Riverpark Aquatics

Double Red Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid (Apistogramma cacatuoides "Double Red")

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Our Guide To Keeping Double Red Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid Fish

  1. About Fish Species:

    • Scientific name: Apistogramma cacatuoides
    • Common name: Double Red Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid
    • Family: Cichlidae
    • Origin: South America, specifically the Amazon River basin in Brazil, Colombia, and Peru
    • Adult length: Varies, typically between 5 to 8 centimeters
    • Lifespan: 3 to 5 years
  2. Tank Setup:

    • Double Red Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlids prefer a well-planted aquarium with plenty of hiding spots such as caves, driftwood, and plants like Java Fern and Amazon Sword.
    • Provide soft, slightly acidic water with a pH ranging from 6.0 to 7.0 and a temperature between 24 to 28°C (75 to 82°F).
  3. Water Parameters:

    • Keep the water parameters stable with low to moderate lighting.
  4. Filtration and Water Flow:

    • Use a filtration system that provides gentle to moderate water flow, ensuring good circulation without causing excessive disturbance.
  5. Diet:

    • Double Red Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlids are omnivores and will accept a variety of foods including high-quality flakes, pellets, and frozen or live foods like bloodworms, brine shrimp, and daphnia.
    • Offer a varied diet to ensure nutritional balance and supplement their diet with occasional treats like small insects and insect larvae.
  6. Tank mates:

    • They can be territorial, especially during breeding, so it's best to keep them with peaceful tank mates such as tetras, rasboras, and other small, non-aggressive fish.
    • Avoid keeping them with larger or more aggressive fish that may intimidate or harass them.
  7. Behavior and Compatibility:

    • Double Red Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlids are generally peaceful but can exhibit territorial behavior, especially when breeding.
    • They do well in a community setup with other small, peaceful fish species.

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