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Apistogramma arua

Apistogramma arua naturally lives in the Arua River in Brazil, South America, after which the fish is named.

The colouring of Apistogramma arua is grey-green. The iris is bluish-green. Males have a split tail fin. Throughout the fish body is a broad longitudinal stripe terminating at the base of the tail plumage. Females have a rounded tail fin. Males are larger than females, measuring up to 4 cm, while females do not exceed 3 cm.

Apistogramma arua

An aquarium with a capacity of 60 liters is suitable for keeping fish. The aquarium should be densely planted. At the bottom preferably placed ceramic pots, coconut shells and large stones. Number of shelters should exceed the number of females in the aquarium, so each of them has its own shelter. Males are polygamous and occupy relatively large areas in the aquarium, which can accommodate up to 10 females.

Keep apistogramma aroa can be in the proportion of 1 male to 3-4 females, in a shared aquarium with other fish species. If planned to keep together with other apistogramma species or dwarf cichlids, the fish may occasionally encounter conflicts, to reduce the likelihood of which should be placed in the aquarium more shelters.

Apistogramma arua

Water parameters: Water temperature in nature 23-29° C, in aquarium conditions 25-27 ° C, hardness dH 0-14°, pH 5,5-7,5. Requires filtration, aeration and a weekly change of ¼ of the aquarium water with fresh.

The menu of fish are a variety of small live, frozen and dry food. the preferred food is Tubifeed and bloodworms. The fish are fed twice a day.


Apistogramma arua spawn in a cave, on the top wall. The spawning process takes about 1-2 hours. All this time, the male is at the entrance to the shelter and frantically drives the other fish away from it. The water temperature is about 28°C. The eggs are incubated for 2-3 days, and already on day 5-6 after spawning fry begin to swim and eat.

It should be noted that this type of fish is one of the most infertile of its family, one female spawns up to 50 eggs.

All care of eggs and fry takes care of the female. During this period, the female becomes extremely aggressive towards the male and can even beat him to death, so immediately after the spawning of females, it needs to be removed. In addition, the male is not averse to eating the hatched fry. The female takes care of the fry for two months.

Apistogramma arua

The fry are fed live dust at least 4 times a day and after 7-10 days start feeding with Artemia. The fry grow slowly and are only 2 cm in size when they are four months old.

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