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The Bolivian Butterfly Cichlid, scientifically known as Microgeophagus altispinosus, hails from the Amazon River basin in South America. While it may not boast the vibrant colors of its close relative, the Ram Cichlid (Microgeophagus ramirezi), it still holds its own with its gold belly, iridescent bluish hue, red fin highlights, and distinctive facial and body markings.

Despite being somewhat underrated in the aquarium hobby, Bolivian Butterfly Cichlids offer many appealing qualities. They exhibit impressive coloration, remain relatively small in size, readily accept various foods, and adapt well to diverse water conditions. Their adaptable nature makes them an attractive option for hobbyists seeking a low-maintenance yet visually striking cichlid.

These cichlids are typically shy and peaceful, making them suitable for small groups (4-6 individuals) in a community tank setup. Tankmates like tetras and similar mid-water species can help reduce their natural shyness, while peaceful bottom dwellers such as Corydoras catfish contribute to a harmonious community environment.

To maintain their health and vibrant colors, Bolivian Butterfly Cichlids benefit from a varied diet rich in beta-carotene. Sinking foods are ideal since they are bottom feeders, and supplementing their diet with high-quality frozen options like brine shrimp and mysis shrimp can further enhance their coloration.

Distinguishing between males and females is relatively straightforward, as adult males tend to grow larger and exhibit more extended fins compared to females. Additionally, males often display more intense coloration than their female counterparts.


Species: Microgeophagus altispinosus
Common Name: Bolivian Butterfly Cichlid
Origin: Amazon River basin, South America
Diet: Omnivore
pH Range: 6 – 7.5
Temperature: Tropical 23°C – 28°C
Breed Type: Egg Layer
Current Size: Approximately 4-5cm (Grows to approximately 8cm)
Sex: Un-sexed

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