Distribution: Apistogramma Cacatouides are found hiding in amongst the plants and leaf litter of many lakes and rivers in South America, they are a bottom dwelling cichlid which prefer to stay in one territory.
pH: 5.5 – 7
Temperature: 24°C – 27°C (75°F – 81°F)
Hardness: 2 dH – 10 dH
Description: A small and generally peaceful dwarf cichlids which prefers to live in pairs or a harem. The Males have been known to grow to 8cm and the females to 5cm, These are one of the easiest fish to tell males and females apart, Males are bigger, have longer more pointed dorsal, tail, anal and pectoral fins and typically have very colourful fins with more of a bland body. Females are normally smaller, with shorter fins and have a bright yellow body with broken horizontal black lines.
Diet: Apistogramma Cacatuoides have a forward pointing mouth and therefore prefer to eat slow sinking food or food from the bottom. They are a non-fussy omnivore which will eat most dried , frozen or live foods.
Breeding: Apistogramma Cacatuoides are a cave spawning cichlid which will protect their offspring with a passion shown by few others. The minimum size aquarium you should attempt to breed them in is a 15ltr tank, although they may lay eggs in a smaller space normally they will eat the eggs.
Set up a cave which is only just big enough for the pair of Apistogramma Cacatuoides to fit in but small enough that they feel seclueded, they are not particulary fussy when it comes to finding a place to breed, they have even been known to lay eggs on the underside of leaves, the main considerations are- the pair need to be well fed, water quality good and the pair are not stressed out by humans or other fish.
Tip: Feed live black worms for a week the do a 30% cold water change, this will almost guarantee them to spawn.
Comments: Apistogramma’s are one of the hidden jewels of the aquarium, they have a big personality, they show love in looking after their young and they come in many brilliant colours.
Recommended Compatible Species: Apistogramma Cacatuoides are a great community species and therefore live happily with most Tetra species (particularly the Neon Tetra and Black Tetra). They are also great tank mates with Discus, Corydoras Catfish (particularly Corydoras Sterbai and Corydoras aeneus) Angelfish, Clown loach, the common Guppy and Platy and most Gourami (such as the Blue Gourami and Dwarf Gourami like the Honey Gourami) Also can live happily with most Danio (particularly the Zebra Danio and Pearl Danio) and also many Killifish make great tank mates.
Originally posted 2009-08-26 04:39:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter