Apistogramma cacatuoides

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This beautiful South American dwarf cichlid (family Cichlidae) is found in the Amazon River basin in tributaries of the Ucayali, Amazon and Solimões rivers from the Pachitea River to Tabatinga in Peru and Colombia. There are selectively bred color variations of this species for the aquarium trade e.g. 'double red', 'triple red', 'gold', 'sunset', 'sunburst', 'white gold', 'orange flash' and 'albino'.

Care tips

  • Prefers slow water flow
  • Driftwood roots or branches for cover
  • Sand substrate preferred
  • Catappa leaves
  • should be kept in pairs, trios or harems
  • Carnivore

Apistogramma cacatuoides is also known by Cockatoo dwarf cichlid and Cockatoo cichlid.

Below you can find photo and video collection of the Cockatoo cichlid that my father have kept with many successful spawning results.

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