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Apistogramma commbrae

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    Apistogramma commbrae (A93, A94)are placed in the commbrae complex of the regani group of Apistogrammas (for more about A numbers and Apistogramma groups see Apistogramma). Apistogramma commbrae are found in Southern Brazil and Northern Argentina where water temperatures are more temperate than most Apistogramma waters.  Consequently, Apistogramma commbrae may be kept in cooler water temperatures in the aquarium than most other species. I have had success with them at temperatures as low as the mid 60's however they seem to do better at somewhat warmer temps.  They are generally quite peaceful and are excellent parents.  I have kept them  as pairs and as groups.  In both cases I have breeding success.

     Apistogramma commbrae are not as spectacularly colored as many dwarf cichlids and few hobbyists seek this fish out.  However, it is a great fish and perfect for an Apistogramma novice.  There is a lot of variability in the cheek area colors of commbrae and some are actually quite colorful.  However, as a general rule, commbrae are not spectacular fish.
Apistogramma commbrae group of young adult fish        This group of Apistogramma commbrae contains both males and females that coexist quite nicely because of the incredible complexity of environment created by the mass of chain sword plants.  There are countless passages and hiding places in the plants which provide both cover and micro habitats for each fish.

Apistogramma commbrae female
Apistogramma commbrae female
Apistogramma commbrae, 2 males
Apistogramma commbrae males














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