Agassiz's Dwarf Cichlid
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Habitat: Keep them in soft, acidic water that has been filtered over peat or with blackwater extract added. They do best in a well-planted tank with Java Fern or Java Moss anchored to driftwood, and floating plants, with plenty of hiding places such as driftwood or inverted flowerpots to provide each female her own domain.
Maximum length: 7.5 cm (3 in)
Minimum aquarium size: 19 L (5 gal)
Water: Freshwater 22 °C (72 °F) - 26 °C (79 °F)
General swimming level: Bottom to midwater
Carnivore. In the wild, these fish pick at small invertebrates, such as insect larvae and worms that live in the substrate and leaf litter. Although there are now many commercial cichlid foods on the market designed specifically for them, they don’t do well solely on prepared foods and must have live and frozen foods to thrive.
Agassiz’ Dwarf Cichlid is moderately territorial, more so when breeding events are taking place. Peaceful, mid-water schooling dither fishes like tetras will make them feel more secure.
Good water quality is a must.
Cave spawners. Females care for the brood.
Use a fine-grade gravel substrate.