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Apistogramma Agassizii

Discussion in 'Other South American Dwarf Cichlids' started by stiiina, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. stiiina

    stiiina New Member 5 Year Member

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    Hello!
    I´ve had my tank of 180liters for about a month now three mangrove roots and ALOT of plants, ph is 6,5 just like the agassizii wants it. I do regular small water changes. Half coconut shells in the tank and one beautiful male and three females, they keep mating and laying eggs, but no fry?
    What could be the problem?

    Thankful for answers:)
  2. bigbird

    bigbird Member 5 Year Member

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    Hello Anna,

    how old are the fish and what colour are the eggs and do you know if they eat them or not ? It could be a lot of issues maybe your male is not fertile or maybe they are still too young to do it properly.
    Cheers jk :biggrin:
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    stiiina New Member 5 Year Member

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    Thanks for answering, I thought the eggs lookes 'see through ish'?
    The females might not be grown enough, but the male I had him before them is as big as tha agassizii gets. I think they ate them, I´ve read they can do that the first few times och if they get disturbed :)
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    fishme. New Member 5 Year Member

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    if you can see through the eggs then they are not fertile , the eggs of the apistogramma are yellow to red or redish (? ) what is the kh and the GH of your water ?

    do you use any PH buffer ?
  5. bigbird

    bigbird Member 5 Year Member

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    Morning
    agree with Nickos, see throughish is not a good sign. My opinion is that the females arestill a little too young and also you are correct, some eat the first batches of eggs. check also your water parameters for kh and GH.
    I am sure give it 3-6months and you should have fry. keep us informed.
    tousen tak. cheers jk :biggrin:
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    stiiina New Member 5 Year Member

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    I will try to translate :redface: ph is 6.5 it´s the mangrove roots that bring down the ph level..the kh is 4-5 and the GH I don´t know what that is in swedish.
    Seems like 'my ' eggs weren´t fertile:frown:
    Thank you for your answer--...:)
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    ste12000 Member 5 Year Member

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    Not neccessarily!! many Apistogramma have different coloured eggs, i take tons of pictures of broodcaring females with fry but not many of Apistogramma eggs, i dont like to disturb them once they have spawned..The pic below shows fertile(30 fry resulted) Apistogramma sp 'steelblue' eggs..Excuse the bad pics and dodgy gravel...Ive improved considerably since then :biggrin: :biggrin:
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    stiiina New Member 5 Year Member

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    This is how my latest batch looked like! And they where placed under a root like yours..the others the other females have are in coconut shells and not visuable for me to see. But last night the eggs where all gone again, :frown: depressing..I hope it is..that the females are too young
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    Apistomaster Member 5 Year Member

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    There are many variables that affect the colors of Apistogramma eggs. Those fed a lot of of live brine shrimp nauplii or from newly imported wild fish are often bright red but not always.
    If you can get a spare batch of eggs laid on an easily removed substrate, artificially incubating them with some methylene blue can help answer how fertile they are and maybe provide you with a batch of fry.
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    stiiina New Member 5 Year Member

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    Thanks for the reply :) I must read a little bit more about that before I get into it though.