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Scientific Name: Apistogramma cacatuoides
Common Name: Cockatoo dwarf cichlid
German: Kakadu-Zwergbuntbarsch
Danish: Kakaduedværgcichlide
Polish: Pielegniczka kakadu
Genus: Apistogramma
Order: Perciformes
Class: Actinopterygii
Family: Cichlidae
Subfamily: Geophaginae
Etymology: Hoedeman, 1951
Origin: Amazon basin
Size: males: up tp 10cm / 4 inches, females smaller
Diet: flakes and live foods
Sexual dimorphism: Males are more colorful, larger, and have the characteristic "cockatoo" crest.
Minimum Tank Size: 15 imp gal (60L / 20 US gal) for a male and a few females. if you want to keep more, you'll need at least 30 imp gallons
Females:males ratio: one male to at least 3 females. do not keep more than one "breeding group" in a tank smaller then 5ft
Tank Setup: Planted and not too turbulent. Caves and flat rocks must be present as well as leaves littering the bottom.
Min / Max number in tank: male and a few females unless tank is very large.
Water parameters:

* Water Type: tropical freshwater
* Temp: 24-28C / 75-82F
* Hardness: medium (5-20)
* pH: 6-8
Temperament: Peaceful, but will become territorial when breeding.
Compatibility: Most small-simmilar sized fish. Will become territorial when breeding.
Breeding: Egg layers: female guards the eggs (usually up to 80) which are usually layed in a cave and fry. Male guards wider territory
Colours can vary greatly from fish to fish.
They are prone to fungus, but they're also prone to anti-fungal treatements, so good water conditions are a must!

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