Papiliochromis altispinosus, Haseman, 1911
Origin:Bolivia and Brazil.
Etymology: altispinosus refers to
Synonyms:Crenicara altispinosa, Microgeophagus altispinosa
First European import: Germany, 1984, by Horst Linke and W. Staeck.
Description: See picture.
Care: Suitable for the community tank, although it will terrorise smaller and peaceful fish(Although from the same family, the fish is completely different in behaviour from P. ramirezi!) The fish require planted regions, some free swimming space,and some hiding places(caves), and will then show their full coloration. The fish are best kept in pairs, and are usually a bit less aggressiv if only a single pair is present in a tank.
Feeding:Omnivorous, all food is taken.
Size:Up to 8 cm.
Breeding: See P. ramirezi, less productive, up to 200 eggs. Also a little less difficult.
Sexual dimorphism:Hard to notice, females have a fuller body, males have a bit more color(especially on the body, more dark spots) and slightly longer elongated red filamants in the tail.
Picture references:All pictures: E. Naus.
References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1989): Aquarien Atlas III. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.
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