Rio Orinoco

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 cf. 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.

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.

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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Adult pair of Apistogramma cacatuoides double red

Genus Apistogramma

Apistogramma species are probably the best-known of all dwarf cichlids. While many aquarists have never seen a live Apistogramma, their photos exhibit a mystique and charisma that captures the imagination. However, with more than 400 different varieties that come from all over South America, it’s hard to know how to approach the genus. My advice …

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