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Apistogramma
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    sp. "Abacaxis"
    sp. "Putumayo"
    sp. "Steel Blue"
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    xingu

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Nanochromis
   parilus
   transvestitus
Pelvicachromis
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    roloffi
    subocellatus
    taeniatus



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Apistogramma uaupesi

Apistogramma uaupesi
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    Apistogramma uaupesi male in neutral mood. This particular fish has a very blue face and a distinct red wedge in his caudal fin. Each of these characteristics can be highly variable between individuals in the same spawn
        Apistogramma uaupesi (A156) is a rare and beautiful member of the iniridae group of Apistogrammas (for more information on A numbers and Apistogramma groups see Apistogramma. They are found in very soft acid waters in the Rio Negro system. In the aquarium they can be delicate,
Apistogramma uaupesi male in displayApistogramma uaupesi male in display
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    These two photos of the same male Apistogramma uaupesi were taken within  seconds of each other. This male was exhibiting aggressively towards a second male behind a clear partition. Note how he quickly switches from a full sail fin display to the tucked or swooped dorsal in the second photo.
especially for successful breeding. They require soft acid water for spawning success and they breed in very typical Apistogramma fashion.

        Apistogramma uaupesi are very expressive in terms of body contortions and displays. The males can very quickly flick their fins into a variety of different positions. It is often assumed that the very large sail-like dorsal fin is displayed in aggression to make the fish look larger to a challenger. While this might be generally true, with this species I find that the dorsal is not normally fully extended in any sort of threat or aggression posture.

Apistogramma uaupesi male with two females
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    Apistogramma uaupesi male with two females. Note that the females have slightly different colorations and patterns. As their moods, emotions and state of sexual receptivity change the females can exhibit a wide variety of patterns and colors.

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