Distribution: Apistogramma Barlowi are found around the “Tierra típica” northwest of Pebas in northern Peru. They are a bottom dwelling cichlid which prefer to hide amongst the roots of trees.
PH: 4.5 – 6.5
Temperature: 25°C (77°F)
Hardness: 2 dH – 10 dH
Description: A small and generally peaceful dwarf cichlid which prefers to live in pairs or a harem. The Males have been known to grow to 9cm (3.5in) and the females to 6cm (2.3in).
These are one of the easiest fish to tell males and females apart, Males are bigger, have longer more pointed dorsal, tail, anal and pectoral fins and typically have a more colorful body. Females are smaller with shorter fins, the dominant colour is yellow with a broken vertical black lines.
Diet: Apistogramma Barlowi have a forward pointing mouth and therefore prefer to eat slow sinking food or food from the bottom. They are a non-fussy omnivore which will eat most dried , frozen or live foods.
Breeding: Apistogramma Barlowi are one of the only mouthbrooding Apistogramma species known.
The minimum size aquarium you should attempt to breed them in is a 25ltr tank, although they may lay eggs in a smaller space normally they will eat the eggs. Set up the aquarium for the pair of Apistogramma Barlowi with white sand, lots of open space and a few rocks or logs for them to hide amoungst. The main considerations are – the pair need to be well fed, water quality good and the pair are not stressed out by humans or other fish.
Tip: Feed live foods such as black worms for a week the do a 30% cold water change, this will almost guarantee them to spawn.
Comments: Apistogramma’s are one of the hidden jewels of the aquarium, they have a big personality, they show love in looking after their young and they come in many brilliant colours. A community fish which is recommended for most tropical aquariums.
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Recommended Compatible Species: Apistogramma are a great community species and therefore live happily with most Tetra species (particularly the Neon Tetra and Black Tetra). They are also great tank mates with Discus, Corydoras Catfish (particularly Corydoras Sterbai and Corydoras aeneus) Angelfish, Clown loach, the common Guppy and Platy and most Gourami (such as the Blue Gourami and Dwarf Gourami like the Honey Gourami) Also can live happily with most Danio (particularly the Zebra Danio and Pearl Danio) and also many Killifish make great tank mates.
Originally posted 2009-10-21 10:15:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter