Animal Stories - Cockatoo Cichlid

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The Cockatoo Cichlid is quite attractive and one of the most readily available Apisto cichlids!
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Sacapuntas - 2017-02-25
I have a 20gal with 2 plecos- both under 2 inches, and a pair of very small cockatoo cichlids. Any ideas of posible tankmates that arent tetras (i dont really like them) would be greatly appreciated.

william mayer - 2011-07-09
Hi, I want to get some cockatoo cichlids to breed in my 39"x18"x16" tank, how many could I raise up in there to breed, and what sort of layout and accessories should I use in my tank for them to breed? Also can I add any other fish to the tank, write back asap, thanks will.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-07-10
    Start by purchasing 6 juvenile cockatoo cichlids (Apistogramma cacatuoides), and raising them together. Make sure they look like they are healthy and have good looking spines. At least one pair should arise from these. Cockatoo Cichlids like caves while breeding, so providing them with places to hide, just as flowerpots, logs, or plants with large leaves would be best. You will want to check the conditions of your tank - optimal would be a pH from 6.8 to 7.2 and a temperature of 78 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit.

    These cichlids are more of a community fish, so if the aquarium is large enough, some good tankmates would include Cardinal Tetras (though during breeding, the Cockatoo Cichlid can chase them right out of the tank if there is not adequate space), Otocinclus Catfish, Julii Cory, Three-Line Pencilfish, Glowlight Rasbora (Hengel's), Dwarf Gourami, Kuhli Loach, and Dwarf Rainbowfish (Neon).

zane - 2011-07-03
I have had a couple of double reds for a while, and mine tend to like breeding in pvc... I just cut a heap of 20mm-25mm pvc into lengths of about 100mm..
I covered mine with java moss to make them more presentable in the tank, as it's a community tank..
she just loves it as a cave.. a must try for breeders.

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  • zane - 2011-07-03
    My water temp is rather warm, around the 28 deg mark, there are a few tetras and platys, is heavily planted and heavily driftwood'd. Have bio filter and co2.. I do twice weekly water changes, and keep nirtates nil....

    All my fish are beautiful in color, and breed constantly.

    I also feed a range of things, flake food, pellets, frozen and fresh brine shrimp, black worms, cucumber, and lettuce...
    a variety is the best :)
suckonmelefone - 2008-11-30
Hello again people, I was about to do my forthnightly water change on my dwarf cichlids tank and behold I see this intense yellow female swiming around with about 2 dozen babies around her. She gobbles them up if they go too far and spits them out next to the cave again, lol. PS..temp is still 26c and water parameters haven't changed. Still living with the barbs and whiptail, brislenose passed away, got really fat and died. Upset me since he was growing bristles. Thanks for reading and hope u all have success.

suckonmelefone - 2008-10-28
Hello people. I currently have a pair of apistogramma cacatuoides, aka cockatoo dwarf cichlids, in a 40 ltr aquarium with lots of silk plants and caves made from bogwood and fake logs. They live with 5 tiger barbs, 1 bristle nose catfish, and 1 whiptail catfish. They are a peaceful species who never bother the catfish but don't tolerate the barbs getting to close to the gravel, otherwise they never bother them. Mostly it's the male chasing the barbs but doesn't nibble them. I feed them-flakes, frozen bloodworms, and 5mm sinklng pellets from new life brand called spectrum grow, it's not cheap. I've had them for 2 months now and their colours have changed since I got them, especially the male. No signs of breeding yet. Just the male chasing the female from time to time when he finds her. Like I said, lots of plants. My tank is slightly acidy and temps. around 26c. I highly recommend them for anyone who doesn't have a big aquarium but wants some personality in their tank. Best of luck and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.