- India, Bangalore
Sorry to hear she keeps eating the eggs, food looks pretty good, so can we have a full tank shot? It would allow us to see whether the <"cave, decor etc"> may be the reason.Hy guys!
..... First the eggs remained for 3 days,amd the female est them. The second time (12 days later) she eat the eggs at the following day. Yestarday they spawning the 3. time (13 days later),and today also she eat them.
What can I do to succeed? Should i separate the eggs from the parents?
They live in a 40 l tank,with external filter (Eheim 2224,full of bio filteres and reduced flow ofcourse),soft water 150 EC, ph 6,6.
I feed them with alive black mosquito larvae, alive grindal worms (1x/week), and frozen cyclops,artemia,white mosquito larvae.
Anyone have any suggestions?
Hey Darrel,Hi all,
Sorry to hear she keeps eating the eggs, food looks pretty good, so can we have a full tank shot? It would allow us to see whether the <"cave, decor etc"> may be the reason.
Thank you for your reply.IMHO a 40L/10 gallon tank is too small for beginning apisto keepers to be consistantly successful breeding apistos. Several things that I see as problems besides tank size are how open/unstructured the decor is and how brightly lit the tank is. Also does the male show interest in the female and bother her while she has eggs? My suggestions are to read how to properly decorate a tank for apisto breeding, add floating plants to shade at least part of the tank, and drop the conductivity some. Your female will more than likely never use the coconut shell-like cave. The opening is too large. If the male is regularly within 25 - 30 cm from the female's spawning site, he is bothering her and needs to be moved. Right now I think your problem is that the female is insecure and is inclined to eat her eggs and get the nutrition from them than let some other potential predator eat them.
60x30 footprint is the minimum, Many recommend 80x35. Height: Anything between 25 and 45.45x30x30.
Unrelated but i wanted to comment on this - one thing i found problematic is many sites will only sell them in pairs; it is almost always difficult to get an additional female. However, for reasons i don't fully understand nijjensi are frequently sold with 2 females. I know they can be picky about partners and are quasi pair forming but I would naively think that would be a species that is best sold as either a group of juvi or pair after the male has found a suitable female.Zack, your Hungarian breeder shows his inexperience with apistos. Most apistos do not form mated pairs. A. agassizii is a very polygamous species. Once the male has fertilized a female's eggs he has no further function with the eggs and fry, at least in an aquarium. He is now looking for an opportunity to spawn again as soon as possible. If there is only 1 female with eggs/fry he will try to breed with her. This stresses the brooding female and often leads to loss of eggs or fry, especially in small tanks. If the female is especially protective this can also lead to attacks, damage and sometimes death of the male.