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Scientific Name Apistogramma velifera  Staeck, 2003
Common Name
Type Locality Rio Rueda, about 20 kilometers south of Puerto Ayacucho, Amazonas, Venezuela.
Pronunciation ah-PISS-toe-grah-mah
Etymology The genus name is a combination of the Greek apisto, meaning 'meaning uncertain, inconstant, unstable, faithless', and gramme, meaning 'line', in reference to the variably-developed lateral line of these species. 
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IUCN Red List Category Not Evaluated
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Feeding Apistogramma should be fed mainly on foods that reach the bottom third of the aquarium. Prepared foods include flakes and granules that sink. Live or frozen live foods such as bloodworm or brineshrimp are recommended for bringing pairs into breeding condition.
Breeding If there is not a bonded pair, setting up a breeding tank with one male and several females should encourage breeding. Water in the breeding tank should be slightly acidic (6-6.5 pH) and soft, around 5 dh. A specific breeding surface is necessary, often an upturned, small, plant pot or similar will suffice.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Cichliden-Lexikon Teil 3, pp 116, Figs.
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Last Update 2021 May 03 05:14 (species record created: 2012 Apr 29 04:07)