Apistogramma cichlid is a genus of fish in the family. apistogramma cichlid found in South America. They are relatively small and belong among the dwarf cichlid. Most species are strongly sexually dimorphic, with males generally larger and differently coloured to females. In a few species this pattern is reverse. All species are micropredator. Their main prey items consist of fry of other fish, insect larvaeand other inverterbrates Brood care is highly developed, as in most cichlids. Nearly all species spawn in caves, typically under rocks or in holes in sunken logs or branches.
In three of the described species, and a pantalone, both females and males are mouthbrooding. A number of breeding strategies exist. Some species breed in polygamous harems, while other species form monogomous pairs. In most cases, regardless of the breeding strategy, the female is more highly involved with brood care, whilst the male defends a territory from predators. The sex of the fry is affected by the water conditions, with warmer and more acid water favoring more males.
In addition, this fish is rather more aggressive then the Aequidens pulcher cichlid and in English speaking countries it’s even called apistogramma cichlid. cichlid care is rather easy since it isn’t a demanding fish. But still it?s recommended for experienced aquarists, since the fish is demanding to water parameters and it requires qualitative feed.
Also as it is always true as for the large cichlid fish; this one is rather large and aggressive, it needs a spacious tank.
What To Feed apistogramma cichlids
apistogramma cichlid tend to be carnivorous in the wild feeding on worms, small crustaceans and insects. They are not fussy eaters in home aquariums. They are omnivorous opportunistic fish and we would recommend feeding them a varied diet. You can feed them pellets, frozen and live food. Keep in mind that live food is always better. Shrimps, earth worms, mussel meat, flakes and pellets are all good fish feeds. You can also feed them with crickets, fish fillets and tube worms.
Larger pellets, flakes and live food are recommended for larger specimens. Occasionally, you can also feed them vegetables such as cooked peas and spinach.
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT FEEDING AQUARIUM FISH
In nature, fish eat whenever they are hungry and the food is available. If food sources are plentiful, they will eat several times a day. On the other hand, if food sources are scarce, they might go for days between meals. For this reason, fish are very opportunistic and will eat whenever they have a chance.
Regardless of one or two feedings, the key is to keep each feeding very small. Do Not overfeed your fish. Whenever in doubt, the best practice is to underfeed your fish. There are a lot of health concerns related to overfeeding your fish.