Umbrella Borelli Dwarf Cichlid (Apistogramma borelli) - Tank-Bred!
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This beautiful dwarf cichlid displays bright yellow coloration in both mature sexes and males develop iridescent blue coloration as well!
The Umbrella Borelli Dwarf Cichlid (Apistogramma borellii ) is a somewhat uncommon dwarf cichlid that develops striking coloration in both males and females as it matures. Males develop iridescent blue and bright yellow coloration while females are mostly bright yellow. Like all dwarf cichlids, this magnificent species has a great deal of personality and will breed in the home aquarium.
The Umbrella Borelli 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 Umbrella Borelli 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 Umbrella Borelli 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.
We are currently offering 1-inch juvenile specimens of this fish at a much lower price than the typical cost of subadult and adult specimens. Juveniles of this size usually cannot be reliably sexed, so we recommend buying a group and allowing them to pair off natually as they grow and mature.
What We Like About This Fish:
- Beautiful iridescent blue and bright yellow coloration in males, bright yellow coloration in females
- Hardy with plenty of personality
- Relatively peaceful disposition
- 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: 6.0 - 7.0, tank-raised specimens are more flexible regarding pH level
- KH: 2 – 15 KH
- Minimum tank size: 15 - 20 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 South America
- Average adult size: 2.6 inches (6.5 cm) for males, 2 inches (5 cm) for females
- Average purchase size: .5 - 1 inches (1.3 - 2.5 cm)