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March 07, 2021

The Apistogramma sp. "D45" was found and collected in Colombia in 2017, in beautiful blackwater:


In the bag, when they were collected:


Males, after brought home, in aquariums:


When the water is more clear than black, they mostly look like this:

When the water now is dark blackwater, the males look like this in my tanks:



When in dark blackwater, the females most of the time are with fry and/or wear breeding colors:


The Apistogramma sp. "D45" seems to be a local form of the A 165, Apistogramma cf. piaroa.

Feb 14, 2021

I selected a wild male and a female from one of my Apistogramma psammophila groups. They have never been a pair, or spawned.
I gave them a 160 liter tank for themselves: ph: 4.2  Conductivity: 70 microSiemens/cm  Temp: 25°C   Blackwater with color from Alder cones, Oak leaves and peat.
The only company they have is a small mixed group of Nannostomus eques and Nannostomus unifasciatus.
They spawned after a while, and today the father was the one to bring out the freeswimming fry! The female is so far not allowed to approach the small ones:


Jan 12, 2021

In contrast to the Apistogramma sp. "D52", the Apistogramma sp. "D58" is very prolific.

The first wild pair to breed


now has youngsters approaching adult size:

This last pair out to breed


now has at least 104 fry!
The parents with some of them:

Please let me know if you want some of them!

The dither fish are a few very interesting Nannostomus sp. aff. digrammus which I collected in Colombia
in December 2019.
They have several features similar to Nannostomus digrammus (FOWLER, 1913), but this species has never been reported from Colombia. In addition, my specimens show a tertiary horizontal stripe, which in the Nannostomus digrammus is absent.





Jan 11, 2021

My wild Apistogramma sp. "D52" are so far, in my tanks, not as prolific as many other Apistogramma species.
I have never had more than 20 fry growing up from any of my wild pairs.
These first time parents now have only 6 small fry:


Dec 12, 2020

My wild Apistogramma sp. "D48" may be a Colombian form taxonomically closely related
to Apistogramma inornata (STAECK, 2003), which was described from Venezuela.
They now have fry again. The females show some minor variations in their breeding dresses:


There are fry from three spawnings (from two different females) in the tank, without any problems. Here some older fry swim in the background, and a few of the youngest ones with their mother in front.

The males of A. sp. "D48" can show very variable appearance:


and yesterday one of them looked like this:

Amazingly, in this species the females' dorsal fins have reddish tips, and are more serrated than those of the males: