Double Full Red Agassizi Cichlid (Apistogramma agassizi) CareSheet
The Apistogramma nijsseni, often known as the Panda Dwarf Cichlid, is a South American cichlid that originated in the Amazon Basin. This species' male has a golden colour that fades to blue as it gets closer to the back of the fish. The caudal fin is rounded with a crimson border. The female of this species is almost totally yellow, with three or four black markings on her side. Depending on its attitude, this fish will change color.
The Panda Dwarf Cichlid should be housed in an aquarium with densely planted groups that is at least 30 gallons. They demand a large number of open swimming areas as well as hiding spots. It's best to use a fine gravel to sand substrate. They are semiaggressive, but also shy, and should not be kept alongside huge, aggressive fish.
They need proper water conditions and must be changed on a regular basis. The Panda Dwarf Cichlid is an egg layer that loves to deposit her eggs in caves. The male will arrive after the female has deposited her eggs to fertilize them. The male then abandons the brood to the female after conception. Within seven to ten days, the fry will be able to swim on their own, at which point they should be fed freshly born brine shrimp. The fry will achieve sexual maturity in around five months since they are a fast-growing species.
The Panda Dwarf Cichlid is a carnivorous fish that eats a broad range of foods. These fish will eat freeze-dried bloodworms
, flake food
, and both frozen and live brine shrimp and worms.
Requirements for keeping Apistogramma nijsseni
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Tank Conditions: 72-86°F; pH 6.0-7.0
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 3"
Apistogramma nijsseni (Dwarf Panda Cichlid)