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Apistogramma cacatuoides

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Apistogramma cacatuoides is a species of South American cichlid fish usually known under the common name cockatoo dwarf cichlid. Contrary to many other Apistogramma species, A. Cacatuoides is not threatened by extinction, as its widely bread in captivity for the aquarium trade.

The male Cockatoo dwarf cichlid reaches a body length of 8 centimetres. The female is considerably smaller and reaches only 5 centimetres, The female also lacks the elongated fins of the male. The body shape is long and of middle height. The mouth is rather big with thick lips. [1].

The cockatoo dwarf cichlid is found in the Amazon River basin, in tributaries of the Ucayali, Amazon and Solimôes rivers from the Pachitea River to Tabatinga in Peru and Colombia where it lives in small shallow streams or lagoon-like waters in the rain forest. The fish prefer e temperature between 24 and 28 °C. The bottom of these waters is covered with leaves that are used by the fish for hiding.

The female places her eggs inside the roof of a cavity or underneath a leaf. She takes care of the eggs and alone, while the male guards the territory.