Practical Information About Keeping, Breeding and Buying Dwarf Cichlids
Apistogramma Hongsloi (A 110 - A 115) are fairly robust dwarf cichlids from the tropical lowlands in the eastern parts of Columbia. The most popular color strains of A. Hongsloi are among the most colorful of all freshwater fish. These strains are entirely domestic and are the result of extensive line breeding. It is also possible that specialized foods are utilized to attain the brilliant reds and yellows. It has been reported that the most colorful imports have been raised on a diet of cyclops, a tiny crustacean and rich in color enhancing pigments.
Wild forms of Apistogramma Hongsloi are not nearly as colorful as the domesticated strains. The wild forms are rarely imported and there is some confusion as to the exact nature of the various color forms that exist. However, it is generally agreed that A. Hongsloi is the type for the Hongsloi complex of the macmasteri group of Apistogrammas. exist. For a number of years this species was known as Apistogramma sp. rostrich. However, in 1979 it was formally described by Dr. Sven Kullander. Today, Apistogramma Hongsloi is occasionally imported from European breeders by a few specialty importers. They distribute the fish to specialty retailers and this species is often offered for sale. (Please note that this "often" is by Apisto standards and you might have to search hard for a period of time and be willing to pay the price if you want these beauties)
Wild Apistogramma Hongsloi are imported only rarely. Like many species, it seems that some years there are none and in others they are offered. There are several different forms that come from different waters and any given batch of wild A. Hongsloi can be of a variety of colorations.
Apistogramma Hongsloi are generally easy to care for and require no extraordinary conditions. Pairs are usually good parents and typical Apistogramma breeding techniques are generally successful. Read our Apistogramma Hongsloi breeding report below for a lot more info on keeping and breeding these great Apistos. If you ever have the opportunity you will likely find Apistogramma Hongsloi to be a great addition to your tank.
It didn't take long for the pair to settle in and within a couple of days the female had nearly sealed herself into one of the caves. The male seemed oblivious and enjoyed the tank. After 8 days the female began to bring the fry out of the cave. The first day they were still living on their yolk sacs and did very little swimming and made no attempt to feed. However by the second day mother was sheparding the fry around the tank under the close supervision of the male. He was an active partner in brood care and the female welcomed him into the shoal of fry. After several weeks the female began to make a few courtship displays to the male but never was their any aggression between them.
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