Threadfinned dwarf cichlid - Apistogramma iniridae
Scientific name: Apistogramma iniridae
Common name: Threadfinned dwarf cichlid
Usual size in fish tanks: 5 - 8 cm (1.97 - 3.15 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.3 - 7
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 18°N (71.43 - 321.43ppm)
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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
Apistogrammas relish live or frozen food. They can be trained to accept flake or granules over a period of time but initially feed them with brine shrimp, blood worms, and daphnia.
South America; Threadfinned dwarf cichlids are found in the Orinoco River Basins of Colombia.
Threadfinned dwarf cichlids can be difficult to sex especially when juveniles. When mature, the male will be more brightly coloured with extended finnage.
Trying to breed this species of Apistogrammas can be tricky as they require a very low pH for success. The eggs will be laid on plants or in a cave and the female will defend the nest while the male defends the territory. When the fry are free swimming both parents will defend them. The fry can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.
The expected life span of Apistogramma iniridae is 3-5 years.
Always provide plenty of hiding places in the tank so that the females can hide from over amorous males and vice versa if the female has a temper with the male. The water should be slightly acidic and of a high quality.
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