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Thin-line dwarf cichlid - Apistogramma resticulosa

Thin-line dwarf cichlid - Apistogramma resticulosa

Scientific name: Apistogramma resticulosa

Common name: Thin-line dwarf cichlid

Family: Cichlidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 2 - 3 cm (0.79 - 1.18 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.3 - 7.5

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 9 - 18°N (160.71 - 321.43ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 22 - 27 °C (71.6 - 80.6°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

Thin-line dwarf cichlids will accept all foods offered. Use a quality flake or small pellets for the staple diet but keep them interested in food by adding variations of live or frozen treats. Blood worm, brine shrimp, mysis, and daphnia are ideal.


South America; Thin-line dwarf cichlids are found in the water ways of Bolivia and Brazil.


Females will have yellow colouration on their chest, the males will have blue colouration. Males will also have extended dorsal and anal fins.


Use upturned plant pots to provide caves for spawning sites. The female will tend the eggs while the male will guard the territory. The eggs should hatch after 4-5 days and after another 4-5 days the female will guide the fry out of the nest to look for food. The fry can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.


The expected life span for Apistogramma resticulosa is 3-5 years.

Short description

Thin-line dwarf cichlids are classed as peaceful and can be kept in a community tank with other peaceful tank mates. Try to keep one male in the tank, two males together will become territorial. Add hiding places with wood or rocks and use floating plants to subdue the lighting.


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