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Trifasciata

Discussion in 'General Dwarf Cichlids' started by BigDaddyAdo, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. BigDaddyAdo

    BigDaddyAdo New Member 5 Year Member

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    Im curious as to why Trifasciata arent a popular Apisto???

    Any ideas?
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    dw1305 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Hi all,
    I don't know why, they are really beautiful fish and not too demanding. My only thought is that when they aren't happy, they don't have the blue sheen, and look a bit washed out.

    Locally you rarely can find any Apistogramma, but when you do other than "Blue-steel" (always mis-id'ed) they are the red selections of agassizii, hongsloi, cacatuoides and occasionally macmasteri (although not necessarily under any of those names). I think it is possibly a red fish thing as often the only other small non-malawi cichlid for sale is Hemichromis "lifalili".

    I'm not sure about elsewhere in the UK, but the only shop I've ever seen A. trifasciata in locally (Bristol/Bath/Swindon area) was in the Maidenhead Aquatics in Brislington (Bristol), and theirs were both relatively expensive (£18.50 a pair) and all males.

    cheers Darrel
  3. gingerbeer

    gingerbeer Member 5 Year Member

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    Slow growth rate must have something to do with it - you gotta be dedicated to breed them, whereas anyone will breed cacatoides.
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    mummymonkey Member 5 Year Member

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    I didn't find trifasciata to be particularly slow growing. The only problem I had was nobody would buy my young fish.

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    chris1932 Forum Donor Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    I had problems getting females from spawns. If I manipulated to many things they stopped spawning, plus I had trouble finding all those males homes. Pretty fish though.
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    Hassles New Member 5 Year Member

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    slow ?

    I don;t know about slow growing - my fry from July are growing at a very raopid rate. I am however under the impression that this Apisto specie matures slowly (according to the cichlid atlas) so perhaps they won't breed as soon any many oher species.