This dwarf cichlid from Brazil is a very pretty species. Currently we have charming wild collected specimens in a good number in stock. Principically speaking Taeniacara – there is only one known species, T. candidi – is a very elongated Apistogramma. So the aquarium biology is quite comparable in both genera. That means the fish need fine sand as bottom (at least in a part of the aquarium) and that the dwarf cichlids need caves or comparable places to spawn. The female alone is responsible to take care for eggs and freshly hatched youngsters.
However, there are also several very special and unique elements in the behaviour of Taeniacara candidi which led some dwarf cichlid enthusiasts to the opinion that T. candidi is the most interesting species of Southamerican dwarf cichlids at all. The specimens we currently have imported are still small, so we add some picts of fully grown specimens from our picture archieves to this post.
For our customers: the fish have code 687912 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer