Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Inhabit clear, black and white water. Aquarium keeping: several females for one male; minimum aquarium size 60 cm (Ref. 51539). Eggs are deposited on the ceiling of caves and are tendered by the female parent (Ref. 1672).
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Distribution

South America: Amazon River basin, along Amazon-Solimões River from Peru through Brazil to the Capim River basin.
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Amazon River basin: Brazil, Colombia and Peru.
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Physical Description

Size

Maximum size: 40.9 mm SL
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Max. size

4.2 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 36377))
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

benthopelagic; freshwater; pH range: 5.0 - 7.0; dH range: 0 - 12
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Diseases and Parasites

White spot Disease. Parasitic infestations (protozoa, worms, etc.)
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Turbidity of the Skin (Freshwater fish). Parasitic infestations (protozoa, worms, etc.)
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Metacercaria Infection (Flatworms). Parasitic infestations (protozoa, worms, etc.)
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Ichthyobodo Infection. Parasitic infestations (protozoa, worms, etc.)
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Costia Disease. Parasitic infestations (protozoa, worms, etc.)
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Cestoda infestation. Parasitic infestations (protozoa, worms, etc.)
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Bacterial Infections (general). Bacterial diseases
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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

Produces up to 150 eggs. Eggs are attached to the ceiling of caves, female cares for eggs and larvae. (Ref. 1672).
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Apistogramma agassizii

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Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 2
Species With Barcodes: 1
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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 agassizii

Apistogramma agassizii is the scientific name for the Agassiz's dwarf cichlid, a fish that occurres in many Southern tributaries of the Amazon river.

Contents

In the aquarium

Male Agassiz's dwarf cichlids are territorial by nature. Just like all dwarf cichlids the Agassiz's dwarf cichlid requires weekly partial water changes in order to keep the nitrate levels as low as possible. The Agassiz's dwarf cichlid grows to 4 inches (10 cm.) in length. It prefers a hardness level of 50–10 m/gl and a pH of 6.0.

They should be housed in an aquarium of at least 10 gallons. In order to reduce problems arising from their territorial nature, it is important to break up lines of sight within the aquarium, something that can be achieved with bogwood, root ornaments and hardy plants. They should not be kept in the same aquarium as other dwarf cichlids. A better choice of tankmates would be a shoal of tetras or other small fish native to the river amazon.[1]

Sources

See also

List of freshwater aquarium fish species

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