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Apistogramma agassizi 'blue'

Discussion in 'Dwarf Cichlids' started by slimbolen99, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. slimbolen99

    slimbolen99 Active Member

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    Like I said before, December is the month for Apisto spawning, I guess.

    Got two wild pairs of Apistogramma agassizi 'blue' about a month ago. The dominant male promptly killed the other male.

    I have the new trio setup in a 75 gallon aquarium with seven neon tetras as dithers. Lots and lots of leaf and driftwood cover, and about 1" of pool filter sand for substrate.

    pH: 6.0 or lower (hopefully)
    Temp: 76*F

    The male had been courting one of the females for quite a while but nothing came of it...until one day about a week ago the female disappeared. Quite disgusted, and assuming the worst, I did a big water change thinking I might stir the corpse up.

    The other day, however, discovered the female guarding about 75 or so tiny free swimming babies. For some reason, I don't have any pics of the male...I'll have to go down and see what I can get.

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  2. slimbolen99

    slimbolen99 Active Member

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    Finally got downstairs and grabbed a few pictures, not very good ones, of the male A. agassizi 'blue'...

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  3. Jonathan Aquari

    Jonathan Aquari Member

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    great pics. I was thinking about buy some, so now I will
  4. slimbolen99

    slimbolen99 Active Member

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    Thanks. I hope folks realize that even the wild type fish are amazing and pretty too. The male still hasn't even grown into colors yet.

    Went downstairs a couple of days ago to do some work, and noticed it was like World War III in this tank. Took a peak, and discovered the second female had apparently spawned, and has free swimmers now as well. Gonna have to go oak leaf collecting today; there's not enough cover in this tank for two female Apistogramma agassizi's!

    Second female Apistogramma agassizi 'blue' with fry:
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    First Apistogramma agassizi 'blue' female with fry (older fry)
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  5. Jonathan Aquari

    Jonathan Aquari Member

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    do you keep them in strait RO or do you mix with tap
  6. Tom C

    Tom C Active Member

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    Nice fish, Slimbolen99!
    But "...even the wild type.."??:eek: In my eyes, domestically bred fish are nothing compared to the wild types:

    A. agassizii Flamenco (Rio Tigre):
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    A. agassizii (Rio Ampiyacu)
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    A. agassizii (Rio Tahuayo)
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    A. agassizii Butterfly (Rio Tamshiyacu)
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    A. agassizii Pastel (Rio Tamshiyacu)
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  7. slimbolen99

    slimbolen99 Active Member

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    Absolutely Tom. I love your site and pictures of all the wild apistos. It is an inspiration. I'm fairly confident that there is not a "domestic" strain fish in my fish room.
  8. slimbolen99

    slimbolen99 Active Member

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    Tap water treated with a pH down buffer, and filtered through peat moss for 48 hours before being added to the tank. No RO or RO/DI.
    pH out of the tap is over 8.0
    pH afterwards is in the neighborhood of 4.5
    TDS = 572
    PPM = 294
    kH = 1*
    gH = 8*
  9. DaRe

    DaRe Member

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  10. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member

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    There is no listing because this is only a color morph of A. agassizii without a collecting location. My species list shows listings for different known populations. Not all of them represent different species.
  11. DaRe

    DaRe Member

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    It's not the first time I've seen the term blue on wild agassizii. Has anyone been able to get some location info of this color variant?
  12. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member

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    This is a color variant. The species is highly polychromatic. Virtually every population of A. agassizii will have some predominantly blue fish. A better question to ask is: does anyone know the location where this specific blue morph of A. agassizii is collected? The answer for now is 'no'.
  13. Gwendal

    Gwendal Member

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    I love agassizii, nice wild pics Tom!





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  14. edwliang

    edwliang Member

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    mike, i want to know how come the spawned female sometimes has one black spot, sometimes two.
  15. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member

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    A. agassizii females (and most other agassizii-complex species) have a reputation for showing 1, 2, or even 1 on one side and 2 on the other side lateral spots. It is just an oddity for these species.
  16. Jcwong

    Jcwong New Member

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    Nice fish!

    Congratulations on breeding them successfully!
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  17. susanamck

    susanamck New Member

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    I recently purchased 2 wild females which we just labeled as wilds, under more investigation and lots of calls to the suppliers my lfs told me they were the blue strain collected from Rio nanay river in Peru. Don't know if this helps the ' where they are from question.


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