(Apistogramma sp. Nanay/Melgar)

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Remarks: Apistogramma sp. Nanay or Melgar are from the Peruvian Nanay river. They resemble A. ortegai somewhat in appearance. They have fins with red, yellow, and blue, a thick lateral line that occasionally separates into a checkerboard pattern depending on mood, and thin abdominal stripes. 

Females will turn bright yellow with black fins when in breeding dress. Apistogramma sp. Nanay 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: Nanay/Melgar

Max Size: 3"

pH: 5.0-6.5

Hardness: Soft

Temperature: 70-82°

Aggressiveness: Peaceful

Region of Origin: South America

Captive Bred or Wild: Wild Caught

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

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

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