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Apistogramma bitaeniata - Banded Dwarf CichlidMagyarul / Hungarian
Apistogramma bitaeniata - Banded Dwarf CichlidApistogramma bitaeniata - Banded Dwarf CichlidApistogramma bitaeniata - Banded Dwarf CichlidApistogramma bitaeniata - Banded Dwarf Cichlid
  • Scientific name: Apistogramma bitaeniata
  • Synonyms: Apistogramma klausewitzi, A. kleei, A. pertense var. bitaeniata
  • Common name: Banded Dwarf Cichlid, Two-striped Apisto
  • Group: Cichlids
  • Habitat: South America; Peru and Brazil
  • Size: Male: 9 cm; female: 6,5 cm
  • Biotope: Inhabits slow-moving blackwater streams, creeks and tributaries, as well as smaller rivers, where the substrate is normally littered with fallen tree branches and rotting leaves.
  • Social behavior: Territorial and tolerant with its own species. It is polygamous, forming harems. The females will select smaller territories with the male dominant over all.
  • Diet: Carnivorous; All types of live foods, such as daphnia, tubifex worms and mosquito larvae. Rarely they accept flakes.
  • Breeding: Quite easy
  • Tank: Minimum 65 litres
  • Population: 1 male and 3-4 females for 100 litres.
  • Decoration: Recommend dense vegetation with places to hide among rocks and roots. An open area for swimming is important. A dark bottom is basic. Strong water flow should be avoided. Use dim lighting.
  • Temperature: 24-27°C
  • pH: 5,5-7
  • Hardness: 2-6 NK°
  • Lifespan: 5 years

Description: The male is longer with the dorsal fin more brightly colored. Females tend towards a uniform yellow colour. For breeding needs acid, soft to medium-hard water, pH 5.0-6.0 and hardness 2-6° dGH at temperatures between 25-27 °C. Do not allow a hardness above 10° dGH. Add peat and regular changes of fresh water. The fish are cave breeders and generally spawn 40-60 eggs, attached to the roof. The female guards the eggs, while the male guards the territory. The female leads her fry in schools.