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Remarks: Apistogramma panduro is a dwarf cichlid from South America. Part of the A. nijsseni complex, this species exhibits a robust, pearly-white body with a large black blotch on the caudal peduncle that runs into the caudal fin. This large spot is one way to tell them apart from A. nijsseni, along with the pointed dorsal fin rays. Both males and females can show an orange trim on the edge of the caudal fin and bright yellow tips on the pelvic fins. A sandy substrate is necessary due to their earth-eating habits. The tank should be furnished with several caves or nooks to protect and spawn in. Cichlid caves, overturned flower pots, and leaf litter work well.
Breeding is achieved by feeding live baby brine shrimp to an adult pair and providing a proper tank setup. Fry are guarded by one or both parents for several weeks. Dither fish such as small tetras and livebearers can be used to provide parents with targets to chase.
Scientific Name: Apistogramma panduro
Max Size: 3.5"
Region of Origin: South America
Captive Bred or Wild: Captive Bred
Compatibility: Schooling fish, plecos, small catfish, livebearers, rainbowfish.
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