Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila: is it suitable for a community aquarium?
Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila is a small species of fish. It is one of the dwarf cichlids, so-named because most species of Apistogramma are relatively small. The scientific name of this species is derived from its saltwater habitat; it prefers water with a higher than usual concentration of salt.
The fish is popular with aquarium owners because they prefer to keep their animals in communities rather than alone. This makes them suitable for tanks that also contain other fish. However, it is important to bear in mind that the fish originates from the coast of Brazil and prefers water with a temperature ranging from 21 to 24 degrees Celsius. If you are new to keeping fish or are not familiar with the tank requirements of this particular species, it may be best to seek the advice of an experienced aquarist before you purchase this type of animal.
Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila is a good example of a fish that is recommended for a community aquarium in spite of being a predator. It is not what I would choose for such an aquarium, but it might be suitable if you have a very robust community and can provide plenty of hiding places.
In the wild, A. psammophila feeds on small invertebrates in the substrate, including insect larvae and snails. There is some evidence that they also eat eggs and fry, but this does not appear to be significant in their diet in the wild. In captivity, they have been observed eating bloodworms, tubifex worms, daphnia and other frozen or live foods.
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.
Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila: from where does it originate?
The Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila (Cope, 1877) is known in the aquarium trade as the Glass Bloodfin. It is a species of freshwater fish in the family Cichlidae. It is native to Peru and Brazil.
The species’ natural habitat occurs in small, rocky streams with little current. The water is usually stained with tannins, and small amounts of sand are present. The pH typically ranges from 6.5 to 7.5, but higher values have been reported. The water temperature is 22-28° C (72-83°F). Glass Bloodfin was first collected by the American ichthyologist Charles Haskins Townsend on an expedition to South America between 1877 and 1879. Haskins was accompanied by Henry Weed Fowler of the U.S. Fish Commission, who was responsible for collecting most of the live fishes collected during the expedition.
Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila has been bred in captivity.
Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila, the sand-loving cichlid, is a hardy little fish that is easy to breed. It has been kept by aquarists since its discovery in the early 1970s and has been bred in captivity with great success.
The sand-loving cichlid is not a very big fish, attaining a maximum size of five inches. The males are usually a little smaller than the females. It is greenish brown on both sides of its body, with a whitish belly. The fins of the sand-loving cichlid are yellowish with greenish highlights and have thin red borders.
What are the basic characteristics of Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila
The Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila is a freshwater fish which was discovered in the year of 2010 by a group of scientists from Germany and Brazil. At first glance, this fish looks like the usual Apistogramma species however, upon closer observation, you will notice that it has different characteristics such as its coloration and different body markings.
The name Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila is derived from two Greek words which mean sand and love. This name was given because this newly discovered species lives in a habitat that has a lot of sand. Also, this name was given in reference to the fact that there are other types of Apistogramma fishes which have an identical body color but they have different colors when it comes to their fins and body markings.
The habitat of the Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila is located in the Amazonas region which is part of Brazil. In this area, there are smaller rivers with freshwater where people usually go fishing for these types of fish. The temperature in this area ranges from 18 degrees Celsius to 22 degrees Celsius which makes it a great place for these kinds of fishes to live in. It is estimated that there are about 30 specimens found up until now since its discovery in 2010.
Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila is a species of fish in the Apistogramma genus of the family Cichlidae.
Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila is endemic to Lake Apogea in Suriname, South America.
The fish live in black sand areas with little or no plant cover.
The maximum size of this species in the wild is around 7.5 cm (3 inches) but they can grow to as much as 5 inches.
What is the physical appearance of Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila
Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila, or the sand-colored Apisto, is a fish in the aquarium fish family Cichlidae. This fish is classified in the genus Apistogramma. It has a sand-colored appearance and it comes from the Amazon River.
This fish is popular because of its unique and amazing appearance, and because it can be kept in community tanks. Some of the fish’s distinctive features include its sand-colored appearance, its short length (about two inches long) and its triangular head.
The sand-colored Apisto is an omnivore. It eats both meaty foods and plant matter. Some examples of meaty foods are bloodworms, brine shrimp, black worms, grindal worms, earthworms and tubifex worms. Some examples of plant matter are algae wafers, blanched vegetables and dried seaweed.
Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila is a cichlid fish that lives in the Rio Negro and the Xingu River in Brazil. It is a very beautiful and peaceful fish and it belongs to the Apistogramma family.
The male looks like a really shiny version of the female. He has her same colors but he doesn’t have any stripes or marks on his body. The female has lots of different colors and stripes on her body and she has a little bit bigger head than the male does.
The Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila is a small and very beautiful fish. They are found near the bottom of clear streams and rivers, mostly in South America.
What is the living environment of Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila
The Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila is a fish that dwells in the upper reaches of rivers and streams, where it can be found under rocks and in recesses. It is a native of South America. It is also known as the sand-loving fish, and can be identified by its brown color with black spots.
The fish is very friendly and easily handled. It will accept flakes or frozen foods such as bloodworms or brine shrimp. They will eat anything offered to them, but they do prefer live food when it is available. Their optimum tank temperature ranges between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and the pH level should be in the range of 6.9 to 7.9.
The Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila does not like to be kept in too small a tank; they require at least 10 gallons per fish. The water should be soft, although not excessively so; they are able to tolerate a pH level of up to 10, but their health will deteriorate if this number rises above 8.5. The ideal water temperature for these fish is between 70 and 79 degrees Fahrenheit. A good filter system which provides both biological and mechanical filtration is necessary for keeping these fish healthy.
The Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila lives in the black-water rivers of the Amazon. The water is acidic, with a pH of about 4.5, and rich in humic acids from decaying organic material. The species is also found in nearby rivers that are clear and acidic but less rich in humic acids.
In the lab, the species can be kept at a pH between 5.0 and 7.0, with a temperature from 22° to 30° C (72° to 86° F) and a hardness of 1–100 milligrams per liter (mg/l). In the aquarium it should be kept between 6.0 and 7.5. This fish has been bred at a pH as low as 4.0 and as high as 7.8
What is the diet of Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila
This post is a quick summary of Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila diet. So, what do I feed them?
I feed them Hikari First Bites, New Life Spectrum Cichlid Formula, Tetra Prima Food Micro Pellets and Frozen Bloodworms. In addition to these commercial foods, I also feed them frozen peas as well as dried food flakes (I used “New Life Spectrum Tropical Flakes” for this).
I always feed these foods by sinking into the water column (although I had to be careful not to drop them onto the substrate) and they were more than happy to pick at the items off the bottom of the tank.
However, for about two weeks now I have been experimenting with another diet of frozen bloodworms, peas and dried food (tetra primes again). So far my fish seem to love this new diet; they are eating it with great enthusiasm. This is not surprising since bloodworms are one of their favourite foods.
Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila is a species of cichlid. It is a popular aquarium fish, and many color forms exist. The fish reach an average length of three inches (8cm) and will grow to four if well fed. They are omnivores, and eat algae, aquatic plants, and small invertebrates such as daphnia.
When I bought my first Apistogramma about ten years ago, I didn’t know anything about the genus except that the species were popular with aquarists and that they were supposed to be easy to care for. So I followed the instructions on the package of flakes and pellets that I bought at the local fish store: 1-2 pellets per fish per day.
What are the sexual differences between male and female Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila
A lot has been written and said about the sexual differences between male and female Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila. Some of it is false, and most of it is superficial. Here is a more detailed discussion of the issues, based on my own observations and experiments.
An oft-repeated myth is that female Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila are always larger than males, but this is wrong. Males grow to be larger than females in some populations, but not others. There may be a genetic component to sex-based size differences, but there also may not.
How long do they live? In the wild, some die young while others reach ages of more than 15 years. How fast do they grow? This depends on diet and other factors, but some reach maturity in less than a year while others take more than two years to mature from juvenile to adult form. How many eggs do they produce over their lifetime? Again, it depends on the individual’s diet and other conditions, but I have observed several individuals that produced dozens of batches of eggs over their lifetimes.
In summary: almost nothing is known about the lifecycles of male and female Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila outside of a laboratory or breeding tank!
The female Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila is larger than the male. The female is overall silver with a yellowish head and blue eyes. The male is gold and has brown eyes.
The female Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila is overall silver with a yellowish head and blue eyes. The male is gold and has brown eyes.
Sexing Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila is very easy for this particular species as the male will be larger than the female.
What is an ideal aquarium size for Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila
The size of the aquarium for one Apistogramma is not much different from that for another species or genus. The volume of water is the important thing, not the shape. A 40-gallon aquarium is fine for a pair of Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila, just as it is for a pair of Apistogramma borelli or Apistogramma trifasciata.
The way to calculate how large an aquarium is needed for a given number of fish depends on the fish’s needs and how many inches of fish you want per gallon of water. For Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila, one inch of fish per two gallons gives a reasonable density; one inch of fish per three gallons gives a more densely stocked tank (but still within the range I would recommend).
Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila are one of the most popular minnow species, because of their attractive coloration, peaceful temperament and small size. However, they are also very timid fish that prefer to live in schools. They are thus not very suitable for smaller aquarists who cannot provide an aquarium with a decent amount of swimming space for them.
The recommended minimum tank volume for Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila is 30 liters (6 US gallons). For smaller aquaria it is even better to choose other Apistogramma species instead.
Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila can be kept in pairs or groups in bigger tanks, provided there are several other peaceful schooling fish present. They are not aggressive towards other fishes but often chased by more aggressive tank mates. Most Apistogramma species are best kept in groups of 5 or more individuals.
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 Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila
Breeding Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila is not too difficult; it’s a lot like breeding other Apistos. The male develops a little bit of color when he gets old, but that’s about it.
The females are the ones that get really colorful, and you can tell them from males because they’re bigger and they have a wider head. They also have bigger eyes, and the eyes are kind of sunk in so they look like they’re wearing eye shadow.
You feed them the same things you feed the other Apistogramma: frozen bloodworms and brine shrimp, but if you can get frozen blackworms or something else with more protein, that’s better. If you don’t have a good feeder fish market nearby, you can order live fish online, but make sure they come packed on ice in Canada or someplace where they know how to ship live fish. You don’t want them sitting around for days in Phoenix or something before they get to you.
The first part of this article will be written and posted on the Internet. Those who wish to breed the Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila can follow our instructions and observe us as we do it. This is one of the most difficult species of cichlids that has been bred in captivity.
The Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila is a small, easy to feed and hardy fish, which is not too difficult to breed, but its care and breeding are rather demanding. The females lay their eggs inside bromeliads and they hatch very quickly if the temperature is kept high (about 84 degrees Fahrenheit). Their growth rate is slower than many other cichlids, so we recommend using a larger tank for them to slow them down.
How would you set up a breeding tank for Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila
Imagine you are a genetic engineer, and someone has given you the task of developing a strain of Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila that will survive in an aquarium. You have to create something that can live in a confined space, with limited food and light.
Your first idea might be to study the wild fish, and find out how their natural environment affects their development. But that would give you only partial information. The fish are adapted for survival in the river. They are not necessarily well-suited for an aquarium. If you could get the fish to breed in captivity somehow, you might be able to select for traits that would be useful in both environments.
The problem is that these fish are extremely shy and hard to breed in captivity. What might change this? How could your species adapt better to life in captivity?
I have a fish tank at home, with some Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila in it. I’m not sure of the exact species of this fish, but I think it is A. psammophila. It is a pretty little fish, quite small, about an inch long, and it looks like this:
It’s a very peaceful little fish. It lives with another small species of cichlid, which is larger and more aggressive — but not much more. The main thing the smaller fish has going for it is that it spends most of its time darting around near the ceiling of the aquarium while the other fish are mostly down near the bottom, so they don’t get in each other’s way. But they both seem quite happy.
Is there a special diet for breeding Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila
This article is based on my experience with breeding Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila in aquariums. This article is intended to share all my knowledge and experience with other enthusiasts who are also interested in the subject.
I am not an expert. But I have spent a lot of time studying this particular species of fish, which is pretty much all you need to do to become an expert on it.
Aquarium hobbyists breed Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila quite frequently, but there are certain things about them that are not understood very well by the general public. There are various articles about breeding Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila on the internet, but most of them seem to be written by hobbyists who only bred these fish once or twice and then gave up. Some of those articles contain inaccurate statements or opinions based on incomplete data, and some seem to be written by people who don’t even know they’re parrot cichlids. This article is intended as a corrective to those misunderstandings and inaccuracies.
I’ve been keeping and breeding Glass Bloodfin – Apistogramma psammophila for about six years now, and I’ve been reasonably successful so far. But I haven’t really made much progress in terms of how many different color patterns I have. For the most part, my goal has been just to maintain the fish, and that has worked out pretty well.