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.|
|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.|
Several colour variations of this species are available, such as the popular "Double Red".