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What are these?

Discussion in 'South American Cichlid Identification' started by OHR, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. OHR

    OHR Member 5 Year Member

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    Bought these guys from my LFS as "WC apisto mix, Brasil".
    They are both quite large, the female about the size of my full grown A. baenschi and the male slightly larger than her.

    After a few weeks they have coloured up nicely and I am wondering what they really are and if they are a pair of the same type?

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  2. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Nice pair of A. hippolytae. This is a blackwater species. They need water similar to A. bitaeniata for breeding. For maintenance, most water values will work if they aren't too extreme.
  3. OHR

    OHR Member 5 Year Member

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    Thanks Mike, that was quick.
  4. OHR

    OHR Member 5 Year Member

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    I have put the pair in a 60 liter breeding tank and think something is about to happen.
    Does the male in this species help out in the broodcare or should I just remove him once spawning is confirmed?
  5. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Female A. hippolytae, like other steindachneri-group species, are not particularly aggressive toward males. Sometimes the males will help with the fry if there are predatory fish in the same tank (this is similar to what is observed in the wild). Unless the female is overly aggressive, I see no problem with keeping the fish in a 60 l aquarium.