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Cockatoo dwarf cichlid - Apistogramma cacatuoides

Cockatoo dwarf cichlid - Apistogramma cacatuoides

Scientific name: Apistogramma cacatuoides

Common name: Cockatoo dwarf cichlid

Family: Cichlidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 5 - 9 cm (1.97 - 3.54 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 7

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 18°N (71.43 - 321.43ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 25 - 29 °C (77 - 84.2°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South America

Temperament to its own species: peaceful to males

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels


The Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid is omnivorous and will accept a variety of foods including store bought prepared foods in flake or pellet form.


The males have elaborate fins and bright colors unlike the females which have dull color and plain fins.


This dwarf cichlid is an egg layer. The female will display for the male and vice versa. A small amount of approximately 50 eggs are layed at a time. The Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid will exhibit great parenting behavior as they keep all predators at bay.


Cockatoo dwarf cichlid can live for approximately 3-5 years in captivity.


The Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid can be found in the Amazon River of South America.

Short Description

Apistogramma cacatuoides is one of the easiest to raise of all the Apistogramma varieties.


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