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I. Adoketa

rasmusW

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Hi all!

I got a few questions about dither fish for I. Adoketa.
I have read some threads here, stating that they would eat all “bite sized” tank mates if they can catch them.
Do you think n. Marginatus would fall into that category?
I guess n. Eques is too big?

Also, would any of the two be considered natural congers?

I’m asking because my female atahualpa died and i have moved the male to one of my other tanks, so i’m looking for something else for the large tank.

Thanks in advance.

-r
 

MacZ

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A fully grown I. adoteka might snack on a N. marginatus. N. eques might in fact be just too slow evading the cichlid but they would be safe from predation.
 

rasmusW

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Thanks MacZ. Ye! Sadly what i thought myself. Just wanted confirmation.
Well, guess i will have to think of bigger or no other fish if i end up getting adoketas.

-r
 

Tom C

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Rio Cuiari, Eastern Colombia, December 2018:

Ivanacara adoketa, both big ones:

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and smaller ones:
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Other fishes found in the habitat:

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and Copella:

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Because they lived in the same waters , I tried some Copella eigenmanni together with a pair of I. adoketa from the Río Cuiari, here. But as the Copellas very soon started to disappear one by one, I removed the remaining ones.

I keep, and have kept and bred I. adoketa for many (18) years. In my experience there are few fishes too big to be taken by them. They sometimes tear each other's jaws apart, fight to they die, and they bite off the entire tail or dorsal fin of larger fish. You know who they're named after, right?

There was once a report from a stream on the Rio Negro where it was observed that the tiny 2-3 cm long tetra Tucanoichthys tucano fearlessly chased large I. adoketa away from its territory. I tried this combination in a 132 liter tank, and could observe that the small tetras definitely did not hide from the large cichlids. But I noticed the way the cichlids looked at the tetras, and dared not do anything but rescue the tetras safely after 3 days.
In my opinion, I. adoketa should not be kept with other fish at all, unless you have a bull shark or something similar...

However: They are superinteresting and very beautiful fishes. The way a pair move around each other, chase each other, follow each other, tease each other and hide or pretend to attack the other one, before they initiate spawning, is an absolutely wonderful sight!
 

rasmusW

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Thanks Tom, for stopping by. It’s always great to hear of your travels.
I am still thinking this whole thing through. I hope to go to the shop this weekend, so i can see them in real life.

I keep, and have kept and bred I. adoketa for many (18) years. In my experience there are few fishes too big to be taken by them. They sometimes tear each other's jaws apart, fight to they die, and they bite off the entire tail or dorsal fin of larger fish. You know who they're named after, right?
hehe.. they sure sounds like small beasts..
No, i actually don’t know for sure but now that i think of it, Ivan the terrible?

One thing i’m sure of is they look beautiful.
-and sound a bit terrifying.

-r
 

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