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Apistogramma agassizii
Agassiz's Apisto, Agassizi Dwarf Cichlid

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Apistogramma agassizii 'Red' (male)
Photo Credit: Fabio Carminato

Name: Apistogramma agassizii
Size TankpHTemp
Origin: Amazon Basin
8 cm 60 L 6.5 24C


The Apistogramma agassizii is one of the easiest South American dwarfs to keep and breed. Definitely a good beginner fish. This species likes the pH aroud 6.8 to neutral and a dH of 8-10. Temperature should be the same as most other South American dwarfs.

Contributed by (no name given)

I have had 3 Apisto Agassizi for a while now, they are in a 200 liter with some Blue Rams and Cory Cats and they do just fine with this assortment of fishes. My tank has Amazon Swords and a few caves that they need for breeding. They also like to hang out in the drift wood section as well. They have never bothered the Corys but I have seen them chase off the Rams, normal cichlid behavior. pH is 6.6 and temp is 23C. They seem to like this arrangement. Try these great fish out, in a setup like this or in a species tank, you won't be disappointed.

Contributed by Mike McMichael

I have just got a pair (male/female) of these beautiful little fish less than a week ago. I had to have a LFS special order them for me. Once they come in, the guy and the fish shop also found them to be beautiful little fish and for introducing him to them he in return gave me my pair. They where wild and have stayed in the caves most of the time. The colors on the male are breathtaking and he has got his own little spot in the tank along side a dragon fish. The female is mature so with any luck I'll have more of these little guys and gals. I believe they will be a great addition to anybody's tank for they have been a great one to mine. Their new tank mates are blue rams, Bolivian rams, a school of ruby tetras, 10 zebra dianos, a violet goby and a dinosaur eel. With all the colors in the tank, theirs is the most brilliant in the tank. Even though they are still wild and have only been in the tank for a short time, they have already found their spot in my heart as they have a personality all their own and I'm sure it will grow along with them.

Contributed by Leslie Ferguson

I have a pair of these little darling, I purchased them 2 months ago, and although I have not yet seen them spawn, they have given me hours of entertainment. The male follows me everywhere I go, he sometimes waits at the side of the tank until I come into the room. The female is more shy and stays in the background most of the time. I feed them Brine Shrimp and they live in my 110 L planted tank along with a Blue Ram, 2 Lemon Tetras, a couple of Otos and a SAE.

Contributed by Linda Cassetta

I recently purchesed a pair of these fish for my 120 cm Amazon community tank. They settled in after a few days and fitted in well, apart from showing a bit of aggression to some corys. Two weeks later they had bred in a hole in some bogwood. The female was guarding a group of about 30 fry and moving them from the wood to piles of mulm to feed. The first sign of them breeding was an increase in aggression. Unfortunately I lost these fry due to a lack of live food. I now have a culture of microworm and brine shrimp eggs ready and have a 60 cm tank set aside for a proper breeding project. A fish I would highly recommend.

Contributed by Edward Wibberley

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