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Panda Dwarf Cichlid

Picture of Apistogramma nijsseni, male
Common namePanda dwarf cichlid
Scientific nameApistogramma nijsseni
Synonyms 
SizeMale up to 2" (5cm), female smaller.
OriginS. America: Peru
Tank setupPlanted tank, with rock or bogwood caves and sand or fine gravel.
CompatibilityMore peaceful than larger cichlids, but they will become territorial when spawning.
Temperature24-28oC (75-82oF)
Water chemistrySoft 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.
FeedingOmnivorous: Should take dry foods, but live or frozen foods such as bloodworm, brine shrimp and mosquito larvae will be preferred.
SexingMales 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.
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.


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