R125.00 – R350.00
- SOLD AS SINGLE FISH. Buying even numbers, we’ll make up as pairs.
- If buying odd numbers, please indicate preferred sex.
(Apistogramma Trifasciata) EIGENMANN & KENNEDY, 1903
Also known as a Three-Striped Apisto
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- Temperature: 20 – 25 °C
- pH: 5.0-7.0
- Hardness: 0 – 179 ppm
- Max Size: Males: 55 mm (Standard length)
Females: 40 mm (Standard length)
- Min Recommended Tank Size: Base dimensions of 45 cm x 30 cm or equivalent are acceptable for a single pair with a group requiring larger quarters.
- HAREM SPAWNER: Apistogramma Trifasciata are harem breeders and ideally 1 Male should be placed with 2 females in a tank measuring at least 90 cm x 30cm so each female can cordon off her own territory
Apistogramma spp. are chiefly carnivorous and feed mostly on benthic invertebrates in nature.
In the aquarium live and frozen foods such as Artemia, Daphnia, Moina and chironomid larvae (bloodworm) should be offered regularly although most species will also learn to accept dried alternatives with pelleted products generally preferred to flake.
Sluggish creeks, tributaries and smaller rivers, especially in areas where leaf litter collects.
Provided adequate cover and structure is available this species is unfussy with regards to décor with ceramic flowerpots, lengths of plastic piping and other artificial materials all useful additions.
A more natural-looking arrangement might consist of a soft, sandy substrate with wood roots and branches placed such a way that plenty of shady spots and caves are formed.
The addition of dried leaf litter provides additional cover and spawning sites, and brings with it the growth of beneficial microbe colonies as decomposition occurs.
These can provide a valuable secondary food source for fry, while the tannins and other chemicals released by the decaying leaves aid in simulation of natural conditions. Alder cones may also be used for the latter purpose.
Fairly dim lighting is recommended and aquatic plant species that can survive under such conditions such as Microsorum, Taxiphyllum or Cryptocoryne spp. may be added, while floating vegetation, especially Ceratopteris spp., is also useful.
There is no need to use peat, the collection of which is both unsustainable and environmentally-destructive.
Filtration need not be too strong, with an air-powered sponge filter or similar adequate.
It goes without saying that these are fishes are sensitive to fluctuating organic wastes and should never be introduced to biologically-immature aquaria.
This species also requires require acidic conditions with negligible carbonate hardness and low general hardness so a reverse osmosis unit or other method of obtaining soft water may need to be employed, and this can be further acidified using phosphoric acid or similar if necessary.
That said it is less fussy than some congeners and can withstand slightly soft, neutral water, with aquarium-bred specimens more adaptable still.
Behaviour & Compatibility
Captive-raised fish are the recommended choice for the community aquarium.
Wild examples are best maintained alone or with small ‘dither’ fishes such as Nannostomus spp., and ideally should not be mixed with other Apistogramma.
Males are larger, more colourful and develop more extended fins than females
Trio (1M 2F), Male, Female
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