Apistogramma gibbiceps

24. November 2017

Currently we received once more this pretty dwarf cichlid from the Ro Negro basin. It is a typical company of the cardinal tetra in the wild. The species Apistogramma gibbceps cannot be confused with any other species of Apistogramma when it shows the species-specific vertical bars on the belly. Sadly these bars are not visible anytime. Sometime these fish depict – this depends on the mood – only a horonatl stripe or even only a round spot in the center of the body. The very conspicious bar under the eye is visible only when the fish are in aggressive mood.

As in so many species of Apistogramma these fish show an obvious polychromatism in males. This means different colour morphs occur together in the natural habitat. The most obvious morphs in our current stock are blue headed and yellow headed fish. Experience has shown that it is possible to breed even red headed males from yellow headed ancestors in a few generations by selection.

For our customers: the fish have code 620003 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. 

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer