Alto Tapiche (Apistogramma sp.)

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Remarks: Apistogramma sp. Alto Tapiche are certainly one of the prettiest and most rare of dwarf cichlids. Males have stunning blue bodies with several rows of red scales forming a zig-zag on their abdomens. Bright yellow-gold fins accent an already beautiful body. These fish are from a remote region in Peru - one that takes several days to reach by boat from the main Peruvian exporters. The Rio Tapiche is primarily a white-water river, but it is stained with blackwater that enters via the Rio Blanco and other tributaries. The small streams on the outskirts of the Rio Tapiche are several inches deep, with white sand, small branches, and leaf litter as the only obstacles. 

Females will turn bright yellow with black fins when in breeding dress. Apistogramma sp. Alto Tapiche will work well as a pair in a 20 gallon tank. A sandy substrate is necessary due to their earth-eating habits. The tank should be furnished with several caves or nooks to protect and spawn in. Cichlid caves, overturned flower pots, and leaf litter work well. 

Breeding is achieved by feeding live baby brine shrimp to an adult pair and providing a proper tank setup. Fry are guarded by one or both parents for several weeks. Dither fish such as small tetras and livebearers can be used to provide parents with targets to chase. 

Scientific Name: Apistogramma sp.

Common Name: Alto Tapiche

Max Size: 3"

pH: 5.0-6.5

Hardness: Soft

Temperature: 70-82°

Aggressiveness: Peaceful

Region of Origin: South America

Captive Bred or Wild: Captive Bred

Diet: Small flake or pellet, small frozen or live foods

Compatibility: Schooling fish, plecos, small catfish, livebearers, rainbowfish.

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