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Old 11-24-2017, 05:16 PM   #1
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Choosing Apistos

My LFS ordered some Cockatoo Cichlids for me. They got three males in a few days ago, and might be able to get in some females next week. They're holding the males right now to make sure that they are healthy, and so that they'll color up once they get calmed down. How to choose the best ones? I've never had any Cichlids before, and was wondering about their behavior. So how to tell if a male is the best one? Is it something to do with how they act? Their fin color or length?
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Old 11-24-2017, 05:34 PM   #2
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I would be looking for clamped fins, or not, full rounded bellies, and clear eyes. Color probably won’t be great in a Store tank. These guys like cover
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I know the basics, those that work for fish in general. Any other behavior or displays specific to Cichlids or Cockatoo Apistos? Actually, my LFS is a very good one, they have cover for the fish in the tanks, including flower pots. They take such good care of them that there is a breeding pair of Marlier's Julies in one of their display tanks.
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How big a tank are you planning to put them in? Mated pairs will form and defend a territory, pushing everyone else out.
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I've a 55g with a colony of guppies, a cory, and a 3" pleco. It also has leaf litter and 6 pots.
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I've a 55g with a colony of guppies, a cory, and a 3" pleco. It also has leaf litter and 6 pots.
I'm no expert, but I suspect that would support a couple of pairs.
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You could get away with 3 pair in a 55 probably.Need lots of cover for the pairs to claim and feel safe.
The Males should have a distinctly lyrate[lyre] caudal [tail ] fin while the females will be round or at best truncate.
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Okay, that helps a lot. One site that I read said that the females will claim and defend a 12" diameter territory, a 55g is 48" by 12". The leaf litter is in spots where it fell, and I've got a good sized bag of leaves that I can pick through. I have one good sized fake plant, and can easily get more at my LFS to put some space between the pots.
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I use terra cotta plant pots side ways and upside down in my apisto tanks.
I break some to make caves also.
Some apisto prefer to spawn in the pot upside down.Only the female should be able to fit through the hole.She will lay eggs around the hole in the pot and the will fertilize from outside the pot.
These are my hongslio with eggs in the pot.
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The pots are 2.5". I did not break them, too worried that the fish would hurt themselves on any jagged edges.
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