Apistogramma borelli


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A speckled face with a shiny colorful blue body makes these fish a must for any aquarium! The fish is named after the zoologist who discovered it by the name of Alfredo Borelli (1858--1943).

The Apistogramma borellii, commonly known as the yellow dwarf cichlid or umbrella cichlid, is a captivating South American dwarf cichlid found in the Paraguay River and Paraná River. Here are some key points about this species:

  1. Appearance:
    • A. borellii displays two striking color morphs:
      • Opal: Brilliant yellow dorsal, caudal, and anal fins with a body color ranging from pale purple to intense blue. The gill cover features mottled red, yellow, and blue markings.
      • Blue: The more common morph, with blue hues throughout the body.
    • Both morphs have tall, sail-shaped dorsal fins and rounded, spade-shaped tails. Their bodies are deep and narrow, often with a zigzag-shaped band running down their backs.
  2. Hardiness and Adaptability:
    • A. borellii is hardy and adapts well to various water conditions, including colder temperatures.
    • It’s an excellent choice for beginner aquarists due to its peaceful temperament.
  3. Sexual Dimorphism:
    • Males and females show few apparent differences, making them challenging to distinguish.
  4. Tank Setup:
    • Provide soft, acidic water conditions.
    • Dark substrate, dense planting, and ample hiding places are essential.
    • A secure tank cover is necessary as they can be prone to jumping.
  5. Diet:
    • A. borellii feeds on insects and crustaceans.
  6. Breeding:
    • Breeding pairs can be formed in spacious tanks with appropriate hiding spots.
    • Provide caves or flat stones for egg deposition.
    • The male guards the eggs and fry.


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