Cockatoo Dwarf Double Red

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For fans of dwarf cichlids looking for a fish that is colorful, full of energy and attitude and is yet still hardy, unfussy and easy to keep, these Double Red Apistogramma cacatuoides will certainly fit the bill. In fact out of all of the Apistogramma species, this one has probably been kept longer in the hobby than any other. Because of this, they are very well adapted to a whole host of water condtions and parameters. These "double red" fish are called that because they've been selectively bred to have very red dorsal and caudal fins which are splotched with flecks of black and are also irregularly edged and ringed in black, giving them an extremely fierce appearance.

Males are much larger and more colorful than are the females, and males also tend to 'flare up' and act tough towards one another. Sometimes there can be scuffles, so it is best to place these fish in an aquarium that will give them somee room to move around and stake claims to their territories. It is also very important to keep these fish in a setting filled with rocks and plants to break up line of sight; breaking up line of sight in fish species often helps to keep down aggression and fighting.

These are very easy to keep and breed fish, and they lay large clutches of eggs given good food and a cave to retreat to. Born and bred in Europe, these fish make excellent centerprice fish but they won't at all stress your wallet when doing so! These dwarf cichlids ship individually bagged, one fish per bag, and we recommend always getting a pair so that your fish have company and happiness!

Common Names : Cockatoo Cichlid, Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid

Care Level : Medium, since you need a well established tank for them

Size : 2 - 3.5 inches (5 - 9 cm)

pH : 6.0 - 7.0

Temperature : 79 - 84°F (26 - 29°C)

Water Hardness : prefers soft water

Lifespan : usually around 3 - 5 years

Origin / Habitat : Streams and backwaters of the Amazon River

Temperament / Behavior : They are quite peaceful except during the breeding process.

Cockatoo Cichlid Breeding : The best ratio for breeding is 1 male to 3 or more females. Breeding them is not very easy in the home community aquarium.

Aquarium Size : 20 gallons (78 liters) minimum for each pair

Fish Disease : Freshwater Fish Disease - Diagnose, Symptoms and Treatment

Diet / Fish Food : They should accept nearly all aquarium fish foods including flakes, frozen, freeze dried, live and cichild pellets.

Tank Region : Bottom to middle areas of the tank.

Gender : The males are more colorful and have a forked tail as well as a pointed anal and dorsal fin.

Similar Species : Cichlids

*Photo is not of actual fish

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