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Old 04-06-2014, 11:38 PM   #1
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Apistogramma!

So I'm gettin 2 pairs of double orange apistogramma cacatuoides Tuesday so I I have literally one whole day to prepare for these 4 beautiful fish. Water perimeters are perfect ammo 0 nitrates 0 nitrites 0 did a water change 1 day ago 30% and ph is at 7.2 which I've heard a variety of of different tales of ph and apistos I hear on one hand that apistos must be in the range of 6.5-7.0 and on the other hand that ph isn't a big factor as long as it's between 6.0-7.8 and with a slow acclimation process. So my question to you all is, is there an ideal ph for apistos and if so how can I bring my ph down with out stunning my existing fish without chemicals (looking for a natural solution). Tank info: 55 gallon tank fluval 405 and quiet flow 55/75 plants and drift wood.
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Old 04-07-2014, 04:17 AM   #2
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I've done PWC with 1/2 tap 1/2 Distilled to bring down my PH and TDS for my Shrimp tanks. Might work for you ? Or add driftwood. I also use Indian Almond Leaves.


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Old 04-07-2014, 04:18 AM   #3
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Wait you are adding Apistos to a tank with Rams ??? Won't they fight ?? I know GBRs will kill Apistos. Don't know about Bolivians. GL


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Old 04-07-2014, 07:02 AM   #4
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You will have 4 dead apisto's in one night, rams are extremely territorial, apisto's make a statement but will not finish/kill their target.. Bolivians will.. My apisto's are doing perfectly fine in a ph 7.5, they spawned last month..
Edit- apisto's kill too, just remembered I used to have 2 females:/
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So rams plus apisto equals trouble looks like rams are moving to my daughters tank I need room any way in case they breed which both pair are supposed to be proven breeders (shoot! They better be at $50/pair) thanks guys?
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So rams plus apisto equals trouble looks like rams are moving to my daughters tank I need room any way in case they breed which both pair are supposed to be proven breeders (shoot! They better be at $50/pair) thanks guys?
yah, cichlids are aggressive fish.. The cac's are $50 a pair??
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yah, cichlids are aggressive fish.. The cac's are $50 a pair??

Yep, I live in the central part of west Texas and we only have petsmart and a saltwater lfs that lfs is going out on a limb to order me freshwater fish and still keep their 30 day guarantee so he said he's getting them for 40/ pair but insuring for another ten incase one dies he can pay for another which I don't mind cause if this goes well I'll be getting a few red and Pinoy blue angels from this guy I don't mind paying my local lfs if they are able to get me uncommon fish
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If you were closer I'd send you a pair!! I paid just under $40 for mine.. They're worth it though. Great fish!!

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If you were closer I'd send you a pair!! I paid just under $40 for mine.. They're worth it though. Great fish!!

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Great looking fish! Are those double orange or orange flash?
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Sold as double orange.. I've seen pics if the sane named fish that look a bit different, his tail isn't fully colored because my nasty little killi's had a midnight snack.. They are great fish, tons of personality, he's gotten big too, almost 3.5"
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