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Recent content by Mike Wise

  1. Mike Wise

    Help ID A.sp.Abacaxis: A227 or A228?

    For me color is of minor importance. Without seeing the fish you could be discussing some other pulchra-complex species, too.
  2. Mike Wise

    Apistogramma ID help!!!

    How large are these fish? If Segelflossen, then the males haven't developed a sailfin yet.
  3. Mike Wise

    A Ortegai ID

    Your fish is not A. sp. Steel Blue. Trust me, all of the characteristics point to a species in the ortegai-subcomplex.
  4. Mike Wise


    Fish geek, I thing the question is not 'can', but 'should'. Can you? Yes. It is possible. You can live your entire life in a 10x10 foot room but would you like it? You would consider it a prison. Without interaction the same is true for a territorial fish like an apisto.
  5. Mike Wise

    Can I keep A. borelli and ~8 Nannostomus marginatus in 64l (16 gal)? in

    A. borellii (and most apistos) do not form bonded pairs. What you describe is unusual - but not unknown - for this species. Females are usually exceptional parents and protect fry from other fish. My guess is that something just didn't work out this time. It could be environmental, nutritional...
  6. Mike Wise

    Apistogramma in 20 Gallon Community Tank

    I doubt that you would have any problems with the cacatuoides male and fish. If the apisto finds a shrimp that has just molted and hasn't hardened its new exoskeleton yet (rare) he might eat it. Otherwise even they should be fine. Adding a female later will change everything. Rummies are...
  7. Mike Wise

    My first Apisto!

    Photos aren't really good enough for a positive ID.
  8. Mike Wise

    A Ortegai ID

    It looks like A. cf. ortegai (Pebas), part of the paratype forms of A. ortegai, but genetically a different species. It was formerly called A. sp. Pebas. The true A. ortegai is much more colorful and shows a double caudal patch shaped more like an infinity symbol, where both patches are nearly...
  9. Mike Wise

    Calm Water Vs Moving Water

    I personally have never collected apistos in relatively fast flowing water, only in calm and slowly flowing quebradas. That being said, there are species that are more adapted to riverine environments, e.g. A. diplotaenia. So I guess the question that I have is how fast is 'moving water' and as...
  10. Mike Wise


    From what I see, you have both sexes. Not the best quality IMHO. The male looks old and fat, the female looks a bit ragged.
  11. Mike Wise

    apistogramma ID

    Lack of viable fry can be caused by poor fish management, but deformed scale rows definitely points toward hybridization.
  12. Mike Wise

    First Apstos help...

    This is my experiences keeping apistos for over 40 years. 1. I always quarantine my fish for at least 4 weeks. If they look and behave healthy, only then will I put them in a breeding tank. If they don't look right then they stay in the quarantine tank until they do. I only medicate if I'm...
  13. Mike Wise

    apistogramma ID

    I highly doubt it. A. sp. Oregon has a large caudal spot that covers most of the base of the tail - 3X larger than on your fish. The dark operculum on your fish reminds me more of that on females of A. nijsseni, A. sp. Nijsseni-New or A. sp. Matses. These species, however, do not show a 'breast...
  14. Mike Wise

    apistogramma ID

    Drayden, to me that person's statement seems to be an excuse for not trying hard enough. A. rositae is not the easiest apisto to breed
  15. Mike Wise

    ID this apisto?

    I would say it is A. sp. Steel-Blue. Nice photo, BTW.