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New Apistogramma Agassizii pair

Discussion in 'Beginners Corner' started by Andy452, Nov 8, 2019.

  1. Andy452

    Andy452 New Member

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    Hi

    About 3 weeks ago I bought a pair of Apistogramma Agassizii. :)
    I placed them into a 9gal quarantine tank with 5 existing ember tetra as dithers. The QT tank is bare bottom with sponge filter, ceramic cave, small rock with anubias on it, and I later added a piece of wood covered in java moss from my community tank.
    After 1 week I noticed the female keeping the ember tetras up one end of the tank and I found eggs in the cave! The pair had spawned.
    But are couple of days later the eggs were gone :( I assume someone ate them though I'm not sure who.
    The following few days there was more aggression between the pair with the male chasing the female a bit, thats when I added the moss covered wood, to provide some shelter and a visual block in the tank.
    These last few days the pair seem to be getting along better.

    So now I have some questions...

    Q1) Are they likely to spawn again?

    Q2) Should I keep the pair in the quarantine tank for an extended time in the hope they spawn again?

    Q3) I could move them to my community tank (11 rummy nose, 3 cory, 1 bristle nose) that was the original plan but I know any fry would not be safe in there, do you think any would survive? I think not as I believe rummy nose are known fry preditors plus I dont know how the apistos and bristle nose would get along..

    Q4) In the near future I could set up a 18gal tank for the apiso pair and either ember tetra or pencil fish as dithers, is this the best approach if I'm wanting to spawn/breed apistos?

    Q5) Are these a particular colour strain of Apistogramma Agassizii? tefe, yellow... Regardless I like the look of these Agassizii, to me they appear more natural than the fire red etc.

    ApistogrammaAgassizii_Female_small.jpg ApistogrammaAgassizii_Male_small.jpg

    Thanks
    //Andy
  2. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Yes, most likely.

    That is your choice. I quarantine for a minimum of 4, more often 6 weeks. If they spawn again in your quarantine tank just treat it as their breeding tank for now. Your tank is a bit small, so you will need to maintain it more carefully than a larger tank.

    Unlikely, but it really depends on how the tank is decorated and how large it is. A community tank is not a breeding tank (where have I heard that before??).

    I think it would be better than your other 2 tanks and can be decorated to encourage breeding.

    Good looking fish. I can't say they are A. sp. Tefé or A. agassizii from the photos. My guess the latter.
  3. Andy452

    Andy452 New Member

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    Thanks for the feedback Mike.

    And you were right they have spawned again, so I will go along with using the quarantine tank as a breeding tank for now and hopefully see some fry this time. I hope the eggs do not get eaten the the pair can learn to raise the fry.

    //Andy