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Small beautiful and peaceful dwarf cichlid that can be territorial when
in spawning condition. Harem breeder. Otherwise a peaceful community
fish. However, this species is very sensitive to water quality. Adaptable
to water parameters (ph, dh, temp) yes. Adaptable to water quality,
no. Frequent small water changes is paramount.
Listed tank sizes are the minimum
||Up to 2 inches or (5-6cm)
||25 gallons (95 litres) or larger
||Mostly lower and middle but will go everywhere.
||5.0 - 7.2
||Soft to medium: dh range 0.0 - 12.0
||79°F to 84°F (26°-29° C)
Three-Striped Dwarf Cichlid, Blue Apistogramma, Three-Stripe
South America: Amazon River basin, in the Guaporé drainage in Brazil;
Paraná River basin, in the Paraguay River drainage in Brazil and Paraguay,
and in the middle Paraná River drainage in Argentina.
General Body Form:
An compressed oval body shape with elongated dorsal, anal and pectoral
Sexing & Coloration:
Males have a body color of bight metallic blue that continues onto
the dorsal, anal and ventral fins. The upper portion of the dorsal
fin is orange/red and the first three to four spines are elongated
and show more distinct separation than the rest of the dorsal spines.
There is a black eye-stripe, however it is not as noticeable as in
most species. The females are pale yellow or brown and have a dark
lateral stripe. Females become a brighter yellow when spawning or
during brood care. Sexual Dimorphism: Males are slightly larger than
females and display a vibrant blue body colour. The females are normally
duller yellow in comparison.
The requirements for trifasciata are the same as most Apistogrammas
- they require well filtered water that is soft and slow moving. They
will also need to be provided with numerous hiding places, a variety
of foods, and territories. Use plants, wood, and/or rocks and decors
to break up their line of sight which helps delineate territories. Perform
small water changes frequently as this species is highly sensitive to
changes in water conditions. They are harem breeders, so you should
always keep 2 or more females for every male.
The natural diet consists primarily of small insects and planktonic
animals. However, it will accept frozen or freeze-dried brine shrimp,
daphnia, bloodworms tubifex, as well as micro pellet food and high quality
Water parameter for breeding are: pH of 6.0-6.5, water hardness of 1-4
dH, and temperature of 82-86°F (28-30°C). They will also need a good
selection of caves for the females to choose from. The female will lay
up to 100 eggs which she carefully cares for. She will fearlessly drive
away any fish that get too close, including the male (may want to remove
him from a small tank setup). Eggs should hatch in approximately three
days and the fry will be swimming around four or five days after that.
The male might suffer the females wrath once fry are free swimming and
he should be removed (if he hasn't been removed after fertilization)
for his own safety. The slow-growing fry should be fed on newly-hatched
brine shrimp and slowly weaned onto adult foods as they grow.
Black water lagoons and ponds with have leafy bottoms.
Three-striped dwarf cichlid - Apistogramma trifasciata
Apistogramma trifasciata - Threestripe Apisto
Blue Apistogramma, Three-Stripe Dwarf Cichlid