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75 gal A. schwarzkinn "black chin" Setup

Discussion in 'South American Biotope Aquariums' started by slimbolen99, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. slimbolen99

    slimbolen99 Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Thanks to Aquatic Clarity for getting me these beautiful Apistogramma schwarzkinn "black chin" just before Thanksgiving! I've had four F1 females waiting for a male for almost a year (they had killed their other male mate), and was worried they'd never come around again!

    Got these guys setup in a 75 gallon tank; two males and six females (two wild, four F1). Currently soaking a ton of crab apple branches to throw in there as well.
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    Females (three of them are colored up real nicely like they may be guarding eggs already)
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    Sub-dominant male
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    Very nice fish and very nice tank.
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    I agree! I really like the look of those leaves. What all do you have in there? I see Oak, I think but not sure what else...

    Lookin good!
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    slimbolen99 Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Two different kinds of oak; pin oak (the pointy ones, which I had previously sworn off, but an oak leaf shortage in the park behind the house convinced me to use these from my neighbor's yard), and the broad leafed oak which I normally use, but I am not sure on the exact species of tree they come from.

    Normally, the broad leafed trees leave their leaves on for about a month after they've died off; but this year, they went from brown to off the tree in a matter of two days. I don't like picking up leaves off the ground, just because I'm not sure what has possibly gotten on them...I'd rather pick them off of the tree when they are brown and crisp. No such luck this year for some reason.
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    Lack of sufficient rainfall prevented the normal build-up of sugars and carbohydrates in the leaves, resulting in no vibrant colors and a quick discard from the branch.

    If it's dry again this coming year, plan on the same thing happening next season. Some areas have been without rain for so long (like Maryland/West Virginia borders) that it's already too late for some species and they'll end up succumbing anyway...
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    slimbolen99 Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Thanks for the explanation jaafaman. That makes sense. We got very little rain this year.
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    very nice. these are my favourites. good luck with the breeding. cheers jk
  8. slimbolen99

    slimbolen99 Active Member 5 Year Member

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    1 thing I forgot to mention about this setup is that the flower pots are standing up side down with a bowl cut out of the bottom. The schwarzkinn seem to prefer them that way rather than half pots on their side.
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    slimbolen99 Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Breeding success! I believe this particular female is one of the F1s. What's also pretty exciting is that two other females are yellow'd up real nice and guarding clay pots. Enjoy this video; not much excitement, but you can see the fry and the mom.

    [video=youtube;FMDSHoJavQg]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMDSHoJavQg[/video]

    [video=youtube;MrifABZkGAM]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrifABZkGAM[/video]

    [video=youtube;DmQtkprhMXs]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmQtkprhMXs[/video]
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    slimbolen99 Active Member 5 Year Member

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    New development...three females with free-swimming fry. This could get interesting!
    Setup three 10 gallons with water from this tank, with the intentions of stealing a few fry from each female. I know. I'm mean.

    [video=youtube;6GJfCKazuZY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GJfCKazuZY[/video]
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    slimbolen99 Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Two more females with newly free swimming fry in the tank today. Got some new pics and an interesting video of one of the moms moving her fry.
    Stole 75% or so of the previous spawns (about 50 fry) and have them in grow-out tanks; there are still quite a few of the original babies in the tank, one set is being cared for by the mom, the other set, I believe has been kicked out.

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    [video=youtube;yzYtRmOLTJE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzYtRmOLTJE[/video]
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    slimbolen99 Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Babies in the grow out tank are getting some size to them now, while the parents in the 75 continue to spawn; over and over and over again.

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