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First Apstos help...


New Member
Hey, so I am getting my first apistos and they are going to be a wild caught form of apistogramma Agassizii ( alenquer, tefe blue or fire red).

1)So my question is what is the best medicine for wc apistos? I have heard that worms from the wild stop them from breeding and eating.

2)Are WC harder to feed? I have live bbs but will they eat frozen bloodworms and such?

3) are WC Agassizii quite easy to breed when you have a male and female pair? The tank is 15 gallon, the pH is around 6 the hardness is 12, ammonia and nitrite 0 and nitrate 50 ppm.



Well-Known Member
5 Year Member
Hi all,
...... The tank is 15 gallon, the pH is around 6 the hardness is 12, ammonia and nitrite 0 and nitrate 50 ppm.
Is it a planted tank? I'd be a little concerned about both the hardness and the nitrate (NO3) level.

Could we have a picture of the tank? There are quite a lot of unknowns before we can have a go at answering the other questions.

cheers Darrel

Mike Wise

Staff member
5 Year Member
This is my experiences keeping apistos for over 40 years.

1. I always quarantine my fish for at least 4 weeks. If they look and behave healthy, only then will I put them in a breeding tank. If they don't look right then they stay in the quarantine tank until they do. I only medicate if I'm fairly certain what the pathogen is. Otherwise, top quality water, food and a quiet (dim) tank is what use.

2. Yes, wildcaught fish are more choosy about what they eat. They are used to eating mostly live foods in the wild. In the aquarium it is best to start them on live and frozen foods. I avoid aquatic worms - tubifex & blackworms - only because those collected in ponds can carry fish pathogens. Later you can wean them on to dry foods as a suppliment.

3. Whether wildcaught or domestic, ease of breeding has more to do with the species (and sometimes the specimens). If given the proper environment (decor and water values) both will breed successfully no matter where they originated. In your case, A. agassizii is what I consider a relatively easy breeder, being polygamous and not picky about partners, and being adaptable to clearwater values. BTW Fire-red aggies are a domestic color strain.