphism:
Males are larger, more colourful and develop more extended fins than females. In spawning conditions and during broodcare the female will adopt a bright yellow livery with black makings through the body and face and more typically on the anterior edge of the ventral fins.

Substrate spawner which normally lays its eggs in crevices or cavities among the decor. Sexually-mature males establish territories and react aggressively to other males in the vicinity, though the presence of several females is normally tolerated. Post-spawning the male usually returns to protecting his larger territory and courting other females leaving the female to guard and tend the eggs and fry, although when maintained as a single pair he may help guard the fry once mobile. Depending on temperature the eggs hatch in 36-72 hours with the fry free-swimming after a further few days.

Apistogramma Viejita 3.5cm
Apistogramma Viejita 3.5cm

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