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Amatitlania septemfasciata



Amatitlania septemfasciatus, cichlid seven-striped, has many synonyms: Archocentrus septemfasiatus, Cichlosoma septemfasciatum, Cryptoheros septemfasciatum, Nanoheros septemfasciatus, Amatitlania septemfasciatus Regan, Archocentrus septemfasciatus, Cryptoheros septemfasciatus. In nature, seven-banded Amatitlania spp. inhabit water bodies of Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The fish inhabit shallower areas of shady rainforest rivers. The fish can be found in bodies of water with varying rates of flow, from rapids in the upper reaches to slow-moving waters in the lower reaches.

Amatitlania semi-stripata was first described by Charles Tate Regan, a British ichthyologist, in 1908. "Amatitlan" means "place of abundance in amate" in Nahuatl. "Amate" is a type of paper made from the bark of Ficus petiolaris or Ficus indica. Sept - seven, fasciata - band. Amatitlania with seven stripes. A nonspecific characteristic because all Amatitlania have seven stripes. This does not mean that they are visible in all species in all circumstances, even with Amatitlania septemfasciatus this is not always the case.

Amatitlania septemfasciata

This cichlid, which remains small, can often be recognized by the two dark spots on its side. One in the middle of the body (actually the middle of the third stripe) and a second on the tail plumage (the seventh stripe). Sexual differences are clearly visible. Males are larger, up to 10 cm in size and have, depending on where they live, a reddish or yellow abdomen. The base of the dorsal plumage is also of the same color. In females, the head and abdomen are blue. the dorsal fin has a spot with alternating golden-yellow colors. The size of females does not exceed 7 cm. During the spawning period, the female coloration changes dramatically. At this time her coloration is dominated by black and white tones.

One observation is appropriate here. This fish probably has as many color variations as there are places where they live. So if your fish doesn't quite fit the description above, it doesn't necessarily indicate hybridization. Also, Amatitlania septemfasciata is closely related to its relatives Cichlasoma sajica and Amatitlania nanolutea.

Despite its small size seven-striped Amatitlania has an aggressive nature, which becomes even more aggressive in the spawning period. It is their fearlessness that these fish manage to breed even in aquariums overcrowded with other fish. Amatitlania septemfasciata gets along well with other Central American fish. Combinations with smaller and larger species, do not cause any problems. Combinations with other Amatitlania are less suitable. This is due to the risk of hybridization.

Amatitlania septemfasciata

Water parameters: temperature 21-27 ° C, hardness dH 1-9 °, acidity pH 5,5-8,0. Requires quality filtration, aeration and a weekly substitution of ¼ of the aquarium water with fresh.

Cichlida semiband - fish omnivorous. In nature, it feeds on insects and their larvae, small fish, snails, as well as detritus, algae and grass seeds that fell into the water. In aquariums, fish are fed Artemia nauplii, daphnia, chaff, flake food containing spirulina. The food is given 1-2 times a day.

Reproduction

Amatitlania semi-striped spawns in a shelter. Males reach sexual maturity at 6 cm, females at 4 cm.

The female lays eggs, up to 200 eggs, on a pre-cleaned surface in the shelter. The eggs hang on the threads. At 27°C, the larvae hatch after 72 hours. For the first 5 days of life, the larvae feed on the substances in their yolk sacs. After this period, they begin to swim freely and feed under the supervision of their parents.

Producers zealously guard their offspring and are not stopped even by much larger opponents. In the evening, the entire flock of fry, along with their mothers swim into hiding, and the male remains at its entrance, guarding it. The parents take care of the fry for six weeks.

Amatitlania septemfasciata

The fry are fed Artemia nauplii 4 times a day.

Life expectancy Amatitlania septemfasciata in aquarium conditions is about 5 years.

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