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Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid

Picture of Apistogramma cacatuoides, male
Common nameCockatoo / Crested dwarf cichlid
Scientific nameApistogramma cacatuoides
Synonyms 
SizeUp to 3" (7.5cm), female smaller.
OriginSouth America, Amazon basin
Tank setupPlanted tank, with rock or bogwood caves and good water quality.
CompatibilityMore 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.
Temperature24-28oC (75-82oF)
Water chemistrySoft and acidic, pH 5.5 - 6.8 preferred, though this species is more tolerant of slightly alkaline water than many other Apistogramma.
FeedingCarnivorous: may take dry foods, but live or frozen foods such as bloodworm, brine shrimp and mosquito larvae will be preferred.
SexingMales are larger and have dramatically elongated rays in the dorsal fin, giving rise to the common name.
BreedingSoft 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.
CommentsThis 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.


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