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Cacatouoides

Ghostfeather

New Member
I have my 50g ready to go,and have a trio of Cacatouoides coming in.
Is it a good idea to keep dither fish in with them?
Thanks
Bill
 

uberape

Member
I think it depends if your breeding them in there. If your not I doubt it matters, my cacatuoides have always been pretty confident fish as long there is hiding places and maybe a few floating plants. but fifty g is pretty big for 3 cacatuoides, so I would add pencil fish, hatchets or something.
 

Neptune's Neighborhood

Member
5 Year Member
Dithers are always a good idea, unless you can't perform adequate quarantine procedures. If breeding, be sure to pick something that won't overwhelm the breeding fish, is fast enough to get away and hangs out in a different part of the tank. Pencils are perfect. Plecos are not.
 

Ghostfeather

New Member
I think it depends if your breeding them in there. If your not I doubt it matters, my cacatuoides have always been pretty confident fish as long there is hiding places and maybe a few floating plants. but fifty g is pretty big for 3 cacatuoides, so I would add pencil fish, hatchets or something.
I just figured it would give them a pretty big territory and eliminate any squabbling.
I have a good size piece of driftwood in the center and 2 caves on each side.
A very low bio-load and plenty of room for fry to live in.
I will try Black Neons for dither fish.
Thanks for the replys!
Bill
 

Ghostfeather

New Member
I think it depends if your breeding them in there. If your not I doubt it matters, my cacatuoides have always been pretty confident fish as long there is hiding places and maybe a few floating plants. but fifty g is pretty big for 3 cacatuoides, so I would add pencil fish, hatchets or something.
Yes,I plan on breeding.
Bill
 

uberape

Member
if your going for black neons i would go for black phantom tetra, they are much more amusing to watch and they only really care about their group and your feeding. I think cacatuiodes wouldn't have much problems with them.
 

dw1305

Well-Known Member
5 Year Member
Hi all,
I like both of them as fish. I've never tried Black Phantom Tetras with Apistogramma, but I would be wary of Beckford's Pencil as a dither, as they are both more bottom orientated than Black Neons or the other Pencils. The problem with most Tetras (and Beckford's Pencil) is that they will hunt fry at the bottom of the tank.

Tetras like Neons and Pristellas are really efficient fry predators.

cheers Darrel
 

Neptune's Neighborhood

Member
5 Year Member
I've had more trouble with Nannostomus marginatus (dwarf pencilfish) hunting fry than my Beckford's. It's really defendant on the fish personalities, I think. I had one P pulcher pair that could fend off 3 tiger barbs and another pair that had to have serpae tetra. Above all, the key is to not have too many dithers, as breeders may become overwhelmed or overpowered by a smart attack.
 
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