Dwarf Cockatoo Cichlid

lg 89439 Cockatoo Dwarff Cichlid
Latin name: (Apistogramma cacatuoides)

Care Level





Blue, Green



Preferred Conditions


Avg. Max Size


Minimum Tank Size

30 gallons



The Dwarf Cockatoo Cichlid is a semi-aggressive fish that requires an aquarium of at least 30 gallons, with plenty of open swimming areas, dense planted groupings, and hiding places. To create an ideal habitat, a fine gravel to sand substrate is recommended. The Apistogramma is also a timid species and should not be housed with large, aggressive fish. Moreover, they need good water conditions, so regular water changes are essential to maintain their health. As such, it is important to provide the right environment and husbandry for the Dwarf Cockatoo Cichlid to ensure optimal health and longevity. It is also worthwhile to research the species extensively before adding them to the tank.

The Dwarf Cockatoo Cichlid is an excellent choice for any aquarium, as they are easy to breed and can provide a great deal of entertainment. Their fast growth rate makes them an ideal species to keep in a community aquarium. Furthermore, they are hardy and beautiful fish that can add a splash of color to any tank. With proper care and maintenance, these cichlids can be expected to thrive in any aquarium environment. In addition, they can also be kept with other species of similar size and temperament. With the right setup, the Dwarf Cockatoo Cichlid can be a wonderful addition to any home aquarium.

This carnivore will consume a wide variety of foods, including Freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, flake food, and both frozen and live brine shrimp and worms.

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