Apistogramma cacatuoides

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Brasil, Colombia, Peru
Length : 9 cm - 3,5"
Min.length aquarium : 100 cm - 40"
English name : Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid
This dwarfcichlid 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 is very sensitive for chemicals.

You should feed the fish with live or frozen food.  They barely accept dry food.

Breeding is fairly easy.  The eggs are laid in a hole.  The female takes care of the fry and the male defends the territory.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can raise them with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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