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Redstripe dwarf cichlid - Apistogramma hongsloi

Redstripe dwarf cichlid - Apistogramma hongsloi

Scientific name: Apistogramma hongsloi

Common name: Redstripe dwarf cichlid

Family: Cichlidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 3 - 4 cm (1.18 - 1.57 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7.6

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 16°N (107.14 - 285.71ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 23 - 28 °C (73.4 - 82.4°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

Quality flake or small pellets should be used for the staple diet. The addition of live or frozen foods is a must with these fish. Feed them on brine shrimp, blood worms, and white worms to keep them in top condition.


South America; Redstripe dwarf cichlids are to be found in the waterways of Colombia.


Males tend to be slightly larger than females and will display more colouration. The will also have extended dorsal and anal fins.


Provide spawning sites in the form of small caves or upturned plant pots. The female will enter the site and lay her eggs on the roof of the cave time. The male will defend the territory and after a period of 7-8 days the female should release the fry into the tank. Both parents will look after the brood and the fry can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.


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

Short description

Provide Apistogramma hongsloi with a planted tank and perform small regular water changes as they can be sensitive to large water changes. Apistogramma hongsloi are a peaceful species but may show some aggression during spawning periods.


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