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Old 11-02-2006, 03:45 PM   #1
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considering adding apistos: good idea or bad idea?

i am considering adding 4-6 apistogrammas cacatuoides to my 92 gal C02 tank. tank members include:

cardinal tetras
rummy nose tetras
zebra botias
yo yo loaches
bristlenose plecos
otocinclus
cory cats

i am sure there would be no compatibility problems on most of these, except for the cory cats! i have read conflicting articles on the internet that either cory cats will do fine with apistos, or they won't. have any of you tried this?

before i had blue rams in my tank, but they kept getting sick. i honestly would love to try rams again, because they worked great with all of my cories, but i am doubting it'd be worth it to try again. basically though, i want to add some sort of cichlids to this tank.

my work has some really cool looking apistogrammas cacatuoides. they are young and smaller than my cory cats at this time. could they grow up with my cories peacefully? or should i maybe try bolivian rams or angel fish instead?

my tank has a lot of hiding places and great depth. here are some pics:


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Old 11-02-2006, 04:21 PM   #2
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I don't have any cories, but I do have two species of Apistos, trifasciata & cacatuoides, and I have several tetras, rams, angels, and a queesn arabesque plec in my 55 and I have no issues. Both my rams and the two Apisto species are spawning like mad too.

Let me just say about your tank..... WOW, awesome
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29 Gal. FW: 2 variatus platies, 6 cherry barbs, 10 harlequin rasboras, 1 opaline gourami, 1 hillstream loach, 1 Rio Jari pleco (L-316), 1 GBR

10 Gal. FW: 1 african clawed frog, 1 dwarf flame gourami

10 Gal. FW:tons of blue ram fry

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i'm sure it will be ok, i have heard some stories about them being agressive towards bottom dwellers while spawning but i think you will be alright.
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I think they will do great in there. Nice looking tank.
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my cockatoos do not bother my corys
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thank you!

now i am getting conflicting ideas from websites as of what apistos i should put in my tank. one suggests that i should only put males if i don't plan on breeding them (which i don't, but if it happens i won't mind)

another suggested that too many of the same species will cause territorial problems, and said i should get 3 pairs of different species (suggested a pair of cacatuoides, a pair of aggaizzi, and a pair of borelli).

the final thing i've read is to get all the same species, but have about 3-4 females per male

obviously all of these suggestions conflict eachother. what do you guys think would be the best choice? i'm hoping to have at least 6 apistos all together
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I have read that they do best in groups up to 10+ but i suppose a lot of fish do aswell.
I had a pair of cockatoo's and the male was very agressive towards the female which proved fatal in the end I was too late on seperating them and thought he'd calm it eventually. I would like to try them again but i'd want to get a 30gal+ first.

I don't think my 20gal was big enough or had enough room for them to be peaceful. Your tank should be more than enough and with at least 2 female's to a male i think you'll be fine.

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In most Apistos one male needs 3 or 4 females.....they are mostly harem breeders and don't usually do so well with just one girl. My trifasciata have disproven this however, the boy in there is totally happy with just one girl and they have spawned.

I also have cacatuoides in there with them. I have one male and 3 females. They get along fine with each other. So, I have 2 species of Apistos, a ram couple, 3 angels, and a couple of tetra schools and no aggression issues. The two Apisto species and the rams will chase each other of of their respective terriotries, but nothing overly aggressive.

I say go for it.
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do best in groups of 10, eh? that does not sound bad to me, as i think i'd rather have the apistos be the centerpiece for the aquarium, like the featured species


i'm gonna start with cacatuoides, probably one male and 3 females, we'll see how that turns out at first. i'll let you guys know. thanks!
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