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Agassiz's dwarf cichlid - Apistogramma agassizii

Agassiz's dwarf cichlid - Apistogramma agassizii

Scientific name: Apistogramma agassizii

Common name: Agassiz's dwarf cichlid

Family: Cichlidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 7 - 8 cm (2.76 - 3.15 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 7

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 12°N (71.43 - 214.29ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 21 - 25 °C (69.8 - 77°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South America

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels


Agassiz's Dwarf Cichlids are carnivorous and prefer live and frozen foods. They will accept flakes in an aquarium but should be provided a good variety of nutrition.


The males have brighter, more vibrant colors and they also tend to be slightly larger than females. Males also tend to have extended, flowing fins. The females are drab in coloration, ranging from grey to a dull yellow.


Eggs are laid on the ceiling surfaces of caves and are protected by the females. Males will protect the exterior territory surrounding the caves containing eggs, fry and females. One male may take on several partners at a time and have several small broods at one time.


The Agassiz's Dwarf Cichlid can live for approximately 6 years.


This South American Cichlid can be found in countries such as Brazil and Peru. More specifically, they are native to the Amazon, Negro and Ucayali Rivers.

Short Description

The Agassiz's Dwarf Cichlid is a small, peaceful fish that should be kept in small groups of about one male per three females. Provide plenty of small caves and plants for cover and spawning.


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