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Recent content by Andy452

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    NEED HELP. My apistogramma looks bad today

    Oh sorry to hear that :( When I bring home fish and quarantine them I usually give a treatment of Pimafix and Melafix (at the same time) as soon as I get them. Like I said its a precaution I do this with tetras, apistos, rams, what ever the fish are. I started doing this because a while...
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    NEED HELP. My apistogramma looks bad today

    Maybe this link is a good reference: https://apifishcare.com/pdfs/products-us/melafix/api-diagnosing-&-treating-sick-fish-chart.pdf Its by API but you could use other brands. I'm just sharing it as a reference. Hopefully other also have some suggestions
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    NEED HELP. My apistogramma looks bad today

    I have not had this occur before so can not talk from experience. But API General Cure is often mentioned as a treatment for internal worms or parasites. When I quarantine I often use API Pimafix (anti fungal) and Melafix (anti bacterial) as a precaution when bring home new fish.
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    I have eggs! a. cacatuoides, first spawn

    I had a similar experience with a pair of Agassizii who bread in the quarantine tank, it took them a few tries but I did in the end get a successful spawn which are now in a grow out tank. :) I highly recommend baby brine shrip (BBS) as food for fry. Hatching your own is well worth the effort.
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    Calling all hobbyist in OZ

    Hi Phil, I'm in Oz, Melbourne. Started ~5 months ago with first pair of Agassizii though have had other dwarf cichlids before. //Andy
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    How do Wean fry off live bbs?

    I have also had some luck crushing pellets into very fine crumbs, almost dust, I try to introduce it to my fry from around 8-10 weeks initially they will eat it when its in the water column but not off the bottom so use it sparingly when you first do it as you will need to siphon out any excess...
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    Fry meal plan!

    Hi Experts, I have Apistogramma Agassizii fry which are about 3 weeks old. Initially I was feeding micro worms for say the first week, then a mix of micro worms and BBS, and now predominantly BBS twice a day. I'm wondering: 1) what is best to feed them at this age? 2) and is there an...
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    Minimum Tank Size for 1 Dwarfcichlid

    The smallest I have had a pair of Apistogramma Agassizii in was a 8 gallon / 30 liter that was for a quarantine tank. I think for even 1 male i would not go smaller than this and you would want to decorate it well so there are multiple points of interest for him - if that makes sense. You could...
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    New Apistogramma Agassizii pair

    Sad news :( This morning I found my female Apistogramma Agassizii dead and upside down on the bottom of the tank..... So sad because the parents were seeming to do so well and this was the first successful spawn. Male was still in the tank but there was no aggression towards her, not sure how...
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    Breeding ages

    Hi, From the photos they appear to be of reasonable size suitable for breeding. Others may have a better idea. Are there hiding spots / caves etc. in the tank to serve as suitable spawning sites? //Andy
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    bitaeniatas all around (sorry, might be image heavy)

    Hi rasmasW, Firstly the new tank looks great, seems very natural I'm sure the pair in there with their new fry are very happy! I'm no expert on bitaeniatas nor on ID of apisto species but from you description and also does kind of sound like male / pair behavior Is this the female that has...
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    New Apistogramma Agassizii pair

    Thanks Mike. That was my conundrum would removing the male disturb them too much. I have left him in there for now, and so far so good. The fry are still very small hanging around mum and both parents seem to be doing a good job. I did do a small water change again I was concerned with...
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    New Apistogramma Agassizii pair

    Hi All, I have Apistogramma Agassizii Fry!! :D:D So since my last post my pair of Apistogramma Agassizii have spawned a few time, with the eggs being layed on the side of a cave. A few days back I noticed the female being a little more aggressive than usual suggesting another spawn and then...
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    Sand Substrate

    Thanks for the feedback. I also like sponge filters but one of the reasons I was considering a small HOB in this case was for reduced noise as the tank will likely be in the study. Also if i put an intake sponge on it that would serve a similar function to the sponge of the sponge filter ie...
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    Sand Substrate

    Hi Apisto Experts! I'm planning a new Apisto tank (~18gal/69liter) for my Apistogramma Agassizii pair One key point is a sand substrate, I have read that a sand substrate (~0.5mm silica sand ie filter sand) is best for apisto and their natural sifting behavior. I have never used a sand...