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Newish to rare apistos


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Hi, I've kept some of the more common species of apistos, and have sold them for years. I've successfully bred apistogramma cacatuoides in the past but, now I work with some of the rarer wild caught apistos. I currently am setting up a either a 40 breeder or a 75 gallon planted tank with white cloud mountain minnows, celestial pearl danios and red striped burmese rasboras as dither fish to a group of wild caught apistogramma elizabethae that I plan on breeding and selling.
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white cloud mountain minnows, celestial pearl danios and red striped burmese rasboras
Those are not compatible with your Apistogramma. The cichlids need their water warmer, softer and more acidic than these fish. Take pencilfish as dithers, they can go all the way with the parameters.

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I've always had good experiences buying from them on line.
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