Three-striped dwarf cichlid - Apistogramma trifasciata
Scientific name: Apistogramma trifasciata
Common name: Three-striped dwarf cichlid
Usual size in fish tanks: 3 - 4 cm (1.18 - 1.57 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.4 - 7.8
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 3 - 19°N (53.57 - 339.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 24 - 29 °C (75.2 - 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
Three-striped dwarf cichlids will accept quality flake or small pellets but they much prefer treats of live or frozen foods. Blood worms, mysis, chopped shrimps and brine shrimp are ideal.
South America; Three-striped dwarf cichlids are normally found in Brazil and Paraguay.
Males will be slightly larger than the females and display a blue body colouration. The females will normally display a duller yellow colouration.
Like most dwarf cichlids, given the right conditions and high quality water these fish should breed. The female will tend the eggs while the male will defend the territory. Once the eggs are hatched and the fry are free swimming, the female will still protect the brood for several more weeks.
The expected life span for Apistogramma trifasciata is 3-5 years.
This cichlid is very sensitive to water changes, small regular changes should be performed and the quality must be kept high. Three-striped dwarf cichlids prefer a planted tank and are peaceful to other tank mates.
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