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Substrate for apisto and other dwarf cichlid tank


I am going to setup up a 40g breeder mixed dwarf cichlids tank including apisto, german rams and checkerboard along with some sterbai cory and some cardinal and I am not gonna keep any plants. Just spider woods and black lava rocks for decoration. I know sand is great for these fish but beside the sand is there any other substrate that is also good? I am thinking of black gravel or Caribsea super nature blue ridge gravel.


Manteigas, Guarda, Portugal
I'm not a very frequent visitor of the forum and normally only browse the 'new world cichlids' pages.
Now, I wanted to post a question and stumbled over this unanswered thread. That's not good.
I'm not an expert, but as nobody else has answered, I'll give my 'two cents', with an obvious answer (to me, it's obvious...)
In a breeding tank, NEVER mix more than one species at a time, specially tetras and cory's, as they most likely will eat all eggs or fry.

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I am Hanzle from Holland and keep apistoos for 40 years. Had my own aquarium shop from 1984 till 1988. Always s great fan from apistoos and hyphessobrycon which is s great combination in a Community Aquarium. Perhaps.....in the near future I start breeding apistoos again. Have a 400 liters Community aquarium for hyphessobrycon wadai and apistogramma biteaniata.
I want to get a 55 gallon slightly planted tank with many caves and I am thinking of getting 2 electric blue acaras, 3 blue rams, a apistogramma, 3 angelfish, and some corrydoras. Will that work if I keep the temperature at about and 80 or less?
I have kept fish for quite a long time but never cichlids. I want to find out more about them.
my Hongsloi, keep eating their eggs, any help greatly appreciated
The Shrimp Pimp wrote on fredmir1's profile.
Hi Fred, do you have any apistos for sale? I'm looking for Apistogramma trifasciata. I'm about an hour and a half from Mtl.