Apistogramma Agassizii
Apistogramma agassizii

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

2" - 5"

Minimum Tank Size

20 gallon


Black, Blue, Orange, Red, Silver, Yellow



Water Conditions

72-86° F, dGH 3-10, pH 5.5-7.0


General: The Dwarf Cichlid Apistogramma agassizii can live for up to ten years, and reach a length of three inches. This species should be kept in a tank size of 20 gallons, or larger. This Dwarf Cichlid will occupy any rocky area, along the bottom of an aquarium. A very colorful, and small community fish. They can be kept in mated pairs, or as a 1:3 male to female ratio.

Fecundity: The Apistogramma agassizii will produce 30 to 75 eggs per clutch. This is a cave-spawner that will lay eggs on a rocky ceiling. Once the eggs have hatched, the mother will act as a temporary mouth-brooder. She will actively pursue fry leaving her territory, place them into her mouth, and carry them back to safety. The male will guard the general area surrounding the reproductive site. There is a significant amount of parental energetic investment in the reproductive behaviors of Apistogramma agassizii.

Habitat: This Dwarf Cichlid is native to the Solimoes-Amazonian River stretch. It prefers areas littered with leafy material, as well as woody debris. To produce optimal coloration, try to maintain a water temperature between 72 and 82 degrees Ferenheit. This member of the Cichlidae family can make a very colorful addition to many planted aquariums.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Soft (3 to 10 dGH), and slightly acidic (5.5 to 7.2 pH) water conditions

Aquarium Diet (carnivorous): Brine shrimp, baby brine shrimp, blackworms, spirulina, general flake. Although this species is largely carnivorous, it is willing to consume some varieties of algae. For optimal color, a varied diet is always best.

Dismorphism: The Apistogramma agassizii male will vary in coloration. Typically, the male will display a larger body, and elongated dorsal fin. The female will have similar markings, and have a comparatively round dorsal fin.