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5.5 gal Apisto tank mates

Discussion in 'South American Tank Mates' started by BraedonB, May 28, 2019.

  1. BraedonB

    BraedonB New Member

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    I have a 5.5 gallon tank with one 2" Apisto Regani. The tank is lightly planted and filtered with a sponge filter. I change 30-40% of the water per week. Would the tank be overstocked with a school of six neon tetras (which I already have) or black neon tetras? Could I even add a small, slow catfish like a kuhli loach instead/in addition? Other options for acceptable tank mates are greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  2. Drayden Farci

    Drayden Farci Active Member

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    The tank is overstocked with two Apistogramma in my opinion.
  3. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    I agree. Next question: where did you get A. regani? I can't remember it ever coming into the hobby commercially.
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    mantisfan101 New Member

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    A 2” fish in a 5.5 gallon is already really pushing it; I’d move it to a 20 gallon.
  5. BraedonB

    BraedonB New Member

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    Thank you for your responses. The single Apisto is the only fish in the tank. The fish was labeled A. Regani, but who knows what species he actually is. I posted a thread a few months ago asking if anyone could ID him, but he was still a juvenile. I could move him to a 10 or 29 gallon tank if needed, but he seems to be doing quite well alone in the 5.5 (but of course I could be mistaken). Sorry the photos are not great quality. ApistogrammaRegani7.JPG ApistogrammaRegani8.jpg
  6. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    One apisto in a 5.5 gal. tank is fine. Drayden & I both misread your post. We thought you had 2 apistos. Now, could you add 6 Neons to the tank? Yes, but it would tax any filtration system so careful management of water quality and not over-feeding would be important. BTW your apisto is not A. regani. The caudal spot is all wrong. I can't say for sure which species it is from the photo, but it's probably a eunotus-complex species.
  7. BraedonB

    BraedonB New Member

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    Alright, thanks!