Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid (Apistogramma cacatuoides)

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Scientific Name(s): Apistogramma cacatuoides


Common Name(s): Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid, Crested Dwarf Cichlid


Family: Cichlidae


Species Type: South American Cichlids


Maximum Size: 3.5 inches


Life Span: 5 years


Natural Habitat: South American rivers (Amazon River)


Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons


Tank Region: Prefers middle or bottom of tank.


Possible Tank Mates: Other dwarf cichlids such as yellow dwarf cichlid or panda dwarf cichlid.


Description: One of the most colorful and commonly available Apistogramma species. This fish is highly farm/aquarium bred and raised, and thus has several color varieties; "sunset", "red", "double red", "triple red", "sun spot", just to name a few. One of the more forgiving of the Apistogramma species when it comes to water parameters.


Temperature Range: 72°F - 80°F



pH Range: 6 - 7.8

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Hardness Range: 5° - 18°



Breeding Information: Quite easy. Condition the pair on live food. Will spawn on bogwood, broad leafed plants, and in upturned flowerpots.


Sexing Information: Males tend to have brighter colors and extended rays on the dorsal fin.


Diet: Feed live foods for best coloration. Flake is also accepted. Prefer to be kept in a tank with dense vegetation and lots of bogwood.


Temperament: Peaceful community fish


Common Diseases: None specific to species


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