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Apistogramma keeping & breeding

Discussion in 'Husbandry / Breeding' started by Bart Hazes, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. Bart Hazes

    Bart Hazes Active Member

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    Hi all,

    I just completed a blog on my experiences with keeping and breeding A. norberti. It includes images of the mating process.

    http://biodives.com/blog/?p=221

    Cheers, Bart
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    rasmusW Member

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    Hey bart! That was a great read. Really beautiful fish. Do you have any experience in keeping Apistogramma atahualpa?

    -r
  3. Bart Hazes

    Bart Hazes Active Member

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    Thanks. Atahualpa hasn't shown up yet at the places I'm getting my fish and right now my tanks are pretty full anyway. There should however be more Apisto profiles coming in the next few months, as time allows.
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    cool.. looking forward to reading them.

    -r
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    Hi,

    May I suggest A. sp. Abacaxis first.
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    do you mean, you want an article on A sp. Abacaxis or do you think i should start with A sp. Abacaxis, before jumping to A. atahualpa?

    -r
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    Hi,

    Sorry, that suggestion was meant for Bart.
    For your guestion: I have no experience with A. atahualpa but My A. sp. abacaxis harem (1+2) has been interesting. Both females have had breeding "experiments", but no fry so far. Maybe my water is still a bit too hard.
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  8. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    All I can suggest with A. atahualpa is use a larger (area-wise) breeding tank. They grow large and are much more aggressive than most apistos. Oh, and they need soft acid water to successfully reproduce.
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    Sorry to hijack your thread bart..
    -Mike, do you think a 110 liter (80x35 cm), with lots of hiding places is Big enough for a trio?
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    A. sp. Abacaxis is actually quite likely to be next. I have a first spawn just reach young-adult stage but haven't seen any of the males develop the purple chin yet. I also observed some weird behaviour with this species that would be nice to put in the blog. Maybe the Easter long weekend is a good moment to write it all up.
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  11. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Personally, I'd not put a trio A. atahualpa in anything smaller than a 30 gallon long (90x30cm) for a pair, but it really depends on how complex the decor really is. Also realize that A. atahualpa generally doesn't form polygamous groups so the female not chosen by the male will be in danger of being attacked.
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    Thanks Mike! -i think i will make different plans then.

    Looking forward to read your next article Bart.

    -r

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