Male Apistogramma Cacatuoides Orange Flash

What Is The Best Apistogramma For Beginners?

If you want to start keeping Apistogramma dwarf cichlids and you're asking Which apistogramma species should I get for my first Apistogramma? Then I would suggest starting with Apistogramma Cacatouids.

Read on to understand why.

Commonly Available Apistogramma Species

If you are just starting out with keeping Apistogrammas I suggest starting with one of the more commonly available species. This is for a few reasons:

The following species are generally commonly available: Cacatouids, Agassizii, Macmasteri, Trifasciata, Borelli.

Left: Male Apistogramma Cacatuoides Super Red    Right: Male Apistogramma Cacatuoides Orange Flash
Left: Male Apistogramma Cacatuoides Super Red Right: Male Apistogramma Cacatuoides Orange Flash

Apistogramma Size

Some apistogramma spicies such as borilli are quite small, which in itself is not a problem but if you have a community tank a larger Apistograma like Cacatouids or Agassizii may allow for a wider range of tank mates.

Slightly larger fish will hold their ground a bit better and be less likely to be out competed for food.

Apistogramma Compatibility

Generally speaking Apistogramma dwarf cichlids are quite peaceful fish except for when they are breeding.

This makes them very compatible with other peaceful fish who have similar water parameter requirements.

For example Apistogrammas can be happily kept in community tanks with Tetras, Angle Fish, Plecos, Corydoras Catfish and many more!

What Is The Easiest Apistogramma To Keep?

I would recommend Apistogramma Cacatouids as the easiest Apistogramma to keep. They are commonly available, domestically bread and more robust to varying water parameters.

They are usually reasonably priced and are also very compatible with other peaceful fish meaning they are suitable for community aquariums.