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Apistogramma agassizi 'Alequer' pair

Discussion in 'Apistogramma' started by Tindomul, Feb 26, 2019.

  1. Tindomul

    Tindomul New Member

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    Hi,

    I acquired this pair from the Wet Spot a few months ago. At first I could not keep them in the same tank together. The female was beating up on the male relentlessly. So he spent about 3 weeks in his own tank. I tried re-uniting them and it was the same deal again. She was really able to chase him around. So I moved him back to his own tank for another two weeks. Then about 4 days ago I re-introduced him to the tank with a separator to keep her away from him. Over the weekend he figured out how to get through because he was really interested in her. Yesterday I observed lots of mating behavior, and today I actually caught the male and female together in a flower pot I placed in the tank laying their first egg.

    Just wanted to share and ask, when should re-install the separator?

    Thanks.

    C├ęsar

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  2. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    It's hard to say whether or not to remove the male. It really depends on tank size, aquascaping, aggressiveness of each fish. I guess, when in doubt take him out. The problem is that the commotion caused by catching the male might cause the female to eat her spawn.
  3. Tindomul

    Tindomul New Member

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    Good to know. Thanks.
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    Drayden Farci Active Member

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    Congrats on the spawn! I've always had the fortune of females that either work well with their male counterpart or are in a tank large enough to support some aggression, so I cannot comment on when to pull the male. If you are worried about either the male's or female's health, pull him. Otherwise, watch and see.

    My A. uaupesi spawned a few weeks ago and while females are supposed to be very aggressive to their males, the pair were fighting off dithers of Cardinals, Tucanos, and Curimatopsis and showing the spawn around the tank. They were working together even though they do spend a good amount of time fighting with each other.
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    Tindomul New Member

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    Hi,

    Thanks all. I observed the next day after this post I observed that the male was hiding inside one of the plant pots. The female was guarding her eggs inside an overturned empty plant pot. So I decided to re-install the separator. Afterwards I saw the male was still in one piece but it took him several hours to feel relaxed enough to come out of that pot. This morning she is still guarding those eggs. I would say over 30 eggs at least, attached to the "ceiling" of that plant pot.

    Mike Wise,

    Thank you for the tib-bit about the female getting nervous enough to eat the fry. Two months ago I had successfully bred A. agassizi 'Fire Red' and the female was doing a great job taking care of the fry for a few weeks. Then I noticed fewer fry after every time I did a water change. Finally I had only 1 left and put it in a breeding cage in the same tank. I still have it and is half the size of an adult female now. I couldn't figure out why the fry were disappearing.
  6. Steve Rich

    Steve Rich New Member

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    Yea parental fish mentality is often "if danger is coming that threatens my eggs, I might as well eat them myself and get the nutrition back as oppose to something else eating them". So you have to make sure they feel safe.