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Is 48inchx16inch large enough for two groups of ortegai?

anewbie

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Yea all fishes are different but all cockatoo are mean. There are some other options opening up - someone has Ladislao which seem interesting (@Mazan how did your Ladisalo do?) and Balsopuerto which don't interest me at all. I think if i could pick anything it would be wc borelli but no one has those.
 

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Can you import the borellii yourself?
No - i wouldn't know how or who to contact or pretty much anything about importing. Also when I asked a few folks why they don't import them they said they weren't available. I got the impression they were not allowed to be exported for some reason.
 

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Also intraspecies aggression is much worse in female apistos than males. A. ortegai is surprisingly aggressive for an apisto, so I personally would hesitate to add more the 4 in a 65 - and only if properly laid out.
 

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Hum. I'm actually fairly happy with my sp winkelfleck. From Tom's page they are fairly passive species - any idea on a reasonable number of male/females in a 48x16. Again i realize scapeing makes a big difference. I think right now my options (based on availability) are trio ortegai; 2 pairs of inka or panduro or 3 m 5 f (guess) winkelfleck and build a colony of winkelfleck.

thoughts? Am i too optimisic on being able to keep 2 pairs of complex nijjensi fish in their given their potential for large territories ?

I can definitely build up a fair amount of drift wood in the middle till it is 12 to 14 inch high (tank is 18 inch); it wouldn't prevent the fishes from roaming further but it would create a natural incentive boundary. Though i'd have to be sure to put a little bit of food in both side to discourage venturing into another territory.
 

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Seems a bit optimistic to me. No disrespect, but I’ve not seen a tank complex enough to house multiple pair/harem hierarchies in any of your pictures. I love Mike Wise’s best case/ general rule of thumb more than anyone, but in my experience, you need 25% of the tank volume dedicated to hard structure (wood), and another 25% of the volume filled with leaves to be plus EV over time.
 

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Seems a bit optimistic to me. No disrespect, but I’ve not seen a tank complex enough to house multiple pair/harem hierarchies in any of your pictures. I love Mike Wise’s best case/ general rule of thumb more than anyone, but in my experience, you need 25% of the tank volume dedicated to hard structure (wood), and another 25% of the volume filled with leaves to be plus EV over time.
I'm not offended - the only aquarium i have with any real complexity is the 48x30 and it is hard to photograph; it has 8 (3m 5f) bitaeniata; but truth be told the most i've seen at one time is 5 (3m 2f); it is kind of hard to see in there and the few times i spotted the more reclusive ones have been when they stuck their nose out during feeding time. However it does make me aware that feeding is a real issue as frequently they will enter the dominant male territory and there will be quite a bit of flaring which i consider unhealthy. Oh well i'll have to think on things.
 

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So this is my first pass; i'm not over joyed with the drift wood selection; so i'm going to let it bake and try to get some more interesting pieces. Once that is settled i'll put in an inch or two of leaves to bake; if you have comments please feel free to advise - the lights are just on so i can take a picture and aren't setup also there are no plants in there yet - i have a lot of floaters i can 'migrate' from other aquariums but i'll need to get something interesting for the bottom:
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The piece further to the right is still floating because the bottom is hollowed out so it is anchored by the linear piece resting on it until it becomes water logged. The piece next to the linear piece (3rd from the right) is actually quite large front to back 17 inches and top to bottom 16 inches. I have a long linear piece and a jumbo piece way too large for this aquarium left in my closet.
 

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This is an updated picture if anyone have any comments on the layout. I added approx 20 pencil fishes a couple of days ago but the ortegai won't be added till next week so if you see some critical issue i can still make changes !
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All right i added a bit of something to that side but it will be several months before i take another picture of since it is currently 'black' from the tannis.
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This is the sister aquarium that i hope to put in 2 pairs of I. Bimaculata; My understanding from the guy importing them (he has them) they have been very peaceful in small groups so i hope there is enough room for 2 pairs. I think it will be around 6 weeks - he qt things for 2 or 3 weeks after he receives them. I'll add some pencil fishes this week; and a couple of leaves and give the plants sometime to get established before it gets darker. *I think* it works fine with ro water; my discus tank which has a ph monitor has been staying at 5.9 without much effort. The biggest headache is i have too many aquariums.

oops pictures:
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