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Dwarf Cichlids and Discus make Great Community Fish!
There are so many dwarf cichlids but in particular as it relates to discus fish, Apistograma species and Rams are known to be good neighbors in a discus community tank. Some of the popular Apistos that go nicely with discus are Cockatoo or Apistogramma cacatuoides. Apistogramma cacatuoides goes by a number of nicknames like the Double Full Red Cockatoo Cichlid, Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid or Big Mouth Apistogramma.And regarding Ram cichlids, Bolivian Rams and Blue Rams seem to be among the favorites. These dwarf cichlids are small of course and peaceful which makes them great neighbors.
Apistogramma originates in the streams and backwaters of South America. The Cockatoo apisto should be kept discus with densely planted groupings. They require plenty of open swimming areas but also need hiding places and a fine gravel to sand substrate is recommended. These Apistogramma are also timid and should not be housed with large, aggressive fish. Their water conditions are the same as discus aquariums so this is a perfect fit.
The Bolivian Ram, also nicknamed the Butterfly Ram and the Red Ram, is a social fish that will form pairs and often remains "faithful" to their partners. Bolivian Rams are beautiful fish with golden brown color with reddish highlights on the dorsal and caudal fins and pearly turquoise-blue highlights on the pelvic and anal fins. A black 'spot' is in the center of the body and a black line runs from the top of the eye to the bottom of the head.
The tank should have several dense plant groups and plenty of open swimming space which is the same for the Apistograma. Bolivian Rams also requires a few caves in which to hide in and stones to spawn on. Being a peaceful fish, the Bolivian Ram makes a wonderful addition to the discus community tank, is compatible with other peaceful fish. Discus keepers typically include Bolivian Rams or Blue Rams with their discus aquariums.