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Pio Linhares

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Hi Everyone
This is my first attempt at keeping Apistos
Heres what I have
Can someone identify them ?
As of now I think I have 2 females and 4 males
The 2 females are displaying yellow breeding colours and flirting with the males
A male that looked like a female was a mistake of the seller but the tail said it all
Thanks
Pio
 

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Ben Rhau

Apisto Club
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San Francisco
Thanks Ben. Yes they are different. 17 Gallon Tank
Assuming the footprint is 24 x 12 inches, that tank is large enough to safely accommodate a pair of the cacatouides, or one male each of the cacatuoides and agassizii, or one apisto total.

If you keep all the fish in the tank, there will be conflict, and this will be especially bad when one of the pairs starts breeding.

If you decide to keep a pair, you should be prepared that it will breed, and that will likely create a need for additional tank space.

Cheers
 

Pio Linhares

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Location
Mumbai
Thanks Ben. Yes will keep that in mind. Once a pair is set. Ill move the others to another tank. Ive read of the female aggression once she breeds.
 

Ben Rhau

Apisto Club
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Location
San Francisco
Something to keep in mind is that cacatuoides are polygamous, so you don’t have to wait for a pair to be “set.” A male will breed with any female.

Cheers
 

Pio Linhares

New Member
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Location
Mumbai
Oh Thanks. Glad to learn this here.

So any male Cacatuoides can breed with any female apisto of the same species. Can they breed with other species also ? What about females, same traits ? So is the Agassizii the loner there ?
 

Ben Rhau

Apisto Club
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So any male Cacatuoides can breed with any female apisto of the same species. Can they breed with other species also ? What about females, same traits ?
Generally speaking, you can expect a male to breed with every female in a properly decorated tank of sufficient size. If there are multiple males, then the dominant one will breed with multiple femaies. That said, your animals aren't safe in their current configuration, so I advise you to select a pair and move the other fish to tanks that can safely accommodate them.

Do species interbreed? Sometimes. It's highly discouraged in the hobby, because you can't predict their health or well being. Also, you don't want to spread hybrids in the hobby, since this can compromise the maintenance of the true lines.

So is the Agassizii the loner there ?
Not sure what you mean by "loner," other that that it is the one of its own species. Fish do not get "lonely," so it can live perfectly well on its own or in a tank that does not include another pair of cichlids. Since you're new to apistos, I do not recommend that you pair it off immediately, since you already have multiple potential pairs on your hands. Better to learn first. Highly polygamous species like these are prone to extreme aggression when breeding can't be accommodated. So you should see this behavior first and understand how to deal with it, and also what happens when they do breed.

Lots of great basic information on apistos here: http://www.dwarfcichlid.com/index.php

Cheers
 

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