• Apisto, Cockatoo, Dwarf Cichlid (Apistogramma cacatuoides)

    Common Name: Apisto, Cockatoo, Dwarf Cichlid
    Scientific Name:
    Apistogramma cacatuoides

    This fish is undoubtedly the most kept of all 'Apistos'. Aquarium strains like the 'Triple Red' and 'Orange Flash' have been developed by hobbyists and offer amazing colors. This fish can also thrive in slightly hard water. Double Red Cacatuoides has red on the dorsal and caudal fin; Triple Red Cacatuoides has red on the dorsal, caudal, and anal fin. I keep my guys in a heavily planted tank with plenty of places for them to hide, especially under the leaves of the tiger lotus.

    pH Range
    Hardness (dH)
    Max. Size
    Min. Tank Size
    Swim Area
    76F - 80F 7.2 9-12 dH 4 inches 10 gallons Bottom

    South America
    Life Span:
    1 year in nature, 2-3 years in captivity
    Additional Diet Information:
    Mainly varied live food, but will take frozen brine shrimp and flakes.
    Gender Difference:
    The males are larger and more colorful than the females
    Cave Spawner
    A male can attend to many females. The females each raise their offspring in their own territory. The male moves around the tank protecting all the females and fry.
    Temperament/Social Behavior:

    • Aggressive
    • Reclusive/Solitary
    • Territorial
    • Aggressive when spawning
    Easily Obtained

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apisto, Cockatoo, Dwarf Cichlid started by imagirlgeek View original post
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    1. Tanknoob's Avatar
      Tanknoob -
      Where in Houston can you purchase theses ?