Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid
|Common name||Cockatoo / Crested dwarf cichlid
|Scientific name||Apistogramma cacatuoides|
|Size||Up to 3" (7.5cm), female smaller.|
|Origin||South America, Amazon basin|
|Tank setup||Planted tank, with rock or bogwood caves and good water quality.|
|Compatibility||More peaceful than larger cichlids, but they will become territorial when spawning. They can be kept in a general community
tank setup, but allow space for territories if other dwarf cichlids are included.|
|Water chemistry||Soft and acidic, pH 5.5 - 6.8 preferred, though this species is more tolerant of slightly alkaline water than many other Apistogramma. |
|Feeding||Carnivorous: may take dry foods, but live or frozen foods such as bloodworm, brine shrimp and mosquito larvae will be preferred.|
|Sexing||Males are larger and have dramatically elongated rays in the dorsal fin, giving rise to the common name.|
|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||This is one of the most popular and commonly available of the Apistogramma species, and
several colour forms are available, such as the popular "Super Red" and "Double Red" varieties.|