Banded dwarf cichlid - Apistogramma bitaeniata
Scientific name: Apistogramma bitaeniata
Common name: Banded dwarf cichlid
Usual size in fish tanks: 4 - 5 cm (1.57 - 1.97 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 5 - 6
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 2 - 8°N (35.71 - 142.86ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 23 - 25 °C (73.4 - 77°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: South America
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels
Food and feeding
Feeding Banded dwarf cichlids can be tricky, never offer large meals to them. They should be fed 2-3 times per day, small portions on each meal. Apistogramma bitaeniata will accept quality flakes and small pellets, also offer them brine shrimp and daphnia. Spirulina flake will also be beneficial to these fish.
South America; Banded dwarf cichlids inhabit the black water streams and puddles.
Males tend to be larger than the females. Males will grow to 3.5 inches, females will reach 2.5 inches. Adult males will also have a lyre shaped caudal fin.
For breeding purposes RO water is recommended. The water needs to be very soft and acidic. The females will lay their eggs in hiding places and after 5-6 days free swimming fry should appear. Initially feed the fry on Infusoria, when they have grown a bit they can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.
The expected life span for Banded dwarf cichlids is 5-6 years.
Corydoras and other Apistogrammas make good tank mates for these fish. Large weekly water changes are required to keep these fish happy and in full color.
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