Redfin Three-Striped Dwarf Cichlid (Apistogramma trifasciata) - TANK-BRED!!!
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The Redfin Three-Striped Dwarf Cichlid is one of the most beautiful species and mature males develop a bright red margin on the dorsal fin!
The Redfin Three-Striped Dwarf Cichlid (Apistogramma trifasciata) is a very colorful, but less common dwarf cichlid species that is still well appreciated in the aquarium hobby. Males have a yellow face with neon blue coloration across most of the rest of the body. As the males mature, they also develop a bright red margin on the dorsal fin. Females are mostly a vibrant yellow with some black coloration. As with virtually all dwarf cichlids, mature males have more vivid coloration than females.
The Redfin Three-Striped Dwarf Cichlid will thrive in an aquarium with a sandy substrate and plenty of refuge such as clay pots, driftwood, and rock formations. It is an excellent candidate for the planted aquarium, but it also needs a fair amount of open space. This cichlid is generally compatible with other peaceful fish as long as it has plenty of room. Territoriality is typically at its peak during spawning. Dwarf shrimp and other small, delicate invertebrates should not be kept with the Redfin Three-Striped Dwarf Cichlid, but more durable, larger shrimp and snails could possibly make good tankmates in a large enough aquarium. If spawning is desired, tankmates of other species should be kept to a minimum or avoided altogether.
Feeding is simple for the unfussy Redfin Three-Striped Dwarf Cichlid. High-quality dry, frozen, and live meaty foods will all be readily accepted. Quality and variety are the keys to a diet that will ensure that this fish maintains optimal health and coloration.
What We Like About This Fish:
- Beautiful coloration
- Uncommon Apistogramma species
- Hardy with plenty of personality
- Possible to breed in the aquarium
- Compatible with many other species in a spacious tank
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 72° - 84° F (22° - 29° C)
- pH: 5.0- 7.0 for tank-raised specimens
- KH: 2 – 15 KH
- Minimum tank size: 10-15 gallons for a pair, but a larger tank is required for a group
- Diet: Carnivorous. A variety of high-quality dry, frozen, and live meaty foods is necessary for optimal health and coloration.
- Social behavior: Congregates loosely in groups. Males can be territorial when attempting to spawn and females are very protective of their eggs during spawning.
- Origin: Tank-raised, but indigenous to South America
- Average adult size: 2.2 inches (5.5 cm) for males, 1.6 inches (4 cm) for females
- Average purchase size: 1-1.5 inch (2.5 – 3.8 cm)