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Our New Discus Tank - XVI

by George J. Reclos

Apistogramma agassizii

A very well known dwarf cichlid second only to Mikrogeophagus ramirezi in popularity this little beauty is also one of the best tankmates for discus - although species tanks are always recommended for the latter. This species has been known to science for more than a century and it is the "type species" for the notion of dwarf cichlids, and its attributes are the ones traditionally generalized to all dwarfs. It comes from South American rivers and the male will reach a final size of 7.5 cm while the female will reach 5 cm. The fish is very dimorphic with the male being the more colorful sex. The tail is also different between the two sexes; the male's is spearpoint shaped while the female's is rounded. It likes warm, soft and acidic water. In its natural habitat some extremely low values of GH and KH have been measured - almost zero. It is a harem substrate spawner and will appreciate a planted tank with a sandy bottom and some hiding places. Small caves are extremely appreciated and may be used for spawning. Will eat almost everything.

Photos by MCH / G. Reclos

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