Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Maximum length is 7.0 cm TL (Ref. 36377). Aquarium keeping: several females for one male; minimum aquarium size 60 cm (Ref. 51539). The eggs are attached to the ceiling of caves, female cares for eggs and larvae (Ref. 47893).
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Distribution

South America: upper Meta River drainage (Guaytiquía and Metica rivers), Orinoco River basin in Colombia.
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Orinoco River basin in upper Meta River drainage, Colombia.
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Physical Description

Size

Maximum size: 70 mm ---
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Max. size

5.5 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 36377)); 5 cm (female)
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

benthopelagic; freshwater; pH range: 6.0 - 6.5; dH range: 2 - 4
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Diseases and Parasites

Tetrahymena Disease. Parasitic infestations (protozoa, worms, etc.)
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Infectious ascites (Ornament.). Bacterial diseases
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Fish tuberculosis (FishMB). Bacterial diseases
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Bacterial Infections (general). Bacterial diseases
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Aeromonosis. Bacterial diseases
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Acanthocephalus Infestation. Parasitic infestations (protozoa, worms, etc.)
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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

Produces 60-120 eggs. The eggs are attached to the ceiling of caves, female cares for eggs and larvae (Ref. 47893).
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

aquarium: commercial
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Wikipedia

Apistogramma macmasteri

Apistogramma macmasteri is a dwarf cichlid in the subfamily Geophaginae. It is a benthopelagic freshwater fish that lives in the Meta River and the Orinoco River in Colombia. They grow up to 7 centimetres (2.8 in) in total length.[1]

Fish keepers have bred variants with brighter colors than those found in the wild. It is possible that some of these are interbred with Apistogramma viejita.[2]

Breeding[edit]

The female places her eggs inside the roof of a cavity or underneath a leaf. She takes care of the eggs and alone, while the male guards the territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Apistogramma macmasteri - FishBase
  2. ^ Apistogramma macmasteri - dwarfcichlid.com
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