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Apistogramma
    agassizii
    atahualpa
    baenschi
    borellii
    cacatuoides
    commbrae
    geisleri
    gephyra
    gibbiceps
    hoignei
    hongsloi
    iniridae
    macmasteri
    ortmanni
    panduro
    paucisquamis
    pertensis
    rubrolineata
    sp. "Abacaxis"
    sp. "Putumayo"
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West African 
Nanochromis
   parilus
   transvestitus
Pelvicachromis
    pulcher
    roloffi
    subocellatus
    taeniatus



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Nanochromis Parilus

      Nanochromis parilus is a slender West African dwarf cichlid that has been known to the hobby for many years. They are found in the Congo and The Democratic Republic of Congo in generally soft acid waters. However, they
Nanochromis parilus male
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     This Nanochromis parilus male exhibits the horizontal striping on it's upper caudal fin that is diagnostic of the species.
are generally quite tolerant of water conditions in the aquarium. In fact there are reports of successful breeding of this species in waters with a pH above 7.5.

      There has historically been much confusion surrounding the name of this fish as it is often confused with Nanochromis nudiceps. In fact most parilus are sold under that name. Nanochromis parilus can be identified by looking at the patten of the caudal fin (tail). In N. parilus the top half of the caudal is always horizontally striped with alternating black, white and yellow.     


      As with most Nanochromis, N. parilus females exhibit greatly swollen bellies as they approach breeding time. Their entire abdominal region becomes a cherry red color and they develop a very prominent ovipositor. They are typical cave spawners and both parents will often participate in care of the young. The young are fairly robust and grow rather quickly. Given good food and water the pair will be ready to spawn again before long and it is possible to raise more than one spawn at a time in a well maintained tank. Nanochromis parilus is an interesting West African dwarf cichlid and is a great first species if you would like to try fish from this genus.

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