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Nijsseni and Panduro

Levin Tilghman

New Member
5 Year Member
The Latin names are somewhat confusing, since the common name for A. nijsseni is the Panda dwarf cichlid. I've seen both of species misidentified. Yet they seem very similar. Do they hybridize readily? What is the easiest way to tell them apart?

Jonathan Aquair

5 Year Member
when you look at them, they should be easily told apart. Panduro is a more vibrant blue, and P. has red rather than the nijssenis' orange. A big tell is the shape of the tail accent; Nijsseni have a triangular accent and Panduro has a round trace.