- Scientific name: Apistogramma nijsseni
- Common name: Panda dwarf cichlid, Nijsseni's dwarf cichlid
- Group: Cichlids
- Habitat: South America; Peru
- Size: Male: 8 cm, female: 5-6 cm
- Biotope: Its distribution seems to be limited to a relatively small region in the vicinity of Jenaro Herrera, where interestingly, it seems that several fish species are endemic.
- Social behavior: Peaceful, territorial dwarf cichlid, which only feels at home in a well planted aquarium. The social behavior is similar to other Apisogramma species.
- Diet: Carnivorous, live food. cyclops, water fleas and mosquito larvae
- Breeding: Quite hard
- Tank: Minimum 80 litres.
- Population: 1 pair for 80 litres
- Decoration: Needs a sufficently planted tank with a dark fine-grained bottom. Provide hiding places with bodwood roots, coconut shells. Acid soft water (pH 5,5; hardness less than 5° dGh) seems to be necessary for maintenance.
- Temperature: 24-27 °C
- pH: 4,5-7,5.
- Hardness: 0-8 NK°
- Lifespan: 3-5 years
Description: Male has a beautiful blue sheen, a slightly lanceolate tail fin with reddish fringle and is larger than the female. The female has an unusual black and yellow coloration. The body background is yellow through the center of the body and the caudal peduncle has a board black band. The entire opercular region, the anterior part of the dorsal fin, and the vental fins are also tar black. These Dwarf Cichlids are best kept in either a male/female pair or one male with several females. More than one male may fight over territory. The Panda Dwarf Cichlid is a rewarding specimen for the more experienced aquarist. It can be moderate to difficult to care for since water changes must be performed frequently.
One of the more difficult Apistogramma's to breed. Extremely soft and acidic water, low in bacteria, should be provided. Apistogramma nijsseni (Nijsseni's Dwarf Cichlid) spawns in a cave or on a root. The female lays up to 60 eggs, and tends to the care of the eggs and fry. The fry are sensitive, frequent small waterchanges should be conducted. The fry will immediately accept artemia nauplii at the free swimming stage.
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