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Remarks: Apistogramma agassizii is a dwarf cichlid from South America. They are popular due to the wide variety of color patterns that exist in the hobby, including Double Red, Fire Red, and various wild-types. They are polychromatic, meaning that even among a single spawn, you may find individuals that vary in color (such as white versus yellow tails). Males have longer, pointed fins and typically more color. Females will turn bright orange with black fins during breeding dress. 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 agassizii
Common Name: Double Red
Max Size: 2.5"
Region of Origin: South America
Captive Bred or Wild: Captive Bred
Compatibility: Schooling fish, plecos, small catfish, livebearers, rainbowfish.
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