Apistogramma Cacatuoides
Apistogramma cacatuoides

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

2" - 5"

Minimum Tank Size

20 gallon


Black, Blue, Grey, Orange, Red, Silver, Yellow



Water Conditions

Slightly acidic (6.4-7.8 pH), intermediate water hardness (3-12 dGH), 72 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit


General: A dwarf cichlid, the Apistogramma Cacatuoides is native to the Brazilian tributaries of the Amazonian river basin. They should be kept in an aquarium larger than 20 gallons, with several areas containing cave-like structures. It can be kept in mated pairs or with a 1:3 male to female ratio. It can be especially territorial after having spawned. The Apistogramma Cacatuoides will do best in a well maintained aquarium, with low nitrate levels.

Fecundity (Reproduction): The Apistogramma Cacatuoides may produce up 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 Cacatuoides.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Slightly acidic (6.4-7.8 pH), intermediate water hardness (3-12 dGH)

Aquarium Diet: Brine shrimp, Baby Brine Shrimp, Blackworms, Spirulina, Daphnia, Omnivore Pellet, Tropical Flake. For optimal color, a varied diet is always best.

Dimorphism: The male Apistogramma Cacatuoides will be larger than the female. The male typically has an elongated, pointed dorsal to attract the female and will also develop elongated pelvic fins. The female will only get to a size of approximately two inches and will develop a yellow coloration when ready to reproduce.