The Cockatoo Cichlid is a tropical, freshwater cichlid from the Amazon River. They are also known as the big mouth cichlid because of its large mouth. It comes in many different color variations of reds and oranges. It has a grayish body, a black line mid-way through it, and colorful red/orange fins.
In the wild they come from streams and backwaters of the Amazon River. The waters are slow moving and murky. Cockatoo Cichlids prefer soft, slightly acidic water. As an adult they will reach about 2 – 3.5 inches in length.
When setting up an aquarium for the Cockatoo Cichlid please keep a few things in mind. They should have plenty of hiding spots such as plants and caves. Use a dark substrate so their colors are more vibrant. They also like driftwood and plants that have roots above the substrate. Leave a comment with your cichlid experience!
Cockatoo Cichlid Care
Scientific Name: Apistogramma cacatuoides
Common Names: Cockatoo Cichlid.
Beginner Fish: No, care level is medium.
Tank Size: At least 20 gallons for each pair.
Water Temperature: 79°F-84°F
Natural Habitat: Streams of the Amazon River.
Lifespan: 3-5 years.
Behavior: They are peaceful Cichlids, except during breeding.
Feeding: Feed flakes, frozen, freeze dried and pellets.
Tank Region: Bottom to middle areas of the tank.
Gender: Males are more colorful and have pointed anal and dorsal fins.