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    jacian's diary of keeping Apistogramma

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    Decided to get my hands to the apisto again. I got myself a 3-tier 2ft rack for the apisto. My plan is to keep it simple, nothing fantasy and do it slowly.
    Currently only the middle tier is occupied by a 2ft tank, partitioned into 3. Depending on how things go, I may add another such tank or 2 1-ft cubes for the top and bottom tier.

    I got my first pair of apisto, agassizii flamenco from NKS in Jan. Sad to say that one turns out to be a sneaker male.

    Acquired 2 agassizii female from C328 in Feb, not sure exactly what agassizii is it.

    Below is tank that house the 2 breeding pairs.


    Tank : Customised 2ft tank from NA
    Substrate : ADA Africana
    Filtration : Sponge filter
    PH : 5.5
    WC : 50% weekly, direct from tap with Nutafin Aquaplus
    Food : Tetrabit complete.

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    first spawn

    7 Mar : back from oversea trip and found that one of the pair had spawned. The fries are already in wriggler stage. The female is quite aggressive towards the male and I decided to remove the male from the tank.

    Below is the female guarding the fries.


    A close-up of the female

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    10 Mar : the first day the mother bring the fries out for a swim


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    Nice female you got.. She is damn yellowish. You will have a successful spawn for this unknown agassizii. Any picture for the male?

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    little surprise

    11 Mar : Found that the other pair has spawned as well. The mother must be very good in hiding the fries as the fries are already free swimming when I discovered them.

    Free swimming fries


    Swimming toward their mum


    Bought the Artemia Hatchery Dish and start hatching bbs for the fries.

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    Interested to add more species
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    the male

    Quote Originally Posted by yaya View Post
    Nice female you got.. She is damn yellowish. You will have a successful spawn for this unknown agassizii. Any picture for the male?
    Below is the picture for the male,



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    If the female locality is unknown then it will interesting to see what they'll grow up to be.
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    Most likely the female A agassizii come from farms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacian View Post
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    A close-up of the female
    Jacian, I am curious. This female looks different from the other female you have. The other one has a solid black middle bar running from the eye to the tail end, whereas this female has a black dot in the middle of the body instead of the black bar.

    From this link it seems your female with the dot is close to the Rio Madeira population:
    http://www.thekrib.com/Apisto/A-agassizii.html

    That said, your male is beautiful, and congrats on twin spawns.

    By the way, what is the dimension of the tank? As in the partition size. I would like to know because I may order something like this later on. A rough cost estimate would be great too. If it's not comfortable to say on the forum, PM me the details.
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    I do not think one is able to differentiate the female locality by looking at it. The same female does display a solid black middle bar at times.

    The tank size is 60cm x 30 cm x 35 cm(h) equally divided into 3.

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    Wow, that works out to about only 4 gallons of water for each pair with water 80% filled. I am inspired to keep a pair of this wonderful fishes in my small tank. Good work bro, keep the pictures coming.

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    4 gallons a pair...does that mean my 25cm cube is actually suitable for an apisto pair too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by illumnae View Post
    4 gallons a pair...does that mean my 25cm cube is actually suitable for an apisto pair too?
    Well....no one actually says that it cannot be done...I think some of the members over here have proven that it can be done.

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    haha when i enquired some time last year i think i vaguely remember being told it's too small ok now to seriously consider whether to get an apisto pair for that tank or to stick with wild bettas!

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    Wont it be very small after dividing into 3 portions?
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    Yes, the partition is pretty small, about 4-5 gallon each. My initial plan is to use 5-plan M size tank, which is also about 5 gallon. However, as I am not able to squeeze 3 such tanks into a single tier, I drop the idea.

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    Hi may i ask how you partitioned the tank, as in you siliconed the partitons to the tank walls?

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    It is customized. Yes, the partitions are siliconed to the tank wall.

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    It is not small at all, i have the same setup too. Don't worry, apistos can still spawn.
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