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Apistogramma hoignei

Apistogramma hoignei lives naturally in tributaries, backwaters and streams of the Rio Apure basin that flow through the rainforest. The fish can be found in low currents, in the shade of trees overhanging the water. The substrate in these areas is a thick layer of fallen tree leaves. The decomposition of organics at the bottom releases various tannins that stain the water a brownish colour. An attractive, nimble fish. Recommended for keeping aquarists who have some experience in caring for freshwater aquariums.

Apistogramma hoignei body coloration varies depending on the habitat. The male coloration is yellow. They are especially beautiful during the spawning period, when the top and bottom of their tail plumage turns red, with the dorsal fin blue edging. Females are gray and their body is decorated with a peculiar brownish pattern. All female fins are translucent. The fins of the males are elongated. The fish are 5-6 cm in size.

Apistogramma hoignei

Apistogramma hoignei has a peaceful nature. Signs of aggression shown by males only during the spawning period. Moreover, their aggressiveness males show only individuals of their own sex, so in small aquariums can not contain more than 1 male. The most appropriate option when the fish contain a small group of 1 male and 3-4 females. Can be kept in a common aquarium with other peace-loving fish of comparable size.

The Apistogramma hoignei is undemanding with regard to decoration in the aquarium. Ceramic pots, pieces of plastic tubes with an inside diameter enabling the fish to wade freely in them, snags and large flat stones can be placed at the bottom. Coarse-grained river sand should be used as substrate.

Adding pre-dried oak, beech or almond leaves to the bottom, further enhances the natural environment to which the fish are accustomed. Furthermore, the decomposition process in the leaf litter will breed bacterial colonies, which provide good additional food for the fry. The leaf litter must be replaced with new litter every 3-4 weeks.

Lighting is low, with an intensity of about 0.3 W/l. Daily light duration 9-10 hours. Fish do not require plants in the aquarium, but if you're going to plant them, choose the species that are undemanding for light, such as some species of moss. If reducing the intensity of the light bulbs is problematic, floating plant shrubs can be placed on the water surface to act as natural light filters.

Apistogramma hoignei

Water parameters: temperature 23-29° C, hardness dH 0-10°, acidity pH 5.0-7.0. Requires filtration, aeration and a weekly change of 1/10th of the aquarium water with fresh. Fish do not like excessive water flow, so filtration and aeration should be moderate.

The menu of the Apistogramma hoignei in nature consists of small insects. In aquarium conditions, they are fed with daphnia, artemia and chironomid. Fish can also be accustomed to the dry flakes and pellets. Feed the fish twice a day.


Under suitable conditions, the Apistogramma hoignei spawn frequently. Before spawning, the male cleans the chosen shelter of dirt and starts courting the females. When one of the females responds to his courtship, she swims up to the spawning site and spawns. After the egg is fertilized, the male loses interest in the eggs and only the female takes care of the eggs and the future fry. At this time, the male starts an "affair" with another female.

As soon as the fry will no longer swim in a flock, they need to transfer to another aquarium. The fry are fed with Artemia 4 times a day.

Life expectancy in an aquarium is about 5 years.

Apistogramma hoignei

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