Apistogramma nijsseni, male (left) Apistogramma nijsseni, female (right)
Photos taken at Wharf Aquatics
© Sean Evans
|Common name:||Panda dwarf cichlid|
|Scientific name:||Apistogramma nijsseni|
|Size:||Male up to 2" (5cm), female smaller.|
|Origin:||South America (Peru)|
|Tank setup:||Planted tank, with rock or bogwood caves and sand or fine gravel.|
|Compatibility:||A generally fairly peaceful cichlid, but they will become territorial when spawning.|
|Water chemistry:||Soft and acidic, pH 5.5 - 6.8 preferred. Although the fish are more likely to look their best
and breed in their preferred water, they will usually adapt to slightly harder alkaline water in the aquarium.|
|Feeding:||Omnivorous: Should take dry foods, but live or frozen foods such as bloodworm, brine shrimp and mosquito larvae will be preferred.|
|Sexing:||Males are larger and have a blue colour sheen and a red-edged tail. Females have a distinctive yellow colouration with black blotches, resulting in
the common name of Panda dwarf cichlid.|
|Breeding:||Soft and acidic water of excellent quality required.
Can be bred as a pair or a harem with several females holding small territories. Provide caves with a very small entrance.
The female normally guards the fry, while the male defends the wider territory. Fry are normally free-swimming in about a week.|
A colourful dwarf cichlid with the male and female providing different but distinctive colouration. Another attractive species, Apistogramma pandurini, looks quite similar.