Panda Dwarf Cichlid
|Common name||Panda dwarf cichlid
|Scientific name||Apistogramma nijsseni|
|Size||Male up to 2" (5cm), female smaller.|
|Origin||S. America: Peru|
|Tank setup||Planted tank, with rock or bogwood caves and sand or fine gravel.|
|Compatibility||More peaceful than larger cichlids, 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 alkaline water in the aquarium.|
|Feeding||Omnivorous: Should 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 a blue colour sheen and a red-edged tail. Females have a distinctive yellow colouration with black blotches, resulting in
the common name of Panda dwarf cichlid.|
|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.|