Need info on some cichlids (apistos)
I found this picture of an Apistogramma Cacatuoides "triple red". This fish is incredible! Can someone tell me a little about it? Would a trio work in my planted 28 gallon with a school of cardinal tetras? Could I add anything else (like ottos or my platies)?
I have very soft water with a high ph. I'm thinking that the ph from the tap is about 7.4-8, but the ph goes up to 8.2 in my tank. Can't figure out why. Could these cichlids do well in this water, or would I need to adjust it?
What kind of maintanance do these fish need to thrive?
Here's the pic
Those fish require lower pH than what you've got there, and if it were me, I wouldn't risk spending that much money on a gamble. I would think about ways to lower your pH before you bought them.
From what I've read though, cardinals/neons make perfect tankmates and I don't see why Oto's wouldn't work. Not sure about platies, since they generally prefer harder water and higher pH.
I agree though...great looking fish.
Ya, I definatly don't want to risk it. What's the highest pH I could keep them healthy in??
About how much do they cost?
$60, and those are only double reds.
Sounds like a birthday thing. :D I still want them... if I can adjust my pH.
James, did you test your rocks and substrate for change in pH?
The substrate is two types of small natural gravel with a layer of laterite underneath. I thought that both bags of gravel said it was pH nuetral, but I guess it would be stupid not to check it anyway. In an earlier post I asked if laterite had any effect on pH, but no responses yet.
How do I check the gravel? Check some water straight out of the faucet, and then check it again after the gravel has been in it a while??
Sounds good, will do. I think I'd like to upgrade to Eco-Complete anyway. Guess it's time to get a job. This whole fish thing is expensive...
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