Practical Information About Keeping, Breeding and Buying Dwarf Cichlids
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Apistogramma and Dwarf Cichlids in the AquariumFew aquarium fish inspire more passion than Apistogrammas and other dwarf cichlids. Apistogrammas are the most popular dwarf cichlids but all are great aquarium fish that come in a rainbow of colors, exhibit fascinating behavior and can usually be kept in a community aquarium.
There is no strict definition of what a dwarf cichlid is but there are a number of fishes that are commonly considered dwarfs. These are the dwarf cichlids like Apistogramma that are found in South America and West Africa.
South American dwarf cichlids include Apistogramma, Apistogrammoides, Biotoecus, Crenicara, Dicrossus, Laetacara, Nannacara, Microgeophagus and Taeniacara. There are more species of Apistogrammas than the others combined but the Blue Ram cichlid, Microgeophagus ramerizi, is not only the most popular and widely kept dwarf cichlid but an all time favorite among all tropical fish.
Pelvicachromis and Nanochromis are the two most popular West African Dwarf Cichlids. The different Pelvicachromis species are generally more available than the Nanochromis.The ever popular krib or kribensis, Pelvicachromis pulcher, has long been a popular tropical fish and cichlid lovers have kept them in their aquariums for many years. If you have never kept dwarf cichlids Kribs are a great first choice.
The information in keeping and breeding Apistogrammas and other dwarf cichlids includes sections on foods & feeding, aquarium set up, aquarium maintenance, aquarium plants, fish health and much more.
One of the biggest problems with Apistogrammas and other dwarf cichlids is finding them! Check out our Buying Fish section for information on where to find these exotic tropical fish.
You can find a lot of information about Rams, Kribs, Apistogrammas and other dwarf cichlids on the Internet. However, I strongly recommend that you purchase one or more of the books available. Visit our book reviews to learn about the books that are available.
Apistogramma cacatuoides male
Finally, several times a month I get a smile when I check my mail and discover a new issue of one of my favorite aquarium magazines has arrived. Reading these great magazines each month helps to keep me energized and inspired. If you want to enjoy your hobby more I strongly recommend subscribing to one of the excellent publications available. You can read my thoughts about them in our magazine reviews. Most of the magazines have Apistogramma articles at times and general dwarf cichlid information is frequently presented.
Take some time to explore our site. We hope to be your source for quality information about all aspects of enjoying Apistogramma and other dwarf cichlids in your own aquarium. If you have any questions, comments or criticisms please Contact Me
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