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Apistogramma agassizii

Picture of Apistogramma agassizii, male Picture of Apistogramma agassizii, female

Apistogramma agassizii male (left), Apistogramma agassizii female (right)
Photos © Sean Evans

Common name:Agassizi's dwarf cichlid
Scientific name:Apistogramma agassizii
Size:Up to 3" (7.5cm), female smaller.
Origin:South America: widespread in the Amazon region - Brazil and Peru.
Tank setup:Planted tank, with rock or bogwood caves and soft/fine substrate.
Compatibility:Can be kept in a community tank, but they will become territorial when spawning.
Temperature:24-28oC (75-82oF)
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 and alkaline water in the aquarium.
Feeding:Carnivorous: Will take dry foods such as flake and small granular foods, but live or frozen foods such as bloodworm, brine shrimp and mosquito larvae are preferred.
Sexing:Males are larger and have elongated fins and more intense colour. Females are more yellow in colour, especially when breeding.
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.
Comments: Several colour variations of this species are available, such as the popular "Double Red".


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