04-04-2009, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by catfishtabbi
Thank you Byron,i was wondering about acclimation, i will exercise care. I t shouldn't be stressful on them as the store i'll be getting them from also uses ro wtaer :) My waters ph is a strict 6.8 and i use ro water with ro right and black water expert. It so happens that ; with the exception of a few fish gouramis, danios and loaches, i pretty much have a characin tank. I'm considering a pvc tunnle ? but i fear the danios would drive them out and they may breed too much. I'm going to have a large group since they are very young, i will watch for behavior patterns and determine if any need to be rehomed as they mature. I read that when kept in larger groups male aggression is minimized and that bickering can go on for hours without any physical harm. So i will try 10(ten).It is true they stay to the floor, right ?
A tank pH of 6.8 is absolutely excellent. Is "ro right" some sort of additive? Perhaps you could explain a bit how you do the water.
Yes, apistos generally stay in the lower part of the water column, another reason it is good to have shoaling fish like tetras to keep the apistos feling more secure and provide interest; your setup sounds ideal. Personally I wouldn't bother with the pvc tunnel, just make sure there are a few "caves" of rock or wood. If you have more than one male in the group, each should have a cave to establish his territory. Aggression shouldn't be a problem if they can do this. They will naturally "chase" each other, and the females, that's normal and OK provided they can get out of each other's way and not be hounded. Ten is quite a few, remember they will grow and they are territorial. What size is the tank? You will probably find that one male will be dominant, and the other males will not develop to that extent as long as the dominant is there. That was my experience with Apistogramma bitaeniata which I acquired as a group of five small fish.