From Germany, we have finally sourced male/female pairs of this rare dwarf cichlid. These Rio Miua Agassizii Dwarf Cichlid specimens are F1, meaning they were captive-bred from wild-caught parents. Typically, fish from this lineage exhibit more wild-like behavior which is always a treat for the serious Apistogramma keeper or breeder. These fantastic fish of course exhibit totally natural coloration and patterning, having never been manipulated through cross-breeding or in-breeding. The most notable feature of this species is exhibited in some older, fully-grown males, which is the development of incredibly long and spectacular ventral finnage. The cross-hatching on the bodies are something to behold. Another feature of this wild-type Apistogramma are the bands and streaks of white throughout the tails, swirling together in a very curious yet unmistakable 'Agassizii' pattern.
In the wild these fish are collected from a variety of different places, spread in many tributaries in the northern end of South America. These fish are collected in their variety of color forms from a vast array of land. They may also be reclassified into more detail where they separate different collection points into distinct species. No matter what collection point these fish came from, keep in mind that the water will never be above a 6.5 pH, and the water hardness is almost always nonexistent because of the amount of rotting leaves and branches in the water. Our tank bred fish are far more tolerant to varying water conditions, and these fish will be very happy in water that is slightly acidic to neutral. The water hardness can be up to 400ppm, which is exponentially higher than they would ever see in the wild. Getting fish that have been tank bred over many generations is a great benefit since they are much more tolerant to different water parameters, but these fish would still appreciate having branches and leaves added to the tank for them to hide in and nibble on.
Apistogramma agassizii is a wonderful addition to a peaceful community tank, and it tends to not bother most fish that are not of the same species as itself. For tank mates some great additions to have with this fish are smaller tetras and rasboras. These will stay closer to the water's surface and give the dwarf cichlids a sense of security as dither fish. In a community setup such as this, these beautiful fish will show off more of their natural behavior and exhibit their brightest coloration. These fish ship individually bagged.
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