This dwarf cichlid has been described finally scientifically under the name of A. megaptera. It is known in the aquarium hobby for decades already under the name of Apistogramma sp. “Breitbinden”. The German word “Breitbinden” means “broad band”. This refers to the broad dark band under the eye.
Currently we have wonderful wild collected specimens of this species, which occurs in the upper Orinoco area (rios Inirida, Atabapo, and Mavaca) in Colombia and Venezuela in stock. The dwarf cichlids have show size and are real eye burners.
Apistogramma megaptera is a hardy species. However, one should keep in mind that all fish from this area prefer higher water temperatures than usual, e.g. 26-28°C. The water must be – at least for breeding – soft and acidic. As in all dwarf cichlids the bottom of the tank should be covered with fine sand.
The males of A. megaptera become around 7 cm long, females stay much smaller and reach only 4 cm.
For our customers: the fish have code 616495 on our stock list. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Lexicon: Apistogramma: ancient Greek, means “with unreliable line”. It is not known wether the lateral line organ or the pattern is meant. megaptera: ancient Greek, means “with very large fins”.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer