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Agassiz apistogram: how to keep and breed in an aquarium

Hello dear aquarists. In today’s article I would like to continue to develop the theme of Cichlists and prepared for you material on the Agiscice Apistogram. This aquarium fish lives in the Amazon, which is famous for its unreal size.

Hydrobiont prefers slow-flowing tributaries of the Amazon, dotted with aquarium vegetation with soft soil.

Apistogram Agassica has an elongated and flattened body on the sides. With its coloring this fish is very similar to Ramirezi’s Apistogram. The habitat of the fish directly affects its color.

Often the color of the fish varies from blue to greenish, sometimes you can find yellow-brown tones. The back is olive-brown, the belly is orange or yellowish-pink.

A dark strip runs along the entire length of the body, which begins at the base of the tail and ends near the eye.

The color of the tail fin can also be different. There are fish with tails in greenish-blue divorces and pale orange color with a blue border. It is possible to distinguish a male from a female by the tail – it is spear-like in males, rounded in females.

The dorsal fin has a dark base, and slightly above the fin color becomes greenish blue or orange. During spawning, the color of the females changes to yellow, and sometimes longitudinal black stripes appear along the body.

This representative of the Cichlidae is mainly kept near the bottom and in the middle layer of water. In general, the temper of the apistogram can be considered peaceful, but there are always exceptions in nature. Like other tsikhlovye, during spawning, and especially females, become extremely aggressive.

A female loves the surrounding area near her shelter and a loving male starts patrolling her.

The male patrol zone should be larger than the area occupied by females throughout the aquarium, since males can be persecuted by the fair sex. If there are several males in one bank, then often there are clashes between them.

As practice has shown, for the maintenance of a group of apistograms (1 male and several females), it is enough to have an aquarium about half a meter long.

As neighbors, you can settle the peaceful small and mobile fish that try to keep in the middle layer of water. These can be rodostomuses, ornatus, minors and Sumatran barbs. The presence of such neighbors in a cichl aquarium provokes females to protect their offspring.

In the aquarium, you need to plant a large number of plants (cryptocorynes, aponogeton, vallisneria, ambulia, anubiasy, elodey), as well as organize a sufficient number of various shelters with the help of stones, snags and other aquarium accessories.

Remember that the number of organized shelters must exceed the number of females in the aquarium. The Agassiss apistogram will feel great in your tank if the water temperature in it is kept within 22-26 degrees, the active response of the environment is within 6.5 – 7.2 pH and dGH within 2-12 degrees. Since the fish is sensitive to dirty water, your tank should always be clean and tidy.

There is a difference of opinion about the love of the apistogram for water changes. Some say that the flare apitosgram makes it difficult to change, while others say that it is still necessary to periodically make small water changes in the amount of 1/5 of the volume in the bank.

The presence of a heater and filter in the aquarium is a prerequisite. The fish feeds mainly on live food, but you can try to give various substitutes.

Puberty Apistogramma reaches sexual maturity at the age of 6-8 months. It is possible to achieve spawning both in the general bank, and in separate aqua, in volume from 20 liters for this pair of fish. In the spawning room there should also be various shelters in the form of flower ceramic pots, ceramic tubes, stone grottoes and so on.

If you want to get offspring from an apistogram in a common aqua, then it is likely that the female will eat all her calf.

Experienced tsikhlidniki advise that spawning should be illuminated by a weak diffused light, and males with females need to be kept separately for some time. Already to spawn, fish are planted in aquarium water saturated with peat.

Its parameters should be the following: temperature – 28 degrees, dGH – 2-4 and active reaction of the environment – 6.5-6.8 pH.

Stimulation to spawning is a gradual increase in water temperature to 28 degrees and the daily substitution of small portions of water for a softer and sour. For spawning, the female may postpone up to 300 eggs, which are then jealously looked after. Spawning can occur both on the sheet of the aquarium plant, and on a flat stone.

At the end of the spawning of the male from the banks is better to remove. There are cases when an inexperienced young female eats all her eggs. The reasons may be the following: cannibalism from birth, aquarium water parameters, young age and anxiety are not suitable.

Caviar is incubated for two to four days, and after another 5-7 days the fry are already beginning to swim in the aquarium under the watchful eye of the mother. You can feed the fry with infusoria and rotifers.

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