This is an exceptionally beautiful dwarf cichlid. Agassiz’s Dwarf Cichlid was first imported into Europe in 1909 and is available in numerous naturally occurring color morphs, as well as in some commercially developed ones. Typical of its genus, Apistogramma agassizii demonstrates sexual dimorphism, with the males being much larger than the females, and the two sexes often exhibiting completely different coloration.
- Wide distribution in southern tributaries of the Amazon.
- Up to 4in (10cm) reported; usually smaller; males considerably larger than females.
- Peaceful toward other species, but intolerant of its own in a confined space.
- Most commercial formulations accepted, but livefoods preferred.
- Thick planting, plus other forms of shelter, e.g. caves. Dark, fine-grained substratum recommended. Soft, acid water required. Temperature range: 72-77°F (22-25°C).
- Eggs are (usually) laid on the roof of a cave. Female takes on main responsibility for guarding both eggs and fry, with male defending territory. Hatching takes 3-5 days. If several females are kept in a sufficiently spacious aquarium with well-spaced- out caves, each will establish its own territory and may spawn with the same male.