viejita originates from Colombia. However, in the ornamental fish trade
almost exclusively bred specimens can be found. There do exist several
varieties even in the wild, which differ mainly in coloration
(especially the content of red is very different), but also in respect
of the development of the dorsal and caudal fins. Sadly the varieties
with the best developed fins usually have the least content of red
coloration. The variety from Puerto Gaitan (found in the Rio Manacacias,
an affluent of the Rio Meta, here is the type locality of A. viejita)
is a good example: gorgeous fins, but dull colours.
variety II of Apistogramma viejita has the biggest content of red
colours. The breeders also select for red and this is how the
breathtaking specimens have been developed which we can offer currently
in show size. Even the females look great, but they reach only half of
the size of the males.
For our customers: the fish have code 630604 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer