Apistogramma nijsseni

Explanation of the symbols

Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Peru
Length : 6,5 cm - 2,5"
Min.length aquarium : 70 cm - 25"
English name : Panda Dwarf Cichlid
Peaceful dwarfcichlid that can be territorial.  You can keep the as a pair and in bigger tanks you can keep a male with several 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 and the light dimmed to bring out the colours of this fish.

You should give them small live food. They don't accept dry food.

Breeding is not easy.  The water should be extremely soft and acid.  The  eggs are laid and fertilized in a cave.  The male defends the territory.  The female takes care for the fry.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can feed them with baby brine shrimp.  They are very sensitive for pollution of the water

Photo Credit
Sascha Biedermann/Wikipedia

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