Apistos: aquarium fish at all times!
Not all aquarium fish (and especially cichlids) so tolerant of their neighbors as ramirezi apistogramma and other dwarf American cichlids. Livable but not their only advantage, they are also very beautiful, they are interesting and, without exaggeration, meaningful behavior. That is why the fashion for these fish kept for many decades.
We all know that fashion is changing. In clothing from season to season, but in the aquarium it is slower. As a rule, the interests of the masses lovers of aquarium fish have time to change considerably over five years. Sympathy for some groups of fishes, having certain pronounced features that can steadily be maintained for decades. And yet, the process goes on. I remember the fashion for viviparous fish has been replaced by fashion for barbs, then became popular South American cichlids, and then a lot of people are fascinated by cichlids, but already African. Like any fashion, the fashion fish repeats. Here again the barbs and viviparus are becoming more popular. However, some species of aquarium fish have their faithful and numerous followers always. Can I call them fashionable? Probably Yes, because in the end, fashion is something that many people like that ESSPROS, and the demand for these fish is constant and quite high.
Apistogramma Ramirez (Apistogramma ramirezi ) is one such fish. Just look at the photo to understand – there is nothing surprising in its popularity. She actually is extremely beautiful and is reminiscent of bright tropical butterfly. No wonder one of the Russian names of the fish – chromis butterfly*.
As for the correct scientific names, many a lance was broken in heated discussions before it was finalized. I brought up traditionally used by aquarists Latin name. And although from the point of view of modern ichthyology is now incorrect, but well known Russian, Czech, German and Polish fans. Modern right – Microgeophagus ramirezi, but the fish managed also to revile the name Papilliochromis ramirezi. Systematics of the South American small cichlids scientists much changed several times.