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Hongslo's Dwarf Cichlid is very distinctive by the pink coloration that it develops on its face, underside, and fins, sometimes even in females!
The Hongslo's Dwarf Cichlid (Apistogramma hongsloi) is a distinctively colorful species that is very recognizable by the pink coloration on its face, underside, and fins. Males are typically more colorful than females, but females sometimes are also very colorful and exceptional in coloration compared to most other female dwarf cichlids. This species is a standout among all of the many colorful and exceptional Apistogramma species! The Hongslo's Dwarf Cichlid is reportedly an excellent species to keep in groups of one male and a harem of multiple females.
The Hongslo's 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 space. Territoriality is typically at its peak during spawning. Dwarf shrimp and other small, delicate invertebrates should not be kept with the Hongslo's 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 Hongslo's 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:
Exceptional coloration in both males and females
Hardy with plenty of personality
Possible to breed in the aquarium
Compatible with many other species in a spacious tank
Perfect species for the heavily planted aquarium
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
Temperature: 73° - 84° F (23° - 29° C)
pH: 5.5 - 7.0, tank-raised specimens are more flexible regarding pH level
KH: 2 – 15 KH
Minimum tank size: 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-bred, but indigenous to Colombia and Venezuela, South America