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Apistogramma (cf.) bitaeniata

A. bitaeniata -Wild from Rio Tigre 2010

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A-number: 211


Pellegrin 1936

Pellegrin, J.   1936  
Un poisson d'aquarium nouveau du genre Apistogramma. Bull. Soc. Nat. Acclim. France 1936: 56-58.

Apistogramma - bitaeniata - group


Apistogramma klausewizi  Meinken 1962
Apistogramma kleei 
Meinken 1964
Apistogramma sweglesi 
Meinken 1961

Distribution and habitat

From the lower Río Ucayali basin in the west along the Solimões (Amazon) down to the Lago Januari at Manaus in the east; Peru, Colombia and Brazil.

In all the biotopes I have found A. (cf.) bitaeniata ( see pictures ), the bottom has been covered with dead leaves. The pH was below 5,5 and the water was very shallow. 

Water parameters

PH : 4 - 6
ppm : Low

My Experience

Fish from the wild often bring with them some parasites.

All the A. bitaeniatas I've caught in the wild, were forund in quite shallow water with little or no water movement. There were allways dead leaves on the bottom, in witch the fish were hiding, and looking for food.
When I give them surroundings that resembles those of the wild, and give them small food like newly hatched BBS, they seem to have a good time.
No problem having several males in a 160 liters tank (if provided with lots of structure/territory dividers like plants and wood), and I let the fry grow up in the same tank, with the oher fish.

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Collecting Apistogramma (cf.?) bitaeniata in the Rio Ampiyacu - drainage.



Clean, soft, acid water, fine sand with dead leaves of beek or oak on the bottom, a lot of wood and some plants, and enough room in a big tank with no bigger or aggressive fish in the tank, and they breed and show wonderful colors.