Panda Apisto Cichlid
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Scientific Name: Apistogramma nijsseni
Origin: Farm raised; species originally from Lake Malawi
- Care Level: Easy
- Temperament: Semi-aggressive
- Lifespan: 10-12 years
- Water Conditions: 76-82° F, KH 10-15, pH 7.8-8.6
- Maximum Size: 3"
- Diet: Carnivore
- Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
Panda Apisto Cichlids are African, originating in Lake Malawi.
They will do well with other cichlids that are not very aggressive, being a more docile genus. They should be kept on sand or a fine gravel and have plenty of rockwork for them to establish territories. Males will not usually be aggressive towards other males unless their territory is invaded, or if they are a dominant male.
They are relatively easy to breed and will spawn readily.* For best results, provide multiple females for one male to disperse any breeding aggression and amorous behavior. The females are mouthbrooders and will incubate the eggs for three weeks and then release the fry. Small live brine shrimp and high quality fry preparations will be ideal for their growth, while adults should be fed meaty live and frozen foods as well as pellet and flake foods with plenty of protein. High quality foods will enhance their coloration.
* = Aulonocara cichlids will hybridize with each other. If you want to avoid hybridization, it is best to only keep one species or type per tank.