Apistogramma cacatuoides is one of the most popular Apistogramma species. Wild populations have subtle blue and yellow colors with a few orange spots on the caudal fin, but captive strains have been selected for the orange spots, resulting in the Double Red and many other varieties. Males are larger and have more color, as well as longer and more elaborate fins. Females will turn bright yellow with black fins when in breeding dress. Apistogramma cacatuoides is a larger species of Apistogramma and will work well as a pair in a 20 gallon tank. A sandy substrate is necessary due to their earth-eating habits. The tank should be furnished with several caves or nooks to protect and spawn in. Cichlid caves, overturned flower pots, and leaf litter work well.
Breeding is achieved by feeding live baby brine shrimp to an adult pair and providing a proper tank setup. Fry are guarded by one or both parents for several weeks. Dither fish such as small tetras and livebearers can be used to provide parents with targets to chase.
Scientific Name: Apistogramma cacatuoides
Common Name: Double Red
Max Size: 2.5"
Region of Origin: South America
Captive Bred or Wild: Captive Bred