Although the alternative name, Apistogramma ornatipinnis, was most frequently used during the 1970s, it is still encountered from time to time today. To confuse matters further, A. ornatipinnis is considered a synonym of Apistogramma steindachneri (Steindachner’s Dwarf Cichlid). Macmaster’s Dwarf Cichlid shows marked differences between males and females of the species. Males are larger than females, and their dorsal membranes are slightly longer. Some males may have a forked tail, whereas females’ tails are always rounded in shape.
Other common names
- Red-tailed Dwarf Cichlid, Villavicencio Apistogramma
- Apistogramma ornatipinnis
- Mainly Rio Meta drainage system, Colombia.
- Males up to 4in (10cm); females considerably smaller.
- Typical Apistogramma, i.e. generally peaceful but intolerant of its own in confined space.
- Strong preference for livefoods; sometimes difficult to wean off livefoods and on to commercial diets.
- As for other Apistogramma species, but very soft, acid water recommended. Temperature range: 73-86°F (23-30°C).
- As for other Apistogramma species. Hatching takes upward of 2 1/2 days, depending on temperature.