All cichlids, along with some saltwater fish such as wrasses and parrotfish, share a common trait of a a well-developed pharyngeal set of teeth located in the throat, along with their regular teeth.Cichlids have spiny rays in the back parts of the anal, dorsal, pectoral, and pelvic fins to help discourage predators.The tail fin presents a progression of colors beginning with yellow, turning to a blue, then black, and ending with a red edging of the fin.
It does well in acidic water, needs the nitrate levels low, and the p H level must be kept within the correct parameters.
A wild Panda Dwarf Cichlid is more sensitive than a tank bred specimen and breeding wild caught specimens with captive bred helps to keep the lines healthier and the fish more hardy.
Also known as Nijssen's Dwarf Cichlid, these fish were only described as recently as 1979 by Kullander and have quickly become a welcome and popular addition to many community tanks!
One notable feature of this fish is how differently colored and patterned the males are compared to the females.
The best tankmates for the Panda Dwarf will be peaceful fish around the same size, or slightly smaller, who tend to stick to swimming towards the top of the tank.