Apistogramma trifasciata


Apistogramma trifasciata
Blue Three Strip Apistogramma
蓝三线短鲷
A very beautiful, small Apistogramma. Healthy males have a brilliant blue irridescence on their bodies and tall red/orange rays on the leading edge of the dorsal fin, something like A. cacatuoides. Females are smaller and yellowish-grey, but turn bright yellow during breeding. 
A. trifasciata are found in rivers of Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia, and southern Brazil, especially the Rio Paraguay and the Rio Salado. There are a few other species from the same area that are sometimes sold as A. trifasciata: for example, A. maciliensis and Apistogramma sp. 'Mamore', both from the Rio Mamore.

The requirements for this fish are the same as most Apistogrammas - well filtered, slow moving soft water; hiding places, a variety of foods, and plants, wood, or rocks to break up their line of sight - but this species seems to thrive and breed at a wider pH and GH range than other Apistos. They are harem breeders, so you should keep 1 male to 2 or more females. Wild specimens may only accept live foods, but tank raised fish eat pretty much anything. Tank mates should be small and non-aggressive. 

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