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Sexing A.Macmasteri

Lennys

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Bough what was supposed to be a pair, but Im worried both of them are male.
What do you think?
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Lennys

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Depends on your setup. What dimensions? How many tanks? Well structured?
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110litre tank, plants still growing and will be adding some more big plants in the background instead of those that are there rn.
Right now there is no fight between them and both mind their own business, but they're still young, so..
What would you recommend? Getting another female and having two pairs, or getting him a new home?
 

Lennys

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110litre tank, plants still growing and will be adding some more big plants in the background instead of those that are there rn.
Right now there is no fight between them and both mind their own business, but they're still young, so..
What would you recommend? Getting another female and having two pairs, or getting him a new home?
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MacZ

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Ok, clear thing: Separate them and if any, keep only one single male. Apistogramma do not form bonded pairs and this is obviously a display and not a breeding tank. The tank is of a size that would fit more than one fish, but it's simply not suited otherwise. The substrate is not really suitable, the layout, the lighting... Honestly, basically it's good for tetras and other open water dwellers, the only bottomdwellers I'd put in there are Kuhli loaches or similar rather living fish. Neither Corydoras nor any dwarf cichlids.
And it is actually a great tank size. Bit of a shame.
Btw, the rocks raise KH and pH. Not what you want in a tank with South American fish and soil substrate. You want low KH, and soft water. This is bound to give you fluctuations in a few months.

Let me guess, the store clerk said the stocking and everything else was ok?
 

Lennys

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Yeah of course they said that and were perfectly fine with a pic of my tank..
Well, Im taking everything you said into consideration and will act on it right away. Guess its time for new tank project haha
 

MacZ

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That's the spirit! Dwarf cichlids of any genus are great fish, but to really shine they require tanks tailored to their needs.
If you want to have fun with these fish, that's the way.
 

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