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Apistogramma cues and biotope management

locuus

New Member
I have a pair of Apistogramma agassizii 'double red' currently in an 18" cube with 3 corydoras and 3 otocinclus. Their cave is a smallish piece of driftwood that has a couple of entrances, one of which only the female can enter/dwell. I've observed their interactions for about a month now, and want to know if firstly there is a primer that details behavior and mating rituals? Since the introduction of the otocinclus the female has become less aggressive in defending her territory, and the tank calmed a bit which I found interesting. The relationship between the pair I want to understand better. I've seen cycles of each chasing each other, and what seems to be mating rituals, but I am still unsure of the simple readable cues.
Secondly, I'm thinking of making a biotope for them. How often would I need to move fry on? How many could I sustain in a 3ft?
Thanks in advance
 

Mike Wise

Moderator
Staff member
5 Year Member
Almost any book about dwarf cichlids will give an overview of apisto behavior. The best I've seen is in Ingo Koslowski's 2002 book; very detailed and based on watching hours of video footage over months. Sadly the book is out of print and was only published in German, although I can provide an English translation for anyone who owns the book. Have you reviewed this forum? There is a lot of experience in its members. One thing you will discover is that pairs of apistos, when they want to breed, do not want other bottom-dwelling fish in their breeding territory. In your case almost all of the tank.

Biotopes for apistos would not look appealing for most species. I have collected species in the Amazon and it is not 'aquarium beautiful'. Still, a nicely decorated tank can make for an impressive show tank that apistos will appreciate.

As for growing out fry, It often takes 4 - 9 month for apistos to be sexible and saleable. How many fry a 3 ft. tank can handle depends on how much work you put into feeding and keeping it clean.
 

anewbie

Member
Is there a good source for this book? Amazon has it but it is nearly 400$ used for vol 2; vol 1 is unavailable.

Almost any book about dwarf cichlids will give an overview of apisto behavior. The best I've seen is in Ingo Koslowski's 2002 book; very detailed and based on watching hours of video footage over months. Sadly the book is out of print and was only published in German, although I can provide an English translation for anyone who owns the book. Have you reviewed this forum? There is a lot of experience in its members. One thing you will discover is that pairs of apistos, when they want to breed, do not want other bottom-dwelling fish in their breeding territory. In your case almost all of the tank.

Biotopes for apistos would not look appealing for most species. I have collected species in the Amazon and it is not 'aquarium beautiful'. Still, a nicely decorated tank can make for an impressive show tank that apistos will appreciate.

As for growing out fry, It often takes 4 - 9 month for apistos to be sexible and saleable. How many fry a 3 ft. tank can handle depends on how much work you put into feeding and keeping it clean.
 

Ben Rhau

Member
I just got a copy from abebooks. There is at least one other european seller out there (I think Netherlands). If you’re in the states, will probably run you around $100 after shipping.
 
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