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  1. Mike Wise

    Maybe A.macmasteri?

    My guess is that it is some species in the macmasteri-group, but it appears rather slender in the photo. Is this her actual shape?
  2. Mike Wise

    Choosing my first Apistos!

    How small is your small tank? I do not recommend breeding pairs/trios in a community tank situation. A female with a brood of young can cause problems. it would be better, if the large tank is intended to be a community, to keep only males that are of different species, different body shapes and...
  3. Mike Wise

    Male or Female Apistogramma Macmasterii?

    As long as the rocks are not carbonate-baring rocks like limestone, dolomite or marble they should be OK.
  4. Mike Wise

    German Blue Ram Sexing

    My guess is that it is a male. The camera/post processing has oversaturated the chroma so it is hard to see the humeral spot.
  5. Mike Wise

    A. borelli + red cherry shrimp (neocaridina)?

    Pairs (male/female) of apistos are not ideal community tank members in smaller tanks if/when they breed. They are, after all, cichlids.
  6. Mike Wise

    Help in identification and sexing

    I looks like one of the many forms of A. cf. pertensis. The nose is strange, probably deformed, like the Felsen form of A. uaupesi in Römer's CA1.
  7. Mike Wise

    Dead male :(

    Sadly, sometimes fish die with no apparent reason. Without a necropsy immediately after death occurs it is impossible to say what the cause was. If/when you decide to replace the male (after the juveniles are old enough to remove first) it is best to quarantine the fish for several weeks before...
  8. Mike Wise

    Got my first agasizzii, how do I sex them?

    A. agassizii is easy to sex when mature. Males have a spade-shaped caudal, females a round caudal. Of the 3 photos the first 2 appear to be that of a female. The third I cannot make a guess. In addition, it shows strange abdominal stripes that are uncharacteristic of A. agassizii.
  9. Mike Wise

    New ortegai

    Looks like 91 to me.
  10. Mike Wise

    New ortegai

    A 91 is the holotype species of A. ortegai. The others are different species visually and genetically.
  11. Mike Wise

    Cacatuoides with Zebra loaches?

    Plecos have a habit of entering breeding caves at night and disturbing brooding females, in not actually eating eggs/larvae. If you are having success breeding apistos with plecos it is because the tank is large enough and laid out so they do not interact with each other very much.
  12. Mike Wise

    Cacatuoides with Zebra loaches?

    Probably not. Breeding apistos do not want other bottom-dwelling fish invading their breeding territory. In so many words, a community tank is not a breeding tank.
  13. Mike Wise

    Extremely Aggressive Apistogramma Cauc.

    For community tanks you need to get rid of breeding, i.e. remove either the males or females. A 55 should easily handle 2 males, although I prefer them to be 2 different species with different body/fin shapes. Do not keep all 4 in a small tank. You can see what happened in your larger tank. A 10...
  14. Mike Wise

    Apisto Borreli Opal had fry. What do I do?

    I suggest you look at a Hagen Marina hag on holding/breeder box: http://usa.hagen.com/Aquatic/Misc.-Accessories/Breeders--Salt--Silicone/10943. If you decide to get one just make sure the outflow grid is small enough to keep the fry in.
  15. Mike Wise

    A Description of Apistogramma Species-Groups by Mike Wise (2020)

    This was really a joint effort between TomC, Frank and me. It would not be as comprehensive without Tom - and especially Frank - goading me with questions that made me really think hard about the why's and wherefore's. This effort took over 2 years and included 550+ emails totaling over 700 MB...
  16. Mike Wise

    Extremely Aggressive Apistogramma Cauc.

    You have a territorial male who has staked out his breeding territory that includes 2 females; typical for polygamous apisto males. His territory? The entire tank. As I repeatedly state: a community tank is not a breeding tank. Your best bet is first save the subdominant male by removing him...
  17. Mike Wise

    How do Wean fry off live bbs?

    Try mixing BBS with dry food. Over a month slowly reduce the quantity of BBS. I found the only dry food that my apistos take eagerly is Bug Bites pellets. Have you tried this product? You will need to grind it finer for fry.
  18. Mike Wise

    Apistogramma borelli - Pair doesn't like each other

    A. borellii, like most other regani-lineage species, is what I call 'casually polygamous'. If there is more than 1 female and no other males that threaten his territory then a male will breed with several females. If there is only 1 female, and no reasons to protect his territory from other...
  19. Mike Wise

    Water Changes

    For me it depends on the tank. For those tanks that do not need special water values I use mixed hot/cold tap water. I just run a hose from the faucet to the tank, add dechlorinator to the tank and run water straight from the tap. For those that require soft or blackwater conditions I have tanks...
  20. Mike Wise

    Female Apistogramma Pandura - mouth always open

    This condition is not uncommon in apistos. The jaw locks open. Trying to physically unlock the jaw almost always results in a broken jaw. Your best option is to let her try to unlock it herself. In this condition the fish is unable to feed itself and most slowly starve. If you see this happen it...
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