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post #11 of 13 Old 04-04-2012, 11:32 AM
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OK, well none of the fry made it, though a few made it longer than I thought (found them swimming amongst the floating plants).

But the pair already spawned again! Is this going to keep happening or will there be a time where they give it a rest? How frequently do spawning pairs spawn?

If they keep going at this rate I'm going to have to rehome the Apisto as it's not fair to him to be continually chased. There are hiding spots, and they've done no damage, but when they are spawning they chase a lot more. When they're not spawning there's minimal problems, maybe a bit of food guarding but that's about it. If it was only going to be here and there, he'd be fine, but if it keeps happening like this he'll never get a break. I definitely did not anticipate this.

Looks like I have to get that fry tank going sooner than later...
This is one of my negatives with cichlids. If you have a pair, they will repeatedly spawn; if the fry survive, they look after them (normally, sometimes initial spawnings don't quite make it) but if not, they spawn again. I'm not sure of precise time frames; my Bolivians were I think about 6-8 weeks. Apistogramma baenschi similar, but going from weak memory.

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post #12 of 13 Old 04-05-2012, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, that's why I tried to get all males to avoid this. Another option would be to set up a breeder/small tank for the laetacara, but that would require convincing of the husband. ;) What size tank would work for that sort of setup? Then I'd kind of get the best of both worlds - ability to keep the pair and watch their behaviors, but still have a community, and have a couple different dwarf species to watch.
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Yes, that's why I tried to get all males to avoid this. Another option would be to set up a breeder/small tank for the laetacara, but that would require convincing of the husband. ;) What size tank would work for that sort of setup? Then I'd kind of get the best of both worlds - ability to keep the pair and watch their behaviors, but still have a community, and have a couple different dwarf species to watch.
From my somewhat limited experience, I would not keep more than one species of Neotropical cichlid (in male/female pairs or groups) in the same tank, and I have done this in up to 90g tanks. They always get killed off, presumably by each other, until one male is left.

Single species can work in relatively small tanks. I would say a 20g long (30-inch length) for most species. I had a successful group (5) of wild Apistogramma bitaeniata [then known as A. kleii] in a 24-inch 15g many years ago (1980's), and raised a couple of successful spawns. But that was my first cichlid experience, I would opt for the larger space. I had no other fish in with them, and I now think it is better to have some dither fish.

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