Many species have long, protruding rays in the front of the dorsal fin. Peaceful, calm fish. Kept in the thickets of plants at the bottom. Fish tank for apistogramma tools as well as for tetras. The temperature is 23-26 °C, the water is soft. In the aquarium should be enough shelters from flower pots or driftwood, in which the fish lay yellow or reddish eggs. The female takes care of the clutch, the male guards the nest. In large aquariums, the male can guard the clutches of several females. After 3-4 days, the larvae hatch, and after 5-6 days, becoming fry, they begin to swim and eat. Within 2-4 weeks, a flock of fry is taken care of by a female. A good pair can spawn several times with a month’s break. Spawning is stimulated by fresh water and an increase in temperature by 3-4 °C.
Apistogramma borelli (Regan, 1906), SYN.: Apistogramma reitzigi)
Mato Grosso. The length of the male is 6 cm, the female is smaller. The back is greyish-greenish. The head, chest, soft parts of the fins are bright yellow. Scales on the sides and stripes along the rays of the fins are blue, shining. There are brilliant blue dots and lines under the eye and on the Gill cap. The caudal fin is rounded, anal and dorsal-with elongated tips in males. Females are less attractive, turn yellow only during spawning.
Apistogramma cockatoo (Apistogramma cacatuoides Hoedeman, 1951)
Peruvian Amazon. Male — up to 7.5 cm, female smaller. The body is grayish-brownish with a blue sheen and several dark longitudinal stripes. The underparts are orange. Dorsal fin with protruding rays in front and red speckles in the back. Caudal fin with pointed tips, decorated with red spots on a dark background. The anal fin is orange-red, with black edging in front. Females are paler colored.