Agassizi's Dwarf Cichlid
|Common name||Agassizi's dwarf cichlid
|Scientific name||Apistogramma agassizii|
|Size||Up to 3" (7.5cm), female smaller.|
|Origin||South America: widespread in the Amazon region - Brazil and Peru.|
|Tank setup||Planted tank, with rock or bogwood caves and soft/fine substrate.|
|Compatibility||Can be kept in a community tank, but they will become territorial when spawning.|
|Water chemistry||Soft and acidic, pH 5.5 - 6.8 preferred. Although the fish are more likely to look their best
and breed in their preferred water, they will usually adapt to slightly harder and alkaline water in the aquarium.|
|Feeding||Carnivorous: Will take dry foods such as flake and small granular foods, but live or frozen foods such as bloodworm, brine shrimp and mosquito larvae are preferred.|
|Sexing||Males are larger and have elongated fins and more intense colour. Females are more yellow in colour, especially when breeding.|
|Breeding||Soft and acidic water of excellent quality required.
Can be bred as a pair or a harem with several females holding small territories. Provide caves with a very small entrance.
The female normally guards the fry, while the male defends the wider territory. Fry are normally free-swimming in about a week.|
|Comments||Several colour variations of this species are available, such as the popular "Double Red".|