Apistogramma rubrolineata: is it suitable for a community aquarium?
A pair of Apistogramma rubrolineata was successfully bred in the aquarium of the Berlin Aquarium in June 2012. The parents are still on display, but the fry has been transferred to the fish hatchery where they will grow up to be sold.
This is great news for all Apistogramma aficionados out there! But it raises the question of whether this species is really suitable for a community tank. Or maybe breeding them is only possible if you have a dedicated pair tank with thickets of fine-leaved plants?
Apistogramma rubrolineata, an Amazonian dwarf cichlid, is a popular aquarium fish. It comes in many colors and patterns, all of which are beautiful, and it is small enough to be kept by aquarists lacking the resources to set up larger tanks.
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This fish is not always peaceful with other dwarf cichlids. If you keep multiple males together, they may fight viciously; if you keep multiple females together, they will spawn constantly. It’s best to keep one male with two or three females; this will reduce aggression between the sexes and also let you enjoy watching the breeding behavior.
Apistogramma rubrolineata is a lovely fish. It has a red lateral line, hence the name. It comes from Brazil. It is very popular among aquarists.
What is the history of Cichlids?
Cichlids are a very ancient and extensive classification of fishes dating back millions of years before, for example, dinosaurs. Cichlids probably originated around 550 million years ago (give or take a month or two 😀) and there are somewhere in the region of 2,000 to 3,000 different species, of which around 1,700 have been classified (at the time of writing).
Cichlids can make excellent community fish but you should take care because not all Cichlids are good community fish and may devastate an established aquarium, treating their tankmates as food, so before choosing a Cichlid, please ensure that you know whether or not your choice will be appropriate to your needs.
Apistogramma rubrolineata: from where does it originate?
I’ve been puzzling over the Apistogramma rubrolineata for a while now.
It’s one of the most beautiful freshwater fish. They are available from many suppliers in a myriad of colors, and a tank full is a thing of beauty.
I have three in a 200 liter tank along with other tetras and corydoras. They have been in there for about two years. They have spawned once, but that was about it. They don’t really do much at all – they just hang around near the surface gorging themselves on flake food and algae wafers.
The reason I’ve been puzzled is that I’m not sure where they come from or how they got to be so colorful from such muted ancestors.
My assumption when I first got them was that I’d bought wild-caught animals and that they came from somewhere like the Rio Negro or maybe even further up into Colombia or Peru.
They look like nothing else we get here in Britain, and nothing else we get here looks like them; they’re far too colorful and exotic to be bred for sale by UK breeders (who seem to prefer “natural” wild-type coloration for their Apistos). And yet I’ve never seen
Apistogramma is a genus of small freshwater fish in the family Cichlidae. There are over 60 described species in the genus, ranging from South America to Central America and Mexico.
The tank of my Apistogramma rubrolineata is too small for this dwarf cichlid, but it has survived there until now, growing slowly with time. The tank is designed for fancy goldfish, so it has a very wide opening; even though the dwarf cichlid is only 2 centimeters (0.79 inch) long, it has no problem entering and leaving the tank through the opening.
What are the basic characteristics of Apistogramma rubrolineata
Apistogramma rubrolineata is a small fish, 1.5 cm long, that comes from the Rio Chanchamayo in Peru. It has a reddish stripe running along the top of its body and a black line through it.
The first thing to say about this fish is that it is particularly interesting. It lives in black water, and it’s blackish all over; even its eyes are black. It has no interesting adaptations to help it survive in the wild; no poison sting, no armored skin. It eats algae and dead material and leftovers from other animals’ meals. Its life cycle is not very unusual: an egg hatches into a larva that becomes a juvenile fish that becomes an adult fish; the juveniles look like the adults but smaller, and they tend to stay together in small shoals
Apistogramma rubrolineata is a dwarf cichlid from Peru. It is a strikingly patterned fish that is popular in the aquarium trade. The name Apistogramma comes from the Greek words apiste, meaning deceit or trickery, and gramme, meaning line. The common name “dwarf cichlid” refers to its relatively small adult size compared to other types of cichlids.
What is the physical appearance of Apistogramma rubrolineata
If you want to get an idea of what this fish looks like, there is a photo of one above.
Apistogramma rubrolineata is a dwarf cichlid from South America. They are also known as Three-lined Apistos, Red-line Apistos, and Three Stripe Dwarf Cichlids. The males have a blue body with three white or yellow stripes going down their sides. Females are a brownish color with a darkish head. They have a black band going across the eyes and along the back of the fish. The male’s dorsal fin is tinted blue while the female’s is tinted brown.
What is the living environment of Apistogramma rubrolineata
Apistogramma rubrolineata is a species of cichlid fish that is found in South America. It is a popular aquarium fish. This species can inhabit a variety of habitats, ranging from slow-moving rivers to fast-moving streams and lakes.
In the wild, Apistogramma rubrolineata has been found at depths from 4–25m. They have been collected from stream beds with rocks and leaf litter as well as rocky areas with little sediment. In their natural habitat, they tend to live singly or in small groups. They feed on zooplankton and benthic insects.
At night, Apistogramma rubrolineata will leave the surface and find shelter among the rocks and leaf litter on the stream bed. During the day, these fish will rest near the shore or at mid-depths and will not hide during this time period. These fish are known to jump out of the water when startled.
This species is not considered threatened by any country within its range; it is common throughout most of its range and occurs over a large area.
Apistogramma rubrolineata is a dwarf cichlid fish that is common in the aquarium trade. This fish is popular among fish hobbyists due to its attractive color pattern and generally easy-going disposition.
Apistogramma rubrolineata is also known under different names, including “Blue-lined Cichlid” and “Blood Parrot Cichlid”. This fish species has been classified in several genera, including Apistogramma, Crenicara and Heros. However, recent publications consider A. rubrolineata to be a member of the genus Apistogramma.
In the wild, A. rubrolineata lives in the Amazon basin in South America. Being a dwarf cichlid, it is a substrate spawner that deposits its eggs on top of the aquarium substrate rather than inside caves or other hiding places. It can live in an aquarium with a capacity of 20 gallons or more, provided that there are rocks scattered throughout the tank for it to hide among and some open spaces for swimming.
What is the diet of Apistogramma rubrolineata
In a tank, Apistogramma rubrolineata should be fed a varied diet of small live and frozen foods. To keep your fish healthy and vivid, feed them brine shrimp, daphnia, bloodworms, and glass worms. You can also give them finely chopped earthworms and tubifex worms. Shrimp pellets, crushed flake food, and freeze-dried foods work well as supplementary foods to provide additional nutrition such as vitamins and minerals.
The Apistogramma rubrolineata is a species of fish that lives in the Amazon river. It’s not a very colorful fish, but it’s quite popular because it is easy to breed, has no special requirements for water chemistry, and doesn’t take up much space.
The Apistogramma rubrolineata feeds on algae that grow on the surface of the rocks at the bottom of the river. It does not have any teeth or any other hard structures that are used to bite pieces off plants or animals. Instead, it has a long sticky tongue that can be extended out of its mouth to catch small pieces of algae floating by. The sticky tongue quickly retracts back into its mouth after it has licked up the algae piece.
The diet of this species is mainly composed of green algae species (Chlorophyta). The species also feeds on diatoms (Bacillariophyta). Some other food items include bacteria (Protozoa) and other microorganisms (Fungi).
The Apistogramma rubrolineata is a beautiful fish. It lives in the Amazon basin. It has two red stripes along the side of its body. Otherwise, it is yellow or orange with black spots. As usual, there are variations; some older individuals are solid orange-red.
What are the sexual differences between male and female Apistogramma rubrolineata
The first thing to understand about Apistogramma rubrolineata is that they are beautiful. Males are bright red with black stripes; females are bright red with orange stripes. If you like the colors of tropical fish, you will like these fish.
The second thing to understand about Apistogramma rubrolineata is that they are small; the biggest one will fit comfortably on the palm of your hand. The second thing to understand about them is that they are fast; very fast, nearly impossible to catch.
One of the commonly accepted differences between male and female Apistogramma rubrolineata is that the females are larger than males. The difference is quite dramatic in fact, because female A. rubrolineata can grow to around an inch (2.5 cm) long whereas males rarely get above half an inch (1 cm).
What is an ideal aquarium size for Apistogramma rubrolineata
Apistogramma rubrolineata is a dwarf cichlid native to the Rio Negro drainage of the Amazon Basin. It is typically found in shallow, blackwater tributaries where it prefers areas with submerged logs or rocks that are heavily planted with aquatic plants. A. rubrolineata is moderately easy to breed and this species has become very popular among aquarium hobbyists.
The standard aquarium size for this fish is 10 gallon (38 liter). However, I would like to propose that this be increased to 20 gallon (76 liter) for several reasons.
First, more space is always better; it allows more room for plants and the tank will cycle more quickly with less buildup of toxic ammonia and nitrite. Second, A. rubrolineata does not grow very large; the biggest specimens reach about two inches (5cm) in length. The larger tank size will allow more individuals to be kept in one tank without overcrowding. Third, Apistogramma rubrolineata is a schooling species by nature; they do not thrive if kept on their own or in pairs. The larger tank size will allow me to keep two or three smaller-sized individuals per tank rather than just one larger male or female specimen.
The Apistogramma rubrolineata is a very beautiful fish, and they make a great addition to the freshwater aquarium. They are fairly hardy and easy to care for as long as you have prepared the aquarium appropriately.
In order to ensure that your Apistogramma rubrolineata is happy and healthy, there are some guidelines as to how big the aquarium should be. In general, the more space that is available, the better. The Apistogramma rubrolineata is a shoaling fish, so it doesn’t do well on its own or in a tank with only one or two other members of its species. It will need at least 3-4 other fish in order to feel comfortable. The more tankmates it has, the happier it will be.
A well-balanced aquarium should include both open water and plenty of foliage and rocks in which fish can both swim freely and rest safely.
Are you keeping tropical fish as a hobbyist or as a breeder?
This is a question too often ignored in my humble opinion. If you are a breeder (either commercially or as a hobbyist who gives away young fish to other hobbyists) then you will need the resources to move fish into breeding tanks in order to maximize the yield of fry that will grow up either for sale or to give them away.
If you are keeping fish for the joy of observing them in something resembling a natural habitat then you may feel that it is appropriate to allow nature to take its course and, as and when different species breed, then many of the eggs (and surviving fry) will be eaten either by their parents or by other fish in your aquarium. This is the natural order of things because this is what will happen in nature. The fittest may well survive to reach adulthood.
If the species is large and/or if the species has a large number of young during a spawning then you need to have a well-established plan as to how you intend to manage what could be several hundred young fish at every spawning. Even your local pet store may not have the capacity to take them off your hands, even if they wanted to. This aspect of keeping fish is the most often overlooked but should be high on the agenda of all responsible aquarists.
Ultimately, the choice is yours to make.
How do you breed Apistogramma rubrolineata
In the wild, Apistogramma rubrolineata is a black fish with red stripes. The fish in my tank look like a different species, a brown fish with yellow stripes.
Breeding Apistogramma Rubrolineata is a bit tricky since they need a soft water ph of 5.0 to 6.5 and a temperature range of 70-80F. You can raise the temperature in your fish tank by putting a heater in it, but you’ll have to find a way to raise the ph without changing everything else about your tank.
How would you set up a breeding tank for Apistogramma rubrolineata
The male and female apistogrammas will be placed into the breeding tank for spawning to take place.
The breeding tank should be long, rather than wide. A breeder will need a 30-inch tank for each pair of Apistogramma rubrolineata. It is possible to keep more than one male per tank, but you should plan on getting at least two or three pairs so that there is not too much competition between them.
The Apistogramma breeding tank should be set up with soft water that is slightly acidic, with a pH level between 6.0 and 6.5. The temperature should be kept around 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The tank should also have hiding places that are made out of rocks or plants where the female can hide while she is tending to her eggs. It should also have plants in it which will provide cover for the female while she is caring for her eggs.
The aquarium should have a filter to make sure that it does not get too dirty during the process of spawning in order to protect both the eggs and the fry from being eaten.
Is there a special diet for breeding Apistogramma rubrolineata
Do you have an Apistogramma rubrolineata breeding tank? Is your fish trap loaded with Apistogramma rubrolineata? Are you having problems with your Apistogramma rubrolineata?
While doing research for this article I have been looking for a diet that will produce the best results when breeding Apistogramma rubrolineata, and this is what I found out.
Apistogramma rubrolineata is a species of fish in the family Cichlidae. It is also known as the Red Line Apisto. The fish is native to South America where it inhabits areas of black water rivers. In these rivers they live in areas of slow moving water with a high level of dissolved humates and where there are submerged branches and roots, including those from plants such as Erythrina.
In their natural habitat they will feed on insects, worms, small snails and plant matter. In captivity they can be fed on flakes and brine shrimp along with blood worms and tubifex worms.
The female will lay the eggs on a flat surface such as a piece of slate or a piece of wood, which has been coated lightly in clay to ensure that the eggs do not stick to it.
For breeding Apistogramma rubrolineata I use the same food I feed to my adult fish.
I feed TetraMin Tropical Flakes, but to make it easier for babies to eat I crush the flakes into smaller pieces. The pieces should be no larger than 1 cm in diameter. And while feeding flakes to breeding Apistogramma it is important to keep them very clean. Old flake food will quickly spoil and become toxic, even if you keep it in a sealed container.