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    Fry care while on trip

    The assistance of a trustworthy friend is really the best way in my opinion. I'm kind of jealous you've got Apisto fry! Ours have spawned twice with no fry. If you hatch live baby brine shrimp -- really quite easy to do -- they probably can survive for 3 days or more in a 1-liter+ sized...
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    Apistogramma Cacatuoides, First Spawn!

    Sounds good! If you get some fry that survive, let us know. I have heard that sometimes you just have to let nature take its course, and let them try and fail a handful of times before they learn to be good parents. Part of our problem may be poor choice of dither fish. We have about six...
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    Apistogramma Cacatuoides, First Spawn!

    Sadly, we never saw any fry hatch. If they did, they were eaten. The female abandoned the nesting site early. We're holding on, feeding well, doing good upkeep and water changes on the tank. Hope they decide to spawn again. We put a black backing on the tank to eliminate stress, and give them...
  4. Fish Folk

    Sexing German Blue

    Looks like a female. Slight pinkish in belly plus the gems in the black spot lean me in this direction. All other things considered, better quality water. better quality food (not quantity mind you), and a low-stress environment will bring out colors beautifully. Our male & female photos below...
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    How to tell if Cacatuoides paired up

    Yes! We change water weekly, or bi-weekly. We have had the pair for about a month. Then, it was after a particular regular water change that they got friendly.
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    How to tell if Cacatuoides paired up

    New A. cacatuoides keeper here. I wondered whether my pair would spawn as well -- I even feared we had a "sneaker male." The male did show for the female, but she seemed uninterested. After waiting a month or so, I did do a water change and the female immediately changed colors -- see photo...
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    Apistogramma Cacatuoides, First Spawn!

    Very pleased to report that our Apistogramma cacatuoides -- indeed a pair -- have spawned for the first time in our tank. We changed the sponge filters, and performed a 60% water change. Same day, the female lost her lateral line, yellowed, up, and started vigorously luring the male to spawn. It...
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    Apistogramma cacatuoides: do I have a pair? or two males?

    Thanks! Yes, I think we've got a pair. They were getting "friendly" today. Saw the female in the cave with the male nearby (see pic)
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    Filter or no filter

    (Disclaimer -- I'm new here... listen to the pros...) A filterless, low-maintenance tank can work if (1) the bacteria is reasonably well established, (2) if there are enough proper plants to remove nitrate buildup, (3) there is harmony with other micro organisms in the tank, (4) if the fish...
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    Apistogramma cacatuoides: do I have a pair? or two males?

    Thank you! Good tips. Hoping they'll warm up to parenting eventually.
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    Apistogramma cacatuoides: do I have a pair? or two males?

    Gotcha! We put in a cave for our cacatuoides, but straight way our b-nose pleco called shotgun and moved in...
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    Apistogramma cacatuoides: do I have a pair? or two males?

    Beautiful! I like the orange on his fins. Are you hoping to raise fry?
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    Can you help us I.D. this Cichlid??

    SOLVED! This is a yellow rock kribensis -- haplochromis sauvagei. African indeed!
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    Apistogramma cacatuoides: do I have a pair? or two males?

    Thanks! We're really hoping so. Lots to learn here . . . hope to eventually raise some.
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    Can you help us I.D. this Cichlid??

    We have a lively tank of juvenile African cichlids that has been up and running for about six months. After some changes, losses, "fight-club" tank drama . . . we decided to add just a few new ones. The largest was immediately marked out for destruction by the dominant Yellow Lab. However, two...
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