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Collecting A. bitaeniata in Pebas


In October /November 2006, I visited the Peruvian Amazon (again), exploring

dwarf-cichlid-habitats and collecting fish ( among some other things ).

From the jungle-capital Iquitos, I carried out several expeditions to 

different biotopes, fish and their habitats.

One of these expeditions was to Pebas, east of Iquitos.



In the eastern part of the Peruvian Amazon, the Río Ampíyacu enter the Amazon river at the town of Pebas.

Río Ampíyacu, and the town of Pebas :



The tower-house is the atelier and house of the famous painter Francisco Grippa


I had hired a couple of local fishermen to help me find the fish I wanted, and organize the expedition.
With this small boat, we left Pebas.

We were heading up the Río Ampíyacu, and followed some of its tributaries for many hours.

This was at the end of the low-water season, there were not much water in the rivers.
We sometimes had to climb up more than 5 meters to get up to the jungle and its small streams.

For the fishermen accompanying me on this expedition, collecting
ornamental fish is the only way to make some income.
They were afraid I should tell others where to find all the fish, and that strangers would
come to take all "their" fish and their possibilities to make their living.
In respect with the promise I gave, I will not give or show any exact position of where to find the fish.

We entered the jungle from the rivers in several different places. 


Often we had to ask the chief of the nearest local village permission before collecting anything at all, and we paid a small amount of money to the village.

In the jungle, we found small creeks and ponds:







        Black water with almost no water-movement.
The depth was 0 - 50 cm.


The water: 

pH: 4,71,  Conductivity: 12 microSiemens/cm,  T: 26,6 °C

                                  There were thick layers of dead leaves and mud on the bottom,
                                       and the around-standing trees gave shadow almost all day.

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          Beautiful organismes were also seen abowe the watersurface.


Using small aquarium-nets, and a bigger landing-net operated by two men, we caught a lot of these:

Apistogramma bitaeniata, Pyrrhulina spp. and Nannostomus marginatus (up left)


      Apistogramma bitaeniata (Ampiyacu), resembling the form from Rio Shishita,
      in a box for the first time :

I brought the fish all the way back to Norway, and this is how they look home in my tanks:

Apistogramma bitaeniata (Ampiyacu):


Apistogramma bitaeniata (Ampiyacu) with fry:


Apistogramma bitaeniata resembling the "Shushupi"-form: 



Thanks to my very good friends, Sergio and Luis,
who helped me with everything !