Apistogramma borellii
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Apistogramma borellii

Common Names: Umbrella Cichlid
Yellow Dwarf Cichlid
Synonyms: Heterogramma borellii
Family: Cichlidae
Category: Cichlids
Distribution: America - South; Amazon River, South America.
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Territorial; Peaceful, but territorial.
Diet: Carnivore; Carnivore
Care: Feed with mainly live foods for best health and colour. Flakes can be used. Dense vegetation is needed around the edges and a few large, flat rocks in the middle. Hiding places made into caves and hollows are recommended. <i>Apistogramma borellii</i> is sensitive to nitrates so frequent water changes with a good water conditioner is needed.
6 - 6.8
23°C - 26°C
73°F - 79°F
5 dH - 20 dH
Potential Size: Male: 7cm (2.8")
Female: 7cm (2.8")
Water Region: Middle, Bottom; Middle-Bottom
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: The male has brighter colours and is larger with pointed dorsal and anal fins. Be careful though; some males exhibit female colouring to avoid territorial disputes with other males.
Breeding: Use an acidic pH (6.0-6.2) and a higher temperature of up to 28°C. The eggs are laid on the roof of a cave or an upturned pot. The female carefully guards the fry but sometimes lacks security with the eggs. Use a ratio of one male to three or four females.
Comments: Can be senisitve to some medications.
Main Colours: Gold, Blue, Yellow
Markings: Not Specified
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Convex
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Submitted By: Adam
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