The cockatoo is another colourful and peaceful dwarf cichlid from South America. It has many colour variations, all of which are stunning. As with all Dwarf Cichlids, they prefer a slightly acidic and soft water and the Cockatoo cichlid can struggle is it is introduced to a new aquarium. It prefers a stable and mature environment. The males are slightly larger and more colourful than the females.
They thrive in a well planted tank with plenty of hiding places.
Species – Double Red Cockatoo Cichlid - Apistogramma cacatoides
Current Size – 3cm
Adult Length – 8cm
Temperature Range – 26 – 29°C
pH Range – 5.5– 7.5
Special Requirements - They prefer a soft, slightly acidic environment.
Tanks Mates and Compatibility - These little cichlids are timid fish and tank mates should be chosen to compliment this. As with most cichlids, they can become territorial during breeding. They can be kept with other dwarf cichlids.
Feeding - The Cockatoo Cichlid are primarily carnivores and feed mostly on invertebrates in the wild. They are happy with most quality dry food but should be fed live or frozen food regularly.
Please note – Some images used are library photos and will show the colour potential at a fully mature size, as our fish are juvenilles they may vary.
We always aim to supply the fish as close to the purchase size as possible. However if this is not possible, we will always contact you to discuss.
The fish are selected at random however you are welcome to make a note on the order and the fish manager will do his best for you. This is dependent on current stock at the time of your order.