The Panda Dwarf Cichlid Apistogramma nijsseni (named after the female’s presentation of black blotches) is one of the newer arrivals to the fish keeping hobby and as a scientifically recognized species. Also known as Nijssen’s Dwarf Cichlid.
One notable feature of this fish is how differently colored and patterned the males are compared to the females. This is notable mostly because it is only the females of this species who sport the eponymous ‘panda bear’ patterning, while the males display a broad array of colors. In addition, these cichlids are known for being excellent parents and one of the easier species of cichlids to breed. These interesting features coupled with their small size and peaceful nature make them a great choice for an advanced aquarist looking to keep a smaller community tank.
- Species – Apistogramma nijsseni
- Common Name – Panda Apisto
- Origin – South America
- Diet – Carnivore
- PH Range – 6 -7
- Temperature – Tropical 22-29°c
- Breed Type – Egg Layer
- Max Size – approximately 7.5cm
- Sex – Un-sexed