Taeniacara candidi


Taeniacara candidi
Black Stripe Dwarf Cichlid
蓝袖短鲷
Taeniacara candidi is a particularly attractive dwarf cichlid from the central and lower Rio Negro, central Amazon, and upper Rio Branco. They are somewhat slimmer than most of the Apistogramma species. Adult males can reach about two and three-quarter inches, the females under two. The males have a large spade-shaped tail with an extended tip in the center, elongated ventrals, and a jet-black stripe that runs from in front of the eye to the tail. The caudal, anal, and ventral fins can have shades of blue, yellow, red and brown. There is no way to do justice to this fish in print; it will have to suffice to say the fish is beautiful. The female, though lacking the fin extensions and much of the color, is still an attractive fish herself. 

Taeniacara Candidi are the source of much discussion amongst dwarf cichlid keepers. They are a highly attractive species, but require very specific water parameters and as such are seen as a challenge amongst even experienced south american cichlid keepers. 

Candidi are renowned for not liking water changes - they will commonly get "moody" after a water change, and will sulk at the bottom of the tank for over a day in some cases. Try to keep new water at the same temperature as the Candidi tank (this can be achieved by using an aquarium heater with a thermostat in a bucket of water for a few hours before siphoning into the tank). 

The genus Taeniacara is still under consideration - this fish was once known as Apistogramma weisei and it may be that in the near future, it will be part of the Apistogramma genus again. This fish exhibits similar behaviour to species of the Apistogramma genus, with the mother of a spawn guarding the fry very aggressively. Taeniacara Candidi possess a slimmer body than most of the Apistogramma genus, but are equally attractive.


蓝袖短鲷的体表斑纹纤细精致,是一个极具吸引力的短鲷鱼种.它们生长在尼格罗河的中、下游水域和亚马逊河中部水域,以及布兰可(Branco)河上游水域。它们的身体要比Apistogrammag属中多数的鱼种显得修长。成年公鱼能长到大约2.75英寸(7厘米)长,而母鱼则在29英寸(5厘米)以下。公鱼有—个大大的铲形尾.尾巴的中间部分呈尖状延伸.腹鳍细长飘逸.从眼的前部开始有一条直延伸到尾巴的亮黑条纹。其尾鳍,臀鳍和腹鳍呈蓝色、黄色红色或棕色色调,可以确定这种鱼真的是非常漂亮,母鱼虽然没有长长的鱼鳍.颜色不那么丰富艳丽.但仍不失为一种具有吸引力的鱼。它们性情温和,饲养不难,水族箱里可多种植水草,或摆些沉木、陶罐、石头供其躲藏。喜好弱酸之软水。肉食性,亦可接受人工饲料。

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