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The Apistogramma Cacatuoides Orange is one of the most beautifully colored freshwater fish. And it is also one of the most popular dwarf cichlids among the aquarium hobbyists. Males are particularly colorful, boasting incredible bright orange coloration on the ample dorsal fin as well as the tail and anal fin. The body is typically a blue-violet sheen with a black horizontal stripe, which makes for a very distinctive and beautiful appearance. As with most dwarf cichlids, females are less colorful, but still have an attractive appearance and plenty of personalities. Coburg Aquarium's Live Fish and Aquarium Products shipped to your door in Australia.

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Features of Apistogramma Cacatuoides:

  • Apistogramma cacatuoides is sometimes known as the big mouth cichlid because of its large mouth
  • It inhabits shallow, slow-moving waters
  • This fish is found in South America, and can tolerate cooler water than most apistos
  • Lifespan of the fish : 5-10 years


The Best Aquarium Size for Apistos:

In most cases, they can be kept in both small and large aquariums. We recommend providing a tank size of 60L for mature Apistos. Tank size can vary greatly depending on how big or small the fish is and how many you plan to stock in the tank. The bigger tank is better for the health of your fish.

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

Apistogramma Cacatuoides can be kept with a variety of other fish species. They do well in community tanks. It is important to avoid keeping them with aggressive fish though, as they may become stressed or injured.

Great tank mates for Apistogramma include:

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Feeding :

Primarily carnivorous in nature. In the aquarium, live and frozen foods such as Artemia, Daphnia and chironomid larvae (bloodworm) should be offered regularly although most specimens will also learn to accept dried alternatives with pelleted products generally preferred to flake.

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Apistogramma Cacatuoides Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

Water flow should not be very strong. A strong filtration system is absolutely necessary. Make sure the filter matches with your tank size.

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Power head Brands:

Plants for Apistogramma Cacatuoides

Plants are beneficial in helping to maintain good water quality and adding enrichment to a fish’s diet. Prefers some dense planting with some floating plants and open swimming areas.

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Decorations for Apistogramma Cacatuoides

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Fairly dim lighting is recommended.


Stick with fine sandy substrate.

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Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums for offices, hotels or restaurants. Coburg Aquarium, Australia's leading aquarium shop.

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