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Apistogramma cacatuoides - Fry tank setup

Discussion in 'Apistogramma' started by bizfromqc, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. bizfromqc

    bizfromqc New Member

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    I have between 50-60 A. cacatuoides juveniles, 2 months old ranging from 1-2cm in size. I want to move them to a bare 10G tank with sillica sand substrate (about 1in deep) and a sponge filter to help with the maintenance and cleaning.

    Is this too many fish for a 10G grow out tank or will they be fine in there for a little while until they reach maturity?

    I've got them in a planted tank now and need to move them out of there, any suggestions?

    Thank you
  2. Christople

    Christople Member

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    I would skip the substrate and just go bare bottom
  3. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Yes, and put no more that 10 - 15 fish in a 10 gallon tank. Otherwise they will never grow to any size. In a 10 they will need very frequent water changes too.
  4. Bilbo

    Bilbo Member 5 Year Member

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    I would leave the substrate in. Where possible I always have sand or gravel in any grow-out tank. They seem to do much better. Other than that good food often and clean water often and you should do well.
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    dw1305 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Hi all,
    I'd keep the substrate, and I'd definitely add some plants. They are a major factor in retaining good water quality. If you use potted plants, or java fern etc on wood and floaters, you won't have any problems with catching the fish when you need to move them.
    In a bare tank, as the fish grow I think you may have problems with both aggression and water quality, and even in a planted tank I would be looking to change about 20% of the water every day.

    cheers Darrel