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Ivanacara adoketa

Discussion in 'Other South American Dwarf Cichlids' started by Bart Hazes, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. Bart Hazes

    Bart Hazes Active Member

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    There are some iconic dwarf cichlids that look both cool and scary when you read about them but normally it doesn't matter because you are hard-pressed to find any in stores, at least not in Canada. So when I heard that Curtis Jerrom in Calgary brought in a small group of Ivanacara adoketa I had to make a decision as to whether to stay with just Apistogramma or take up the challenge of keeping and breeding the adoketa. Curtis said he felt there was a compatible pair in the group that he could send to me so I bit the bullet and the pair was added to the tank yesterday evening. This morning they were checking out their new environment, a 30 gallon breeder tank with driftwood and jungle-style planting. Water parameters are pH 5.1 and 50 uS conductivity. The only tank mates are three subadult montezuma swordtail fish (~1"). So far the pair has been very peaceful with no aggression towards each other or the montezuma. They either go their own way or spend some time together.

    Here is the male amidst frogbit roots
    adoketa-male.jpg

    and here is the pair together (this time with water lettuce roots)
    adoketa-pair.jpg

    I also picked up two pairs of Apistogramma iniridae that are a bit shy but I snatched this picture of a pair
    iniridae-pair.jpg
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    gerald Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    swordtails in soft acidic water?
  3. Bart Hazes

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    Swordfish came first acidic water second. I should really replace them with a more appropriate dither fish but they are as lively and eager to eat as always.
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