Columbia

photo of Apistogramma agassizii Rio Mariera pair with fry

Apistogramma agassizii

Apistogramma agassizii (A 234 – A 243) is one of the best-known and most widely kept of all Apistogrammas. There are many different color forms/varieties in the wild and several colorful domestic strains are available. They are easy to care for and are usually great for a single-species or community aquarium.

Colorful male Apistogramma hongsloi that is not highly domesticated

Apistogramma hongsloi

Apistogramma hongsloi (A110 – A115) are fairly robust dwarf cichlids from the tropical lowlands in the eastern parts of Columbia. They are closely related to Apistogramma macmasteri and make good aquarium inhabitants. Several color varieties have been developed by commercial breeders in Europe and some of these strains are regularly available.

photo of male Apistogramma uaupesi

Apistogramma uaupesi

Apistogramma uaupesi (A 156) is a very attractive and rather demanding dwarf cichlid. They are found in very soft acid waters in the Rio Negro system and often require these conditions in the aquarium. A. uaupesi can be delicate and are recommended for experienced Apisto keepers.

Apistogramma hoignei

Apistogramma hoignei (A116, A118) is a rarely seen dwarf cichlid that comes from the Orinoco basin in Venezuela. They are closely related to Apistogramma macmasteri and are easy to keep and breed. Unfortunately, they are rarely available in the USA.

ohoto of Apistogramma iniridae

Apistogramma iniridae

Apistogramma iniridae (A159 – A160) is a slender-bodied species found in the very soft acid waters of the upper Rio Negro and the upper Rio Orinoco drainages. They are generally peaceful in the aquarium but may require demanding water conditions for successful reproduction.

Apistogramma sp. “Putumayo”

Apistogramma sp. “Putumayo” is an interesting species found in the Rio Putumayo in Brazil and Columbia. They are not a common species but they are offered in the hobby on occasion. They are fairly undemanding in the aquarium but many breeders report skewed sex ratios.

Photo of red shouldered male Apistogramma macmasteri

Apistogramma macmasteri

Apistogramma macmasteri (A120 – A121) is a robust dwarf cichlid that has been kept by aquarists for many years. They are among the more commonly available Apistos and a number of color strains have been developed through selective breeding. They do well in most water conditions and are usually good in a community aquarium or …

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