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Apistogramma Cacatuoides

11 years 7 months ago #279 by rm-slover
Replied by rm-slover on topic Apistogramma Cacatuoides
i have a fine grain sand in my demasoni tank, and my caudopunctatus tank. for a planted tank though the sand is far to fine.  i called the lanscaping place where i got my feather rock and they have large grain sand there for $2.50 for 40 pounds. i'm going to get some tomorrow. also the 2 sidea and back are painted black as well. the light currently on the tank is a 50/50 light. that i will change before i add plants.

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11 years 7 months ago #278 by Nuchal Man
Replied by Nuchal Man on topic Apistogramma Cacatuoides
Ray, I doubt that the hard water had anything to do with the failed spawn. It was most likely the pairs first spawn, and it usually takes Centrals and South Americans a few tries to get it right.

Apisto. cacatoides are so line bred, that they are tollerent of many water types, including hard water. My water is 7.4-7.6 ph, and I spawned mine out of that with no issues.

As far as the color of the fish, could be because of stress from the change of the tank when you took out the rams, but it could also be from the substrate. A good example of a fish that changes over substrate is Neolamp. leleupi. My dad bought a group of 4 yellow leleupi, and put them in a tank with black gravel. The fish turned a dark brown to nearly black color. He later moved them to a tank with a lighter sand substrate, and they turned orange/yellow. As far as substrate, if you are looking for a quick fix, go with the home depot sand blasting sand. It is probably small for what you are looking for with plants, but it is cheap and they always have it.

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11 years 7 months ago - 11 years 6 months ago #252 by rm-slover
i bought a Trio of Cac's from peter durkin at the swap before last (Oct or Nov). i have a them in a 20 long and had then with 14 Mikrogeophagus alitspinosa (3/4 of an inch or smaller) well the trio started to spawn, so i pulled the rams and left the Trio in the tank with some flower pots. the eggs were eaten, probably not fertalized because of the hard water, straight tap at the time.

i currently have them over black super fine gravel, similar to the Color Quartz. i wanted to have that tank be a planted tank with anubius, and crypts but havent gotten there yet, i've been busy working on my masters degree. im concern is that they are not showing nearly as much interest in spawning, and have all turned an almost black color. they are so black that i sometimes have a hard time finding them in the tank.

does anyone keep apistos in a small planted tank and if so what kind of substrate do you use? also where can i get sand, but not the super fine stuff, but the larger grains people used for plant tanks.  I have kept cac's before but in a florite tank and they had good color, but i didnt like to look of florite. also if i change the substrate to a light brown color substrate how soon the the cac's return to a nice color.

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