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Our New Discus Tank - XIV

by George J. Reclos

Apistogramma cacatuoides "double red"

New photos

 

Click on the thumbnails for the high resolution photos. Photos by G.J.Reclos/MCH

Another dwarf cichlid second only to Mikrogeophagus ramirezi (rams) in popularity. Its bigger final size (males may reach or exceed 8 cm) makes it more suitable for larger planted tanks (especially for those interested in cichlids). Far more aggressive then the M.ramirezi you will definitely need many more females than males, the absolute minimum being 3 females / male fish. Being a cave spawner it needs some kind of shelter which can be provided either by stone and / or bogwood formations or, better still, by ceramic flower pots or coconut shells. In a small aquarium with fish that stay in the bottom (e.g. Corydoras) it will give them a hard time as it will not allow any fish near its chosen spawning site. Will eat anything although a varied diet is recommended. During eating time it will reach the surface so there is no reason to use fast sinking pellets. Far more robust than the M.ramirezi will also spawn in neutral or even slightly alkaline water - although the preferred pH is between 6.5 - 7. Compared to the ram, the female is more dully colored.  

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