There are many names of synonyms: Altispinoza Apistogram, Bolivian papiliochromis, Chromis Butterfly, Bolivian Apistogram.
The main body background is yellowish, the breast and head are orange. On the sides of the males there is one dark, almost black spot, in females there are two. Through the eye stretches a dark stripe.
From the spots on the sides begin horizontal gray stripes, ending at the tail. Their number can vary between 7-10 pieces.
In addition to the spots on the sides of the fish, it can be distinguished by the brighter coloring of the males and the rays of the dorsal fin, which are longer and sharper than those of the females. The abdomen of males is orange, and that of females is crimson.
During spawning, males begin to cast in blue and lilac colors.
Plantings should be thick and create shady areas, leaving room for swimming. Fish need a variety of shelters for which you can use stones, snags, artificial caves and grottoes.
Filtration with aeration and weekly replacement of a fourth part of water are required.
Adult males grow larger than females, have slightly more extended fins and are more intensely colored.
Sexual maturity occurs when the fish reach the year, but for spawning, individuals need to be at least 1.5 years old.
Some difficulties may arise when forming a pair. Selected at random, manufacturers refuse to spawn or completely destroy the full clutch. The solution is to allow the fish to choose their own partner.
By the way, the Bolivian butterflies are very constant and the pair will remain even when transferred to another aquarium.
Spawning is stimulated by daily substitution of a small part of the water and simultaneous increase in temperature to 27-28 ° C.
Parameters of water in a spawning aquarium: pH 7-7.5, dGH to 10.
The female lays caviar on a stone placed in the spawning ground or in a hole. In the future, the parents each perform their duties – the female remains with the calf, fanning it with fins, and the male protects the territory.
2-month old fry can be transferred to an “adult” diet, and another month later, run into a common aquarium.
The Bolivian butterfly (Microgeophagus altispinosa) lives in an aquarium for 5-7 years.