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  1. dw1305

    Help Needed with Fish Mortality Issue in My Aquarium

    Hi all, Yes, that really. If you have a floating plant it isn't ever CO2 limited and offers a quick response to changing nutrient levels. Have a look at the <"Duckweed Index">. That is almost certainly a lack of dissolved oxygen, and that would also account for the deaths. That maybe the...
  2. dw1305

    My male Apistogramma cacatuoides not interested in female

    Hi all, I don't feed much dry food, but I've found the fish will eat <"Fluval Bugbites">, I think Mike (@Mike Wise) has found the same. cheers Darrel
  3. dw1305

    Most Peaceful Apistogramma?

    Hi all, Hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum) is a good subsurface floater. I use it with Indian Fern (Ceratopteris thalictroides) a lot <"https://apistogramma.com/forum/threads/do-you-discard-the-dying-parts-of-anacharis.23496/#post-109467">. Java moss (<"Taxiphyllum barberi">) is another good...
  4. dw1305

    Most Peaceful Apistogramma?

    Hi all, It is what @MacZ says and I'm not trying to be funny, or disparaging at all, but you need real plants. Plants aren't a decoration they are really, really important for maintaining water quality. Have a look at the <"Duckweed Index">. cheers Darrel
  5. dw1305

    Sexing Juvie Trifasciata

    Hi all, You can do them on behaviour, even when they all look juvenile / female. The males really don't like one another and start fighting from an early age. I'm incredibly poor at both sexing and ID, but I think they are all females. cheers Darrel
  6. dw1305

    What Apistogramma is this?

    Hi all, Apistogramma macmasteri male and Photoshop. Cheers Darrel
  7. dw1305

    Which sexe are the nannacara anomala

    Hi all, Welcome to Apistogramma forums. With the traditional disclaimer that I'm really poor at sexing (and identification), but if they have any blue "shiny" scales? They are all males. cheers Darrel
  8. dw1305


    Hi all, I should have put a link in for that <"https://www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/water-surface-bugs.21554/#post-220330"> & <"https://www.ukaps.org/forum/threads/feeding-aphids-to-fish.57614/#post-561772">. I'd guess they aren't a very balanced diet, very high in sugars and low in fibre...
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    Hi all, I have, they float initially so you need to swirl them around in a beaker etc to waterlog them before you tip them in. cheers Darrel
  10. dw1305

    Apistogramma Bitaeniata Rio Nanay - pH and diet for long term

    Hi all, Welcome to Apistogramma forums The pH changes due to CO2 injection aren't the same as those in naturally acidic water, so I don't think more CO2 will help, (but it does make asphyxiating your fish more likely). That sounds fine. The tank looks good. The substrate is a bit coarse, but...
  11. dw1305

    Apisto survival rate

    Hi all, That is the problem with most people's advice, the cure is much worse than the cause. Sage advice, I'm now avoiding religious fanatics like the plague. cheers Darrel
  12. dw1305

    Newbie questions

    Hi all, I'm guessing that it is a mucilage forming cyanobacteria. I'm guessing that they are both symptoms of a wider nutrient issue, rather than cause and effect. cheers Darrel
  13. dw1305

    Best Cave/Hut for Apistogramma?

    Hi all, There are some photos here <"https://apistogramma.com/forum/threads/ideal-spawning-cave.15329/#post-83402">. cheers Darrel
  14. dw1305

    Best Cave/Hut for Apistogramma?

    Hi all, I'm not familiar with these, but if it really is too small (I've had a look at a photo, but it is difficult to judge size) could you enlarge it with a file? I've used a knife steel successfully with clay pots. Most of my fish have spawned in coconut shell caves. They've all been DIY...
  15. dw1305

    What would be a good Comminity Male Apisto for this Waterbox Cube 20?

    Hi all, It definitely needs to grow in a bit (personally I'd want at least another months worth of plant growth and substrate maturity). That is the best start, but even with established media there are other aspects to maturity, have a look at...
  16. dw1305

    apistogramma abacaxis a la venta (EEUU)

    Hi all, It looks like Staurogyne repens. <"https://tropica.com/en/plants/plantdetails/4482/4482">. cheers Darrel
  17. dw1305

    Splash Tetra ID and aggression issue

    Hi all, When I had Copella callolepis (sensu Zarske) <"they spawned as soon as they were adult">. By that time they had decimated the "tank janitor" crustaceans, which may have given them the conditioning they needed. The details are in...
  18. dw1305

    Splash Tetra ID and aggression issue

    Hi all, I've kept a few different Copella spp. and that is what has happened in all the different species, they really <"don't like one another">. Have a look at @Tom C 's web site <"https://www.tomc.no/slekt.aspx?gruppeID=5&ViewSelected=True"> and...
  19. dw1305

    Starting my apistogramma breeding "Help"

    Hi all, I think that is a lot of the issue. You need a lot more cover to break up "line of sight". These are what my tanks look like, it doesn't need to be plants (although they <"help with water quality">) it could be wood and structural leaf litter. Have a look at @MacZ 's post on tank...
  20. dw1305

    Starting my apistogramma breeding "Help"

    Hi all, They look like they should be in spawning condition. You need someone else to tell you whether your female "A. bitaeniata" is actually A. bitaeniata, but I'm going to assume she is. Can we have a full tank shot? It occurs to me that the tank might be a bit bare and the female not...