Apistogramma nijsseni (female)
Name: Apistogramma nijsseni|
Origin: Carahuayte River (Peru)|
I've just gotten three of these guys, 1 male and 2 females. They have more personality then my cockatoo Apistogrammas do, they will come to the front of the tank and follow my finger anywhere it goes. They love plants to hide in and have got to where they will dig around the roots and uproot them. They have been taking up with a pair of Bitaeniata Apistogrammas, they love to play what looks like a game of tag. They are still quite small, but they are still so entertanining to watch and have started to get their coloring and markings to the point of being a beautiful fish with their own personality.
Update: I have had my trio of these beautiful little guys for about 5 months now. I've seen them in top water as well as in the bottom of the tank. They are more at home in a heavily planted tank with caves for spawing. The females hide most of the time, whereas the male is always out and about. The male has a lot more coloring to him than the females until breeding time, then the females color up with the brightest yellow I've every seen. I have two fry batches from them, but none have lived passed the wiggler stage. I'm hoping to change that as they have been moved to a 75 L tank of their own. The females really watch the fry and fight off all comers but the male, and this is where I lost the fry. These little guys and gals have made my S.A. tank complete.
An excellent fish, but hard for beginners. I had a pair, but unfortunately the female died from an unknown reason. The males tend to be a little territorial. I have one male now with some tetras and a pair of blue rams. They are sharing a 40 L planted tank really well as far as I know, but I am doing very often water changes to keep the water in good quality. Recently I changed the gravel from natural colour to black, so as to bring out the beautiful coloration of this fish!
This is a brilliant fish and I love mine! I started out by buying 2 individuals: Panda and Oddball. I was told I was buying a male and female, although I was wondering why the male had no blue sheen. I quarantined the pair in a 48 L tank for 2 weeks prior to adding them to my 170 L. In that time, Oddball had defiantly become the dominant one - leaving poor little Panda to hide under the filter! When I added them to the community - Oddball started to show a spot on one side of her body. I realized I had 2 females! Oddball has since not shown a spot on her other side, which is why she carries her name. So, I bought a male, and I am currently using my 30 L to quarantine him for the 170 L. He is already showing great personality.
Update: I have found that this fish is partial to the filter! I advise you make sure all gaps are covered, as I have lost 3 assorted individuals of this species to it recently! I now have 2 females (one being the original Panda) - planning on getting a male. I have covered all the gaps in the filter and none have got in since!