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Recent content by bludfire

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    Quick question re: Cacatuoides temperature

    26 degrees for me. I believe from other posts and forums 29/30 degrees speeds up their metabolisms so they age quicker and therefore have shorter lifespans - however i'm no authority on this.
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    Starting Over, Please Advise

    Quite a late response to your post however I wanted to jump in on the 'skipping a water change spawning' point. This is often the time when any of my species spawn (after a holiday, business trip etc). I put this down to replicating the rainy season when the real grubby water finally gets washed...
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    Trying to find ideal weekly feeding schedule for Cacatuoides / Tetra tank

    Yeah 2 feeds everyday is way too much food. I went to an Cichlid experts talk recently and he said it's best to skip days completely For example: Monday - feed once Tuesday - feed once Wednesday - skip Thursday - feed once Friday - feed once Saturday - feed once Sunday - skip The readon for...
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    URGENT! Strange apisto behaviour

    Tank bred apistos are pretty hardy
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    URGENT! Strange apisto behaviour

    Params are mentioned in the OP's second post
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    URGENT! Strange apisto behaviour

    Sorry to hear the original male died. For next time/anyone else who's apisto looks like the photo - his body looks exactly like mine did when full of worms (head almost looks enlarged in proportion to the body and wafer thin in width). Kusuri wormer and fluke worked wonders for mine and he...
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    A real suprize today?.......

    Congrats on your first spawn! It all depends how aggressive she is being with them. I always try keep the parents together and let the bring up the fry naturally unless the aggression is really bad. It's not just the nipped fins you need to watch for but also the stress levels caused by being...
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    Apistogramma Cacatuoides female with Agassizii Male?

    Did you get any pictures of the male? There's a number of people on here that could clear up that discussion completely with a true ID.
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    Craigslist: perfect apisto tank? 8x2x1 feet

    I would say it's absolutely perfect. The most important thing is the floor footprint which this tank has a hell of a footprint. Decent enough depth too. You could get a couple of trios in there living comfortably and a nice big group of dithers.
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    Is this cacatuoides juvenile male or female?

    I agree with ErtyJr. Unfortunately with the commercially bred cacatuoides the brightest and most colourful females are bred from as they sell best which minimizes the differences between the males and females for ID'ing. As already pointed due to the dorsal fin shape and the lack of black on...
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    first spawn and first free swimmers!

    A really nice pair you've got. Have you thought about putting sand down instead of the gravel? Apistogramma's are 'earth-eaters' - in the wild they take mouthfuls of sand and sift it through their mouth and gills to take out any morsels of food. It's amazing behaviour to watch and something...
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    Apistogramma Trifasciata

    Are they tank bred fish do you know? If so they might not actually be any particular 'form'. We'll wait for King Mike to answer though!
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    Any thoughts on this one?

    No, Agassizii females don't generally have the spear shaped caudal fin like the males
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    Confirmation of species - Paulmuelleri

    I was at a talk by Uwe Romer the other day on the future developments of apistogramma clarification and on the example of Paulmuelleri he mentioned that it may eventually be split in to two separate species - one being the larger more colourful type and the other a smaller less colourful type...