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Double Full Red Cockatoo Cichlid (Apistogramma cacatuoides)

The Double Full Red Cockatoo Cichlid or Apistogramma cacatuoides has to be one of the fish with the longest names! These fresh water fish are known for their amazing coloration. Red blue and black are almost painted on their dorsal fins and tail. Also known as the Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid or Big Mouth Apistogramma this Cichlid originates in the streams and rivers of South America. Since then they have become a quite popular aquarium fish.Not the easiest to take care of this fish requires a very good filtration system along with plenty of hiding places. Reaching only about 3-1/2" in maximum length these fish will do well in anything larger than a 40 gallon aquarium. Water temperatures of 72-86° F with a PH level of 5.0-7.0 is acceptable. They are fast growers that should be fed freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, flake food, and brine shrimp. There is also some specially designed pellet food available for this Cichlid. The Double Full Red Cockatoo Cichlid is very easy to breed for what I hear.

If you have any tips for keeping these fish in an aquarium setting please comment!

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