The Opal Umbrella Borelli Dwarf Cichlid (Apistogramma borellii “Opal”) is an extremely colorful dwarf cichlid. Males are particularly colorful, displaying opal blue bodies with red facial markings and bright yellow fins. As with most dwarf cichlids, females are less colorful, but still have an attractive appearance and plenty of personality.
The Opal Umbrella Borelli Cichlid will thrive in an aquarium with a sandy substrate and plenty of refuge such as clay pots, driftwood, and rock formations. It is an excellent candidate for the planted aquarium, but it also needs a fair amount of open space. This cichlid is generally compatible with other peaceful fish as long as it has plenty of space. Territoriality is typically at its peak during spawning. Dwarf shrimp and other small, delicate invertebrates should not be kept with the Opal Umbrella Borelli Dwarf Cichlid, but more durable, larger shrimp and snails could possibly make good tankmates in a large enough aquarium. If spawning is desired, tankmates of other species should be kept to a minimum or avoided altogether.
Feeding is simple for the unfussy Opal Umbrella Borelli Dwarf Cichlid. High-quality dry, frozen, and live meaty foods will all be readily accepted. Quality and variety are the keys to a diet that will ensure that this fish maintains optimal health and coloration.