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Golden Dwarf Cichlid

golden dwarf cichlid

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Scientific Name:   Nannacara anomala      
Min. Tank Size:   25 gallons      
Personality:   Peaceful      
Temperature:   75-82°F      
pH:   6.0-7.5/2-15°dGH     
Size:   3"      
Diet:   Omnivore     
Breeding:   Egglayer     


Can be kept with other peaceful, community species of similar water requirements.

Golden Dwarf Cichlid

A very hardy Dwarf Cichlid, this species is very popular in the aquarium trade and is often recommended for beginning aquarium hobbyists. Golden Dwarf Cichlids have a natural habitat that ranges from the Rio Aruka in Guyana south to the Rio Maroijne in Suriname. In the wild, these fish tend to inhabit low-lying coastal areas and areas of flooded grassland. Most specimens avaialble for sale are captive-bred on commercial farms. Golden Dwarf Cichlids are named for the metallic gold coloration of their bodies which is particularly prominent in males of the species. Males of the species may also exhibit several lateral stripes as well as red or yellow coloration on the fins.

Tank Set-up

In the home aquarium, Golden Dwarf Cichlids prefer densely planted tanks decorated with pieces of driftwood to provide cover. These fish will also benefit from overturned clay pots or rock caves to use as additional hiding places and spawning sites. This species of Cichlid tends to be very peaceful in nature and can be kept with most community species, therefore making it an excellent candidate for the community tank. If more than one male is kept in the same tank there may be some fighting until the dominant male establishes himself and, afterward, the subdominant male may disguise himself as a female to avoid the aggression of the other male.


Golden Dwarf Cichlids are not fussy eaters - they are likely to accept any food you offer them. These fish are micropredators in the wild, feeding on small insects and invertebrates, but can be fed meaty Cichlid pellets supplemented with small live or frozen foods such as bloodworms and brine shrimp. Vegetative matter in the form of a Spirulina-based flake will also be beneficial. Feed a regular varied diet to help promote optimum health and coloration.


Breeding this species is relatively easy and can be made easier by keeping a single male in a large tank with multiple females. The water in the breeding tank should be slighty acidic and the temperature should be slightly higher than the main tank to encourage breeding behavior. The average brood size for this species is between 50 and 300 eggs and, following spawning, the female will guard and tend the eggs until they hatch between 2 and 3 days later.

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