Apistogramma Cacatuoides Double Red

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Apistogramma Cacatuoides

Apistogramma Cacatuoides Double Red

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Apistogramma Cacatuoides Double Red

The Apistogramma cacatuoides is one of the world's most popular dwarf cichlid.  This Apistogramma is especially striking because of its extreme and unique finance. The dorsal fin especially when raised can give this fish a crested look which is why it is often called the cockatoo cichlid. Though its body is often a plain copper color the fins have a bright deep orange or red color with unique black patterning which contrasts greatly. One interesting thing to note is that this color form of the cacatuoides was created from selectively breeding the wild-colored form. This fish would be a great long-term addition to a display community aquarium and would be a real eye-catcher to look at. Trying to find the males and females in this species is possible where adult males have a great deal of redfin age as well as a larger size whereas the females would have shorted finance and less bright orange color in the fins. This form of Apistogramma is not an extremely shy species and will readily present its personality to its owners and not shy from showing itself off. This dwarf cichlid would do best with other small community fish such as gouramis, tetras, and corydoras. naturally, the wild color Apistogramma Cacatuoides habitat in South America.


Tank Recommendations for your Apistogramma Cacatuoides double red

The Apistogramma Cacatuoides only need a tank of around 20 gallons (75 liters) as they are a small growing fish. This makes them great for nano community aquariums or to just show off a  breeding pair of Apistogramma. Th A sand substrate is advisable as these cichlids actively will sift through the sand looking for food. They will also appreciate hiding areas around small pieces of driftwood, rock caves and they will love a densely planted aquarium as well. This species is most active during the day when the lights are on during the day.


Suitable Tank Buddies

The Apistogramma cacatuoides double red is quite peaceful with aggression only ever coming out during breeding. With adequate space, these fish will get along with a wide range of community fish.


Usually Compatible

Tetras, gouramis, corydoras, angelfish, cherry barbs, and common community fish species.


Sometime Compatible

Other Apistogramma species and dwarf cichlids such as rams and large peaceful cichlids such as Uaru or Severums might outcompete for food.


Rarely Compatible

Shrimp and large aggressive species such as African cichlids, Oscars, and Jaguar cichlids.


Feeding your Apistogramma Cacatuoides double red

These Apistogramma are carnivores and they will readily prefer meaty foods. They will consume a wide range of dry and frozen foods. Their diet should contain good quality sinking pellets or flake and be supplemented with frozen food that has high protein such as bloodworm, brine shrimp, and daphnia. Feeding should occur once a day and it is best to do so when the lights are on during the day.

More Information
Scientific Name Apistogramma Cacatuoides
Care Level Moderate
Common Names Apistogramma cacatuoides, cockatoo cichlid
Diet Omnivore
Fish Family Cichlidae
Lifespan (years) 10
Max. Length (cm) 8
Min. Tank Volume (l) 67 Litres
Origin South America
Sociability Peaceful
Water Conditions 24-26° C, pH 5.0-7.0
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