Slightly larger than its better-known closest relative, the Ram (Microgeophagus ramirezi), this beautiful and variable species also has a particularly striking dorsal fin when it is fully extended. Males have extended top and bottom caudal-fin rays and, generally speaking, brilliantly colored pelvic and anal fins.
Other common names
- Altispinosa Butterfly Cichlid, Bolivian Butterfly Cichlid
- Papiliochromis altispinosus
- Eastern Bolivia and Mato Grosso, Brazil.
- Males around 3in (8cm); females slightly smaller.
- Peaceful and tolerant of other tankmates; territorial during breeding.
- Wide range of foods accepted, but livefoods preferred.
- Well planted, with adequate shelter, fine-grained substratum, and a flat-topped or rounded rock. Soft, slightly acid to slightly alkaline water recommended. Raw (household) water should be avoided. Temperature range: 72-77F (22-25C); slightly higher for breeding.
- Eggs are laid on a precleaned site and are protected primarily by female. Care of fry (which are often transferred between pits dug by male) is undertaken by both parents.