Aquarium fish: Apistogramma cacatuoides (Apistogramma cacatuoides)
Size: 8 cm
Origin: South America
Water temperature: 22-29 ° C
Aquarium volume: 70 l
Apistogramma cacatuoides (Apistogramma cacatuoides) – Cichlid occurring in many different color forms.
Cockatoo nurses come from South America. They live mainly in small rivers and streams in Peru, Bolivia and partly in Brazil.
Characteristics and disposition
A fish with an interesting appearance. Dorsal fin resembling the top of a cockatoo parrot, black and red drawing on the caudal fin.
Males grow up to 8 cm, are more colored than females and have slightly elongated fin rays. Females grow up to 5.5 cm. Kakadu nurses come in many color varieties. Due to the high temperament of males, they should be kept in female harems.
Nutrition and feeding
We mainly serve frozen and live foods such as artemia, daphnia, bloodworm larvae.
You can also get used to the cockatoo to consume dry foods, but only as a supplement to your current diet.
If we want to have several males, the aquarium must be relatively large, so that there will be no fights between rivals. Cockatoos are very sensitive to high nitrate concentrations, therefore frequent water changes are required. A 70-liter aquarium, densely planted with vegetation with lots of hiding places, caves, nooks and crannies, e.g. made of stones, will be sufficient for a harem.
The substrate is preferably soft and sandy. Diffused light. They don’t like the water current that is too strong. The fish are suitable for a social aquarium but cannot be combined with other cichlids. During spawning, they show aggression towards other fish.
They go well with, for example, small bites and catfish.
Relatively easy. In well-kept aquariums, spawning usually takes place without our participation. Like other cichlids, they spawn in the ground or on hard elements, e.g. stones.
The female looks after the spawn and the male guards the territory. In smaller tanks, you may need to isolate the male, as it can be very aggressive during this period.