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Agassiz's Dwarf Cichlid

agassiz's dwarf cichlid

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Scientific Name:   Apistogramma agassizii      
Min. Tank Size:   25 gallons      
Personality:   Peaceful      
Temperature:   77-82°F      
pH:   6.0-6.8/0-5°dGH      
Size:   3.5"      
Diet:   Omnivore      
Breeding:   Egglayer      


Captive-bred specimens can be kept in a community set-up with peaceful Tetras, but wild-caught specimens are best kept in a species tank.

Agassiz's Dwarf Cichlid

A type of South American Cichlid, Agassiz's Dwarf Cichlids are native to northwestern Brazil and were originally collected from Lake Manucapuru near the city of Manaus. Currently, however, these fish are known to inhabit much of the Amazon River basin, living in slow-moving tributaries, creeks and backwaters. These fish tend to prefer environments where a great deal of leaf litter has collected, staining the water with tannins. Agassiz's Dwarf Cichlids, as indicated by their name, do not grow as large as many other Cichlid species but they still exhibit the typical bright Cichlid coloration. Though coloration and patterning may vary depending on the locality, many specimens have bright yellow coloration on their sides and bellies. Fin colorations may include red, orange or yellow and most specimens exhibit a dark lateral stripe running along the body from the eye through the caudal fin.

Agassiz's Dwarf Cichlids are undemanding when it comes to aquarium decor, though they prefer to have plenty of cover. Driftwood branches, rocks to form caves and clay pots should therefore be included in the design. These fish enjoy sandy substrate, dim lighting and the addition of leaf litter will be appreciated. Because these fish tend to inhabit slowly flowing waters, filtration should be efficient but water flow should be gentle. Water cleanliness is essential for this species, so regular partial water changes are a must. Smaller more frequent water changes are better than larger less frequent changes.

Carnivorous in the wild, these fish will accept a variety of live and frozen foods in captivity. Agassiz's Dwarf Cichlids are likely to accept Artemia, Daphnia and brine shrimp in both live and frozen form. Feeding a varied diet will help to promote optimum health and coloration.

These fish are substrate spawners, typically laying their eggs in crevices among rocks. Following spawning, the female will take over the role of caring for the eggs while the male guards the spawning site. Unlike many Cichlids, brood size for Agassiz's Dwarf Cichlids tend to be fairly small.

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