How do you take care of dwarf cichlids?
A pH between 7.0 and 7.5 and alkalinity below 5° dKH is recommended for captive bred fish. Temperature should be between 78° and 84° F. If your tap water is hard or has a pH greater than 7.5, use reverse osmosis or deionized water with Kent Marine® R/O Right or Liquid R/O Right added.
Are dwarf cichlids hard to keep?
Dwarf Cichlids are the easiest of the Cichlids species to breed. With a few adjustments in the tank conditions, everything will be fine. In the wild, they typically breed in secluded areas like caves or crevices. Their eggs are laid on a hard, flat surface as well.
Can Apistogramma be kept with cichlids?
Behavior & Temperament Usually, Cichlids are seen as big aggressors in the fish community. Luckily, Apistogramma don’t really fit with that profile. We would categorize them as semi-aggressive. They can be kept in tanks with other fish, but you need to plan the habitat accordingly.
What do dwarf cichlids like in their tank?
Aquarium Substrate Most dwarf cichlids live in environments where the substrate is mostly mud or sand, and many species enjoy sifting through the sand in search of scraps of food. Sand is easy to keep clean with an aquarium vacuum. However, it’s important not to make the substrate layer too deep.
Does Apistogramma need soft water?
The majority of Apistogramma spp. are characterized by their absolute need for very soft and relatively acidic water for proper development. Achieving such parameters can be somewhat difficult for the average hobbyist, however, especially when their tap water is hard.
Can dwarf cichlids be kept alone?
While the African dwarf cichlid species are good community fish, the South American dwarf cichlids usually prefer being kept alone in their tank.
How do you keep Apistogramma?
They do require a tank of about 20 gallons or larger. They’re best for a neutral pH water and don’t really require a low pH. The water should be between 72 and 86 degrees. They do prefer planted groupings in the tank, too.
Can Apistogramma be kept alone?
Can apistogrammas be kept alone? They can, but will not thrive. For the apistogrammas to be happy, it needs suitable tank mates, and males should ideally have multiple female apistogrammas around.
Can I keep a single apistogramma in a community tank?
New Member. That is just fine. I keep some of my males in solo tanks until I am ready to try breeding them with a female. The only disadvantage I can see is that they are really fun to watch when there is a female in the tank.