Apistogramma agassizii
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Apistogramma agassizii

Common Names: Agassiz's Dwarf Cichlid
Synonyms: Apistogramma agassizi
Apistogramma parva
Geophagus agassizii
Family: Cichlidae
Category: Cichlids
Distribution: America - South; South America
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Peaceful; Agassiz's Dwarf Cichlid is a peaceful cichlid apart from when they are breeding.
Diet: Carnivore; Carnivore
Care: Carnivorous. They will thrive on a variety freeze-dried foods, which can be alternated occasionally with frozen or live foods such as enchytrae and tubifex worms.
5 - 7
26°C - 29°C
79°F - 84°F
2 dH - 12 dH
Potential Size: Male: 8cm (3.1")
Female: 8cm (3.1")
Water Region: Middle, Bottom; Middle-Bottom
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: They are not difficult to sex. The female is yellow in colour, with a black diagonal stripe below the eye and a black spot on the side of the body, which may show as a longitudinal line when ready to spawn, its fins are somewhat shorter, rounder and more uniform color. The male is bluey/grey top and bottom, with a darker logitudinal stripe, which tapers towards the tail, colouration of its fins varies from a vivid red to a paler orangey yellow, dependant on the morphology, the most striking feature of the male cocouration is the almost flourescent turquoise patterning on the head and body, especially visible under a uv lamp. The male will grow to around 3 inches wheras the female will only grow to 2 inches.
Breeding: Agassiz's dwarf cichlids are egglayers and will breed in small caves.
Comments: Agassiz's Dwarf Cichlid from the middle Amazon region are peaceful (except when spawning) and are suitable for a community aquarium. The average male grows to about three inches, whereas the female grows to only about two inches. The aquarium should be set up in a manner suitable for most dwarf cichlids.
Main Colours: Red, Yellow, Black
Markings: Striped Horizontal
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Flat
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Image Credit: rar78704
Submitted By: Adam
Contributors: ACIDRAIN, mike boyce, zachf92
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