Apistogramma Bitaeniata "Apistogramma bitaeniata "
2" - 5"
Black, Blue, Orange, Red, White, Yellow
Slightly acidic (5.5-7.5 pH), soft water hardness (1-8 dGH), 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit
General: The Apistogramma bitaeniata is dwarf Cichlid, native to the northern tributaries of the Amazon River. They have two distinct lines that run horizontally, and fins that flare out to either attract, or defend from, other Apistogramma. The Apistogramma bitaeniata should be kept in an aquarium of more than 20 gallons, with several areas of cave-like structures. It may be kept in mated pairs, or with a 1:3 male to female ratio. The Apistogramma can be especially territorial after having spawned.
Fecundity (Reproduction): The Apistogramma bitaeniata may produce up to 75 eggs per clutch. This is a cave-spawner that will lay eggs on a rocky ceiling. Once the eggs have hatched, the mother will act as a temporary mouth-brooder. She will actively pursue fry leaving her territory, place them into her mouth, and carry them back to safety. The male will guard the general area surrounding the reproductive site. There is a significant amount of parental energetic investment in the reproductive behaviors of various Apistogramma species.
Preferred Water Chemistry: Slightly acidic (5.5-7.5 pH), soft water hardness (1-8 dGH)
Aquarium Diet: Brine shrimp, Baby Brine Shrimp, Blackworms, Spirulina, Daphnia, Omnivore Pellet, Tropical Flake. For optimal color, a varied diet is always best.
Dimorphism: The male Apistogramma bitaeniata will be larger than the female. The male typically has an elongated, pointed dorsal to attract the female and will also develop elongated pelvic fins. The female will only get to a size of approximately two inches, and will develop a yellow coloration when ready to reproduce.