Apistogramma urteagai is a peaceful dwarfcichlid that can be kept in a community aquarium together with other small peaceful fishes. It is better to keep them in an aquarium that is set up especially for dwarfcichlids. In a larger aquarium you can keep a group of these animals. The aquarium should be set up with stones, driftwood and roots, and on the sides and background densely planted, because they need hiding places. They are a little bit sensitive for great changes of the water. You should change a little bit of water more times a week. It is not wise to keep them too long at higher temperatures.
This species was first described by Kullander in 1986. The species name urteagai is a reference to Jorge Andrés Urteaga Cavero. Hij was co-leader of the expedition that collected the type material for this species.
South America; Peru, they inhabit small streams and swampy areas.
You should give them small live food such as Artemia and small waterflees. Don’t give them bloodworms.
Breeding Apistogramma urteagai
Breeding Apistogramma urteagai is easy. The eggs are laid and fertilized in a cave. The female takes care of the fry. When the young fishes are swimming free the female takes care of them for another 4 weeks. They can be raised with baby brine shrimp.
Jan Bukkems – Aquavisie