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Apistogramma hongsloi



Apistogramma hongsloi is a rather beautiful dwarf cichlid living in the rivers of eastern Colombia. The fish can be found in quiet backwaters and areas with low currents. The fish are easy to care for and can be kept even by beginners. The wild forms of Apistogramma hongsloi are not as colorful and are rather rarely imported. Currently, as a result of breeding, many color variations of these fish, which are mixed with each other give hybrid offspring, making them even more difficult to correctly classify.

Apistogramma hongsloi

Apistogramma hongsloi has a colorful coloration dominated by red-yellow hues. Along the sides passes weakly expressed dark or reddish longitudinal stripe. The coloration of males is brighter than that of females. In addition, males are slightly larger than females, their size reaches 6 cm, while the size of the females not more than 4.5 cm.

Apistogramma hongsloi in general, conflict-free fish and can be kept in a common aquarium with other peace-loving fish similar in size. Keep apistogramma need either a pair or a small harem consisting of 1 male and 3-5 females. In one aquarium should not be more than 1 male, otherwise there will be constant conflict between them for the right to be leader in the group.

For one pair of fish aquarium volume should be at least 50 liters. Pisces unpretentious to the internal arrangement of the aquarium and can be content with almost any conditions of detention - most importantly, that the water in the aquarium corresponded to the required parameters.

Water parameters: temperature 23-29° C, hardness dH 1-15°, acidity pH 5,5-7,0. Requires quality filtration, aeration and weekly replacement of 1/6 of the aquarium water with fresh. Strong water currents should not be allowed.

Apistogramma hongsloi

It is desirable to use coarse river sand as a substrate. At the bottom can be placed snags, and the perimeter of the aquarium to plant shade-loving plants. In natural conditions, where these fish live, the bottom is strewn with fallen leaves of trees. To bring aquarium conditions close to natural ones need to put pre-dried oak leaves at the bottom. During decomposition, these leaves will contribute to the development of microorganisms, which are excellent food for the fry.

Lighting intensity of about 0.3 W / L. The daylight hours are 9-10 hours per day.

The menu should consist mainly of fish food of animal origin: bloodworms, daphnia, artemia. Also fish are fed dry flake food containing spirulina. Feed the fish 1 to 2 times a day.

Reproduction

Breeding fish can be in a common tank, where the permanent fish live, but given that the male during the spawning period becomes very aggressive, it is better manufacturers to transplant into the spawning tank, where fish will feel much more calm.

During spawning, the female spawns eggs on the walls of snags or a hole in the ground among the thickets of plants. After fertilization of eggs by the male, the female remains to protect the clutch, and later begins to take care of fry. Once the female spawns, the male should be removed to another aquarium.

The fry are fed live dust, and after 1-1.5 weeks begin to give artemium.

Apistogramma hongsloi.

The life expectancy of Apistogramma hongsloi in aquarium conditions is 6-8 years.

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