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Old 12-14-2015, 05:24 PM   #1
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Please help me sex my first apistos

Hi, I've had Oscars 20+ years ago but I was able to get these apistos iniridae free due to member points for my fish club. They are my first. These pictures are from when I was beginning to acclimate them. Are the males the darker fish?
When I figure out who is male can I put a single male in with some corys and no other fish? How aggressive are these fish? I was told there are most likely 2 males but I'm not positive and I want more info. I've been trying to read up on these fish so if there is a go to website I need to read or a book let me know please.
I've been feeding white worms and a little frozen brine and blood worms and they seriously love the whiteworms. There are a few very small guppy fry I couldn't catch in their tank. Will they eat them? I don't mind of they do. Actually I hope they do. I need a way to cull.
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Old 12-14-2015, 05:35 PM   #2
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Darker coloration are stress marks.

It's hard to tell based on the pictures, and how washed out they are. Once they settle in to a tank, try taking pics then. Gillie and Brooks should be able to chime in and offer more help


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Gotcha. That's helpful, thank you.

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Old 12-14-2015, 05:50 PM   #4
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They may eat them, probably not. It's a toss up really


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Old 12-14-2015, 07:45 PM   #5
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I believe the male gets blotches in abdomen(middle stripe).
I found this link looking for info on my Hongslio;

Apistogramma iniridae

Also found this site and Brooks!

Apistogramma Iniridae | Apistogramma.com
Gillie will probably have better more recent info,needless to say...
I'll bother him here for info on the Hongslio if you don't mind...?
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Sure! The more we can all learn in one spot for those giving out info the better!

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Yup, that's a great forum, Mike wise knows his stuff!!

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The guy front and center in the last pic is definitely male, but the others are too close together to really tell, but I do have my suspicions about the guy in the back with the red dorsal tips.

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Hey Gillie I got 6 Hongslio..
I am growing them out in a 55g with quarter sized angels.
I am sure of one male.
Any and all advice for growing out and breeding is appreciated...
All info would be helpful as all listed is very generic IMO...
Right down to proper water if possible.
I have read many links and asked a few other places without answer yet...
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I added a small bag of peat last night during their water change. Today mine are out and about much more.

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