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  1. Bart Hazes


    I just wrote a blog on keeping room temperature tanks. It includes Apistogramma trifasciata, which bred, as well as Badis badis and Badis sp. Buxar. I now have had several spawns of the latter in a zero-tech zero-maintenance (apart from feeding) tank. Fry have to fend for themselves but some...
  2. Bart Hazes

    Pellets or flakes food for Apisto

    for mine most don't take dry food but for the few that do they only eat the Hikari micro pellets as well (A. sp Melgar and A. rubrolineata). I think it is not just their small size but they are soft/porous which I think make them easier to swallow.
  3. Bart Hazes

    Id help please

    I couldn't either but the OP can use it to confirm it is not allpahuayo.
  4. Bart Hazes

    Id help please

    A. allpahuayo used to be called sp. 'Black chin' because females have a black chin which your's probably don't have. I would also expect this to be A. cacatuoides.
  5. Bart Hazes

    A. Baenschi natural habitat

    That is definitely the intention but this will be my first fresh water fish survey trip and I think taking UW pictures in shallow creeks will be harder than while SCUBA diving, which is what I normally do. Also rainy season may have started by the time I get there and I don't know what that does...
  6. Bart Hazes

    A. Baenschi natural habitat

    Thanks Tom. Your travel reports have been an inspiration and are a valuable resource for the community. I hope my trip can lift a tip of the veil for the region around Tarapoto that isn't well known in the hobby and scientific literature. I will be traveling with a local who is very familiar...
  7. Bart Hazes

    A. Baenschi natural habitat

    I will be visiting the area where baenschi is found in the upcoming Xmas break to do a general fish survey of both low-land clear and black waters and higher elevation habitats further upstream the Rio Huallaga (Rio Mayo). I certainly hope and expect to see A. baenschi in its natural habitat as...
  8. Bart Hazes

    How fragile are apistos?

    Apistogramma come from a wide range of habitats and although some are sensitive many are much more tolerant. A. borellii for example comes from far South in South America where water temperature can range from tropical to well below room temp. Water conditions, salts and pH, are also variable in...
  9. Bart Hazes

    Cacatuoides with corydora

    If you want to breed apistos with the goal to maximize progeny then definitely go for a tank with just a pair of apistos and perhaps a few small tetras. If you want to keep apistos because they are pretty and you want to see their mating and territorial displays then in my experience you can...
  10. Bart Hazes

    Question about Apisto feeding behaviour

    I'm afraid he may have an intestinal parasite in which case he will likely not make it. There are medications but I've never been very successful with them. You can try small (or chopped up) live (earth)worms or mosquito larvae. The latter gave a new male A. erythrura that was struggling to eat...
  11. Bart Hazes


    I got them from a Canadian hobbyist/fish importer, Curtis Jerrom (Calgary), who brings in the most wonderful collection of dwarf cichlids, tetras, catfish and other exciting fish that are rarely if ever in normal fish shops (at least Canadian ones). Unfortunately, that doesn't help you unless...
  12. Bart Hazes

    Nannostomus mortenthaleri sexing

    You can find lots of pictures with indicated sexes here: https://www.aqualog.de/blog/geschlechtsunterschiede-bei-nannostomus-mortenthaleri/ For these images the dorsal fin colouration, white anterior margin, seems to be most indicative.
  13. Bart Hazes


    Looking forward to hear more about your experiences. Mine are in a 29 gallon tank but it probably only has 9 gallons of water, a little bit of emerged substrate (lake-shore habitat) and also lots of plants with a big piece of driftwood to break line of sight. I added a pleco cave last week and...
  14. Bart Hazes


    As promised, a picture of one of my 4 Badis sp. Buxar.
  15. Bart Hazes


    Just two weeks ago I picked up 4 Badis sp. 'Buxar' and 4 good old Badis badis. I hardly get to see the latter but the former are gorgeous and quite lively. I'll try to post some images when I get home. They are quite a bit smaller than apistos unless mine have a lot more growing to do. My...
  16. Bart Hazes

    Dicrossus Maculatus

    Very beautiful and peaceful fish indeed. Also much less picky eaters than Apistos. I find keeping them to be very easy as well and they tolerate pH up to 7.5 in my tanks and hardness up to 100ppm. Possibly higher but most of the time my tanks are below these values. I haven't bred them because...
  17. Bart Hazes

    Apistogramma rubrolineata ?

    I agree with Mike. The first two males look very similar to my rubrolineata and the third similar enough. The female is very interesting with bold bars and pink/orange belly. Unlike any I've seen and definitely not a rubrolineata female. Odd that she is oggling the rubro males but I hope she...
  18. Bart Hazes

    Trying to breed apistogramma cacatuoides

    Many floating plants don't like currents so if you have a pump stirring the water surface you can try to aim it lower or reduce the strength. Most of my apisto tanks have no pump (or filter) and just rely on lots of floating plant for filtration. If you can get a starter culture for white worms...
  19. Bart Hazes

    Trying to breed apistogramma cacatuoides

    How long have you had them? Sometimes they are ready to breed right of the bat but other times they need a little time to settle down, bulk up on some food and get to know each other. In general you seem to be on the right track based on your description. If you can get some live food that can...
  20. Bart Hazes

    Apisto Identification help please?

    Hi Gerald, they don't have blue in the images shown (image1: female(left)/male(right), image2 male, image3 female. I've had females from the same spawn with very variable amounts of black patterning. Perhaps that is less with wild caught as these are my only tank-raised stock.