Hey guys, i saw these guys not to longer at a store and was fascinated by them, but i dont know anything about them. Could you guys give me everything i need to know about them. I plan on having other fish in with them, in a 37 gallon or 55 gallon tank
Check out this site: Apistogramma and Dwarf Cichlids in Aquarium You can check out each individual species on the left side of the page.
I have a double red dwarf cockatoo (cacatuoides), bolivian ram (Microgeophagus altispinosa) and a blue ram (Microgeophagus ramirezi). It probably will depend which ones are available in your area. The rams are available at pretty much every fish store around here but we had to search a little more for the cockatoo.
"Dwarf cichlid" is an ill-defined term. It supposedly means any small cichlid, with certain exclusions such as the dwarf shelldwellers.
In general, though, "dwarf cichlids" includes fish such as the various rams and apistogramma as well as things like kribensis and nannacara.
Most of these make pretty good community fish, although they might try to eat very small fish. I know my male krib tried to eat an adult male guppy (and ended up fatally wounding him). Many dwarf cichlids are very easy to breed so if you get more than one, be careful as a breeding pair of dwarf cichlids can be quite aggressive. Also, cichlids have something of a "sixth sense" about knowing which other fish are cichlids. For example, my ram did not get along with my kribs but neither fish pays any attention to fish like cories, danios, even dwarf-cichlid like fish like badis badis that aren't actually cichlids (although there are exceptions to this - one of my dwarf gouramis hated my female kribensis, for some reason). So, to put it another way, having multiple dwarf cichlids in the same tank can be problematic as it could a) cause fighting between them or b) breeding, which could make them hostile to your other fish. If you want more than one in the same tank, just be careful about choosing the sexes and be sure you have plenty of decor to provide them with hiding places and territories.
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