Product Details


1cm - 7cm

Care Level




Water Conditions

The Apistogramma cacatuoides 'Red,' commonly known as the Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid or Red Cockatoo Cichlid, is a vibrant and attractive freshwater fish species popular among aquarium enthusiasts. Known for its dazzling colors and interesting behavior, the 'Red' variant is a selectively bred form of the Apistogramma cacatuoides. Here are the key features and care requirements for Apistogramma cacatuoides 'Red':

Key Features:

  • Coloration: The 'Red' variant is characterized by its vibrant and striking red coloration, enhancing its visual appeal. Males often exhibit more intense colors, especially during the breeding season.
  • Caudal Fin Extensions: Both males and females may have caudal fin extensions, resembling the feathers of a cockatoo, contributing to their common name.


  • Adult Apistogramma cacatuoides 'Red' typically reaches a size of around 3 inches (7.5 centimeters).

Water Conditions:

  • Temperature: Maintain a tropical environment with temperatures between 72°F to 82°F (22°C to 28°C).
  • pH Levels: Aim for slightly acidic to neutral water conditions, ideally between 6.0 to 7.0.
  • Water Hardness: Keep water hardness in the soft to medium range, around 5 to 15 dGH.

Tank Setup:

  • Aquarium Size: A tank of at least 20 gallons is suitable for a pair or a small group of Apistogramma cacatuoides 'Red.'
  • Decoration: Provide hiding spots with the use of caves, driftwood, and live plants. These cichlids appreciate a well-decorated tank.
  • Substrate: Use a soft substrate like sand to mimic their natural habitat.

Tank Mates:

  • Apistogramma cacatuoides 'Red' is generally peaceful but can be territorial, especially during breeding.
  • Compatible tank mates include other peaceful fish that prefer similar water conditions, such as small tetras, rasboras, and other non-aggressive species.

Feeding Habits:

  • These cichlids are omnivores. Offer a varied diet that includes high-quality flakes, pellets, and supplement with live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp, daphnia, and bloodworms.

Care and Maintenance:

  • Regular water changes are essential to maintain water quality.
  • Ensure proper filtration and provide a well-maintained environment for optimal health.

Breeding Behavior:

  • Apistogramma cacatuoides 'Red' is known for its interesting breeding behavior.
  • Males may display vibrant colors and engage in courtship rituals. Provide suitable hiding spots for the female to lay eggs.

Color Variations:

  • The 'Red' variant specifically showcases a brilliant red coloration, enhancing the overall beauty of this Apistogramma cacatuoides variant.

Apistogramma Cacatuoides 'Red'

SGD 20.00


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