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PostSubject: Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid   Sun Nov 01, 2009 2:34 pm

Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid
Alternative Name(s): Crested Dwarf Cichlid
Scientific Name(s): Apistogramma Cacatuoides
Category: Cichlid
Difficulty:
Maximum Size: 5cms
Minimum Tank Volume: 50 litres
Minimum Tank Size:
Water Temperature Range: 24-27C

Water pH Range: 6.0-7.5
Water Hardness Range: 5-18 dGH


General Information: A striking Cichlid so named because its dorsal rays resemble the crested
feathers on a Cockatoo. A small colourful fish. The body has a silvery
gray base and a long black horizontal line that runs the length of the
lateral surface with a matching diagonal line eminating from the eyes
along the ventral surface. Available in a number of varieties, single,
double and triple, which describes the number of coloured fins, a
triple red (pictured) having a red dorsal, caudal and anal fin.

Tank Requirements: See Minimum Tank Volume and Minimum Tank Size above
Diet Requirements:
A varied diet should be given to ensure good health and colour, a base of
flake and cichlid pellets supplemented with twice weekly treats of
live/frozen bloodworm and brineshrimp etc.
Compatibility:
Due to its small size the Cockatoo Cichlid can be housed in a community
with smaller fish such as tetras. Can be agressive to other cichlids
and males of its own species. Agressive when spawning.

Recommendations: Provide plenty of caves and plant cover for the females, in my experience some
females can find it hard to compete for food in a busy community.
Weekly water changes of 10-20%.
Common Problems:
All Apistogramma are sensitive to poor water quality, though it is accepted
that the Cockatoo Cichlid is somewhat hardier than others of this
genus.
Similar Species:
Other Apistogramma such as Apisto Agassizii, Apisto Macmasteri and Apisto
Nijsseni to name just a few. Water parameters vary between species so
individual research is required.
Sexing:
Females are easily identified by more subtle colouration, smaller dorsal ray
extensions and a general smaller size. Dorsal rays are usually black
and red, will display bright yellow spawning colours

Breeding: Cockatoo Cichlids will pair for breeding though it is recognised by many keepers
that hareem breeding is also possible. Cave spawners so provide plenty
of hide-aways for the females.
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PostSubject: Re: Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid   Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:58 am

very nice rich thats some great info their - will be a big help to anyone wanting
to keep them well done mate


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PostSubject: Re: Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid   Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:13 am

I think my male is a red double and my female an orange version

The mouth on the male is HUGE - I reckon he could cram a cherry barb in their if he wanted - definately a neon tetra - but they are peaceful (generally) so they wont be eating any tankmates
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