Umbrella Cichlid (Apistogramma borellii) CareSheet

Buy Apistogramma borellii The Apistogramma borellii, often known as the Umbrella Cichlid, is a small cichlid with brilliant colors. This genus has around 70 species, 20 of which have yet to be scientifically evaluated.

Apistogramma borellii should be maintained in a tank with a minimum capacity of 30 gallons and densely planted clusters. They demand a large number of open swimming areas as well as hiding spots. It's best to use a fine gravel to sand substrate. The yellow dwarf cichlid, although being a semi-aggressive fish, is also shy and should not be kept alongside big, aggressive species.

Umbrella apisto are an egg layer that loves to deposit her eggs in caves. If the female is not ready to procreate at the same time as the male, he will harass her until she is. If the female believes the cave is too crowded after the eggs are placed, she will reciprocate the male's actions. Apistogramma borellii is a carnivore that will eat a broad range of foods. These fish will eat freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, flake food, and both frozen and live brine shrimp and worms.

Requirements for keeping Apistogramma borellii

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Difficult
Tank Conditions: 72-86°F; pH 5.0-7.0
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 3½"
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Diet: Carnivore

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