Apistogramma cacatoides, also known as the cockatoo dwarf cichlid, is a species of freshwater fish native to South America. They have a unique physical appearance with bright colors, including blue, red, and yellow. Males have more elongated dorsal and anal fins, while females are rounder. They prefer a heavily planted aquarium with plenty of hiding spots, as they can be quite shy. They are known for their territorial behavior, especially during breeding, and may become aggressive towards other fish.
- SOLD SIZE: 1"-1.25"
- Origin: Amazon Basin, South America
- Max size: Males up to 3 inches, Females up to 1"
- Recommended tank size: Minimum 20 gallons (75 liters) for a pair, with ample hiding spots and planted areas.
- Water temperature: 75-82°F (24-28°C)
- Temperament: Generally peaceful, but can be territorial during breeding.
- Diet: Omnivorous, preferring live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, and daphnia, but can also eat high-quality flakes and pellets.
- Life span: 3-5 years in captivity.