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Blackstripe dwarf cichlid - Apistogramma gibbiceps

Blackstripe dwarf cichlid - Apistogramma gibbiceps

Scientific name: Apistogramma gibbiceps

Common name: Blackstripe dwarf cichlid

Family: Cichlidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 4 - 5 cm (1.57 - 1.97 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 7

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 3 - 8°N (53.57 - 142.86ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 25 - 29 °C (77 - 84.2°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: Middle levels

Food and feeding

Although Blackstripe dwarf cichlids will accept all foods that are offered, they do better on a good selection of live or frozen foods. Feed them quality flake or small pellets with a selection of blood worms, brine shrimp, whiter worms and daphnia.


South America; Apistogramma gibbiceps are to be found in the Amazonian River Basins, Rio Negro and the Rio Branco.


Males tend to be slightly larger than the females with extended dorsal and anal fins.


Sometimes, it can be a difficult task to get these fish to spawn. They are cave spawners and about 200 eggs will de laid in each batch. The female will tend the nest while the male will defend the territory from predators. The eggs should hatch after 3 days and the fry will be free swimming a few days later. Initially they can be fed on Infusoria and as they grow, they will accept newly hatched brine shrimp.


The expected life span for Blackstripe dwarf cichlid is 3-5 years.

Short description

Blackstripe dwarf cichlids are a peaceful species that do well in a heavily planted tank. It is best to keep a couple of females with each male and they prefer slightly acidic water.


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