Apistogramma elizabethae – Elizabeth’s Dwarf Cichlid
|Common name: Elizabeth’s Dwarf Cichlid|
|Latin name: Apistogramma elizabethae|
|Similar fish: Other species of the Apistogramma agassizii-complex.|
|Size: male 10cm, female 6cm.|
|Water chemistry: pH 4.0 – 6.0; GH 10 – 140ppm; Temperature 22 - 30 C|
|Natural habitat: Rio Uaupes and Rio Negro region (Brazil; South America).|
|Aquarium care: This is one of the demanding Dwarf Cichlids in relation to water quality. Apistogramma elizabethae is mainly found in blackwater creeks with a pH of less than 6. Decoration with rocks and driftwood, as well as leaf litter should be included in the spacious aquarium to reflect the natural environment. Elizabeth’s Dwarf Cichlids are best kept as pairs for breeding. Maintain clean water and feed a combination of good quality food such as New Life Spectrum with occasionally feeding of life food (brine shrimp, black worms, daphnia) or frozen food is recommended.|
|Breeding: Egg-layer, cave spawner.|
Other info: Males are more colourful with lyrated to lanceolated caudal fin (age dependant), females only display their yellow brood colouration with the two dark lateral spots when caring for fry. Since 1992 in the hobby available. In the wild Dwarf Cichlids of the genus Apistogramma are micro-predators of aquatic insects, crustaceans and fry or other small fish.
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