Apistogramma borelli, Regan, 1906
Origin: Brazil, Mato Grosso and Rio Paraguay.
Synonyms: Heterogramma borelli, Apistogramma ritense, Apistogramma reitzigi, Apistogramma aequipinnis, Apistogramma rondoni.
First European import: 1936
Description: See pictures
Care:Keep Apistogramma borelli in well planted tanks with lots of hideouts. Extreme care should be taken to keep the water clean, the fish are very sensitive towards pollution. Frequent waterchanges should be conducted, and good filtration as well. Best kept in larger tanks(1m) with a single male and 3-4 females. A dark soil and some shade will enhance the color of the fish. Soft slightly acidic water, preferably peat filtered.
Feeding: Only live food is accepted.
Size: Males up to 8 cm, females up to 5.
Breeding: If kept in proper condition, usually the fish will spawn. Up to 70 eggs are laid in holes. The female will guard the eggs and the fry.
Sexual dimorphism: males more colorfull and larger.
Additional: Very sensitive to medication!
Picture references:All pictures E. Naus
References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1982): Aquarien Atlas I. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.(click on the link to buy this book)
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