Apistogramma velifera

27. February 2013

This pretty dwarf cichlid was known in the hobby under the names of Apistogramma sp. “Segelflossen” (=sailfin), A. sp. “Puerto Ayacucho” and A. sp. “Vierstreifen” (= four stripes) until it became described scientifically. The species has never been imported on a regular basis and currently no importations appear at all. So we are quite happy that we can offer wonderful, fully grown German bred ones currently.

The fish are not very demanding, although they live in the wild in quite extreme water: hardness less than 1° dH, pH around 5. They are often found along with Altum angels.

It is very interesting to watch the males displaying (by the way: males are comparably quarrelsome against other males). The male starts displaying by swimming laterally to the female. At that stage only the anteriormost part of the dorsal fin becomes unfolded. Now the male turns more and more in a head-down position and finally enfolds the complete dorsal fin. It happens now and then that the male stands even vertically in the water.

Males of Apistogramma velifera become about 7 cm long, females become only 4 cm long. Sometimes the males participate in keeping the offspring in this species.

Lexicon: Apistogramma: ancient Greek, means “with unreliable line”. It is not known wether the lateral line organ or the pattern is meant. velifera: Latin, means “bearing a sail”.

Common name: Sailfin-Apistogramma, Four stripes Apistogramma

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Nachzucht / bred
Verfügbare Größe in cm (4) - 7