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A agassizi Blue

Discussion in 'Beginners Corner' started by Ghostfeather, May 7, 2013.

  1. Ghostfeather

    Ghostfeather New Member

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    Hi,
    I have a 50 gal. tank that has been running for 2 years,it is a community tank,I am going to use it for Dwarf Chiclids.
    It is heavily planted, I will have to rearrange some things to set it up for the Dwarf Chiclids.
    Would it be possible to keep 2 pair of A agassizi Blue in it?
    If (I don't know what happened to my font!!) decide to go with the Double Red,or Red,would it be okay to mix them?
    Would 3 pair work in a tank that size?
    Are Plecos safe to keep with,Bushy Nose?
    Since I breed Show Bettas,I have a lot of Al to add to the tank also.
    Sorry for all the questions!
    Bill
  2. slimbolen99

    slimbolen99 Active Member

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    I've never had much luck at keeping more than one pair or M/F/F trio of any variety of 'agassizi' in a tank 48" x 18" footprint, and that is with a LOT of cover. I don't know why, but they just seem to be more overly aggressive for me. I think you could try two pair of the blue agassizis if your 50 gal is a 48" x 18" footprint or larger, but wouldn't be surprised if you lost a male and/or female.

    Plecos will eat apisto eggs / fry; they are one of the worst fish to keep in an apisto tank if you are wanting to breed apistos. Generally, however, they will not harm the adults; BUT, they will quarrel over the same territories, as plecos typically like caves on the bottom strata, just like apistos.

    Hope that helps and good luck!
  3. Ghostfeather

    Ghostfeather New Member

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    Thank you for the reply.
    Plecos are out-how about Corys?
    I am in the process of doing a really good cleaning,the tank is well cycled,I will get water readings posted in a couple of days.
    Nitrates are the only thing that might be a bit high,but I can correct that.
    Since I use AL in my Betta tanks,my water is real soft,in fact I just made 6 litters of my own extract.
    Thanks in advance!!
  4. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member

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    Corys are not a good fish in a breeding tank. A community tank is not a breeding tank. Let's face it, do you keep other fish in the tanks where you breed your Bettas? You will be much more successful if you only kept a breeding trio or quartet (1 m; 3 f) + some top dwelling dither fish like pencilfish or hatchetfish. Forget adding bottom dwells, although Otocinclus are OK for spot algae cleaning
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  5. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member

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    Corys are not a good fish in a breeding tank. A community tank is not a breeding tank. Let's face it, do you keep other fish in the tanks where you breed your Bettas? You will be much more successful if you only kept a breeding trio or quartet (1 m; 3 f) + some top dwelling dither fish like pencilfish or hatchetfish. Forget adding bottom dwells, although Otocinclus are OK for spot algae cleaning

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