Apistogramma cacatuoides var. "Triple Red" (male)
I first saw these guys on this site in the photo gallery. One look was all it took. I knew I had to have them and after getting them I saw first off the color in them and the thought that they where going to bring a totally different look to the tank. They have only been in the tank for 7 days and in those 7 days they have made the tank complete by showing off their color and their unbelievable dancing. The pair I got were straight from the Amazon and like the others I got a pair of them hoping to be able to breed them in the future. They were a little slow coming around to tank life, but have and once they did they have added a lot of color and beauty to the tank. They really don't like flake food, but seem to eat froozen brine shrimp until they look like they are going to pop. They seem to spend a lot of time in the caves and come out right about sunset to play. Once they're out they do their dance. The dance they do is like a little ballroom dance. They have completed my tank and with the addtion of them and the agassizi pair they have made my Amazon tank the best it could be.
I love these guys...they have all the behavior of a big cichlid in a small size. I found out the hard way though, that they are harem breeders. You need to have more than one female, or the male will harass the female to death! They are fairly aggressive fish, but do fine in community tanks. The only fish I had problems with are cory catfish, they take up the same tank 'zone' and will be attacked. I lost one cory, and removed the others. Now my male is peacefully coexisting with tetras, otos, and a SAE. I also have four small females in a 40 L, and their antics are really something to watch. They are constantly challenging one another for hierarchy. They will pair off facing each other, and the challengerís stripe will fade into a dot. They flare their gills and then chase each other. The dominant fish has the darker color eyes and more yellow body. The lower fish have less color, even to the point of having no black in their eyes and a faded stripe! I have them in hard water, pH 8.0 and over 200 ppm hardness, they seem to not mind it so far.
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