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January 03, 2024

I have a tank with many Apistogramma cf. sp. "Segelflossen" (Río Muco, Colombia).

Most days, the males look like this:

Today was one of those magical days (there are a few of them every year) when most of the adult males simultaneously seemed to think "I want to be the alpha male and spawn with all the females, I just have to learn the other males to show me respect". The displaying males looked gorgeous:


December, 2023

On Christmas day, two more species showed me their newly hatched fry:

Apistogramma. sp. "Oregon"(Wild):


and Apistogramma guttata:


One of my males of A. sp. "D60" (Location 11) has a funny anal fin:

                The one with an abnormal anal fin                                     and one with a normal anal fin


Some of the species with fry right now:

Now my other wild A. sp. "Ladislao" female (in another tank) brought out fry too:

At least two females of the Apistogramma eremnopyge have fry now:


The female Apistogramma rositae with fry has a hard time defending the kids: there are several other specimens of the same species in the tank. She keeps her young out in the open, maybe to more easily see when other specimens approach:


Two females Apistogramma psammophila produced fry. One of them abandoned hers, to spawn again, and her fry moved over to the other female with fry:


First time mother of the Apistogramma sp. "Balsapuerto" (A sp. aff. bitaeniata (Cenepa)) didn't produce many fry, only around 15:


One of my females of Apistogramma sp. "Ladislao", from the Río Morona in Peru, didn't hesitate when arriving in my tank. Lots of fry:


A couple of females of the Apistogramma sp. "D18", produced fry, in the same tank. And after a while they spawned again. Now there are many fry, of various age and size, in the tank:


The Apistogramma sp. "Alto Tapiche", looked amazing when it was collected, this time:

Three females spawned in the same tank, but the only male in the tank has taken over the more than 100 fry from all the females:


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:

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: