Apistogramma agassizii

75F
Explanation of the symbols

72F
Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Amazon river
Length : 8 cm - 3"
Min.length aquarium : 80 cm - 30"
English name : Agassiz's Dwarf Cichlid
Peaceful dwarfcichlid that can be kept in a community aquarium together with other small peaceful fishes, but you can better keep them in an aquarium that is set up especially for dwarfcichlids.  A male forms a harem and as a result, should be kept in a ration of one male to every three or four females. Males defend a large territory in which several females may guard their own brood. The aquarium should be set up with stones, driftwood and roots, and on the sides and background densely planted, because they need hiding places.  The substrate should be dark to bring out the colours of this fish.

The fish prefers live food but frozen and dry food are accepted as well.

Breeding is not difficult.  Up to 300 eggs are laid in a cave and fertilized.  The female takes care of the fry and the male defends the territory.  After hatching the young fishes are moved to a pit by the female.  When they are swimming free you can feed them with baby brine shrimp.
 

Photo Credit
Jasper Luijkx

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