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Franc

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Hi

I am new to this site and to apistos. Had a few tanks with different rasboras, whiteclouds, also shrimp tank and 4 Newts. Recently I've bought couple apistogramma cacatuoides (I have been wanting the for a while) and i think they are already in love. I have them in planted aquarium with lots of structure, caves, wood and plants. I hope i will get them to spawn, and plan to learn a lot more from all of you here.
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Franc
 
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dw1305

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Hi all,
Welcome Franc,
..... i think they are already in love. I have them in planted aquarium with lots of structure, caves, wood and plants. I hope i will get them to spawn, and plan to learn a lot more from all of you here.....
Good looking fish. She actually looks like she may already have spawned.

Apistogramma cacatuoides
can spawn successfully in quite hard water, so I think fry are likely to appear quite soon. Do you have some small live food? You need something that moves to provoke the feeding response in the fry.

I'd still add some more structure. <"Moss"> and <"Structural leaf litter"> are really good, and provide a source of fry food.

I've used Oak (Quercus robur), Beech (Fagus sylvatica), Camellia (Camellia x williamsii), Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) and Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica). You can buy Indian Almond (Terminalia catappa) and Magnolia leaves (sold for Dart Frogs), but I've always collected my own.

Have a look at <"All the leaves are brown"> and the <"Tannin:aquatics blog">.

cheers Darrel
 

Franc

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Hi Darrel,
Yes she's intense in yellow colour. I have kattapa leaves and will put them in, now i have few cones from black alder. Do you prepare the collected leaves before putting them in the tank, Ive heard that they can be put into oven for short time, before dropping them into water. I've also bought some coconut shells to put them around. But female is digging her own cave, like a little buldozer.
I am feeding them with differrent frozen foods, and 2-3 times per week with hatched artemias. Should i offer them artemias (every day) for fry or other live food?

Thank you
BR Franc
 

dw1305

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Hi all,
Yes she's intense in yellow colour. I have kattapa leaves and will put them in, now i have few cones from black alder.
I like <"Alder cones"> as well, I can see the one in the front of your tank.
Do you prepare the collected leaves before putting them in the tank, Ive heard that they can be put into oven for short time, before dropping them into water.
I give them a rinse under the tap if they are dusty, otherwise I just put them straight in.
I've also bought some coconut shells to put them around. But female is digging her own cave, like a little buldozer.
They are quite happy to dig in sand, and will attempt some "building work" if the cave entrance is too big.

Have a look at <"Ideal spawning cave">.
I am feeding them with differrent frozen foods, and 2-3 times per week with hatched artemias. Should i offer them artemias (every day) for fry or other live food?
Perfect, every day once the female has brought the fry out.

If you want a lower cost alternative to Artemisia (BBS) to feed on some days you can use on of the "Micro-worm" group of nematodes. It doesn't matter which one, but I've found the <"Banana worms"> (Panagrellus nepenthicola) are the easiest to culture. <"I use rolled oats"> as the culture medium.

cheers Darrel
 

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