Practical Information About Keeping, Breeding and Buying Dwarf Cichlids
Apistogrammoides pucallpaensis (A100) is often called the T-bar cichlid in older aquarium literature. It is the only species in the Genus Apistogrammoides and is very closely related to the Apistogrammas. However, Apistogrammoides normally have 8 spines in their anal fin while Apistogrammas typically have only 3.
Apistogrammoides are found in the upper areas of the Amazon basin in Peru and Columbia. They are normally found in soft to extremely soft water. They are kept in typical South American dwarf cichlid fashion.
Apistogrammoides are rather small fishes with males rarely reaching more than 2 1/2 inches in length. However, they can be rather aggressive and a territorial male can spell trouble for other fishes.To reduce aggression be sure to have a complex environment with plenty of plants, caves and other hiding places. They reproduce in typical fashion with the female laying her eggs in a cave or other secure hiding spot. The eggs hatch in three to four days and the fry are free swimming in four to six more days.
I have found these beautiful fish to be a fairly difficult species. There is a lot of aggression, pair bonding can be difficult, often females are poor brooders and the fry are smaller than most dwarf cichlids. I rarely have large broods of this fish but have maintained them for a number of years.