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Recent content by Mike Wise

  1. Mike Wise

    Advice needed on apisto stock!

    It really depends on how densely decorated the tank is and how many territories it can contain. I will say that you probably will lose several fish to aggression. Any apisto you see hovering at the surface of the tank has no territory and should quickly be removed for its own safety.
  2. Mike Wise

    Dither fish for breeding

    Is it necessary? No. Is it helpful? It depends on the dither fish. Your N. marilynae should work fine. Since pencilfish are not true schooling fish 1 - 3 fish should be fine. I think you (like many others) do not fully understand the difference between a 'dither fish' and a 'target fish'...
  3. Mike Wise

    Ich or something else on GBR - please advise

    MacZ, there are actually 2 (most likely 4) species that have been sold under the name "butterfly dwarf cichlid": Mikrogeophagus ramirezi and species of Anomalochromis from West Africa. Of course, most people now think of Rams from the Orinoco first when "butterfly dwarf cichlids" are mentioned.
  4. Mike Wise

    Apisto cave size?

    Front opening is larger than necessary. It only needs to be large enough for the female to slide in on her side.
  5. Mike Wise

    Advice needed on apisto stock!

    I agree with MacZ.
  6. Mike Wise

    Apistogramma borellii pair locking lips

    First, most apistos species, including A. borellii, do not form long-term breeding pairs. What you see probably is not aggression as much as testing suitability (strength) as a breeding partner. This is not unusual among cichlids, including apistos.
  7. Mike Wise

    New Life Spectrum fry starter?

    Apisto fry orient to moving foods. This is why most apisto breeders start with live foods.
  8. Mike Wise

    Male Agassizii has gone very shy.

    Since camallanus easily spreads in an aquarium please keep an eye out for other fish with signs of it. There are treatments; do a search here and on the web.
  9. Mike Wise

    Male Agassizii has gone very shy.

    A quarantine tank can be as simple as a large shoe box with a sponge filter and heater. I cannot help you with medications. I do not medicate unless I am rather sure of the problem. Otherwise I just feed quality food, make sure the water quality is excellent, let the fish's immune system do its...
  10. Mike Wise

    Any ideas on this blue apisto?

    It is a domestic color morph. It could be a mix of several wild forms/species in the A. agassizii superspecies.
  11. Mike Wise

    Male Agassizii has gone very shy.

    I think it is time to place him in a quarantine tank. Arched backs usually indicate an old fish or one with a nutritional deficiency. A puffy belly commonly indicates an internal infection or parasites.
  12. Mike Wise

    Apistogramma Cacatuoides male hiding

    Sometimes we get 'rogue' fish. All I can suggest is replacing one with another.
  13. Mike Wise

    Borellii- Male or Female & Off swim

    Healthy male will always look for breeding opportunities. Most apistos do not form pair bonds. BTW 150 ppm TDS is not hard water by any means. I would consider it only 'moderately hard'. Many populations of A. borellii live most of the year in similar water hardness in the Pantanal.
  14. Mike Wise

    Apisto Borreli Opal had fry. What do I do?

    Kribs and apistos are not a good mix; do a search here. I suggest a dwarf acara.
  15. Mike Wise

    A. agassizii Fire red breeding... can't seem to make it happen

    Too many unknowns: tank decor, territorial boundaries, opening size of cave entrances ... I will say that it would be better if you could keep the pH below 7, in the 6.5 range. Your feeding leaves a lot to be desired. Try feeding mostly live and frozen food. Also cardinal tetras are well-known...