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KaylNeko 01-19-2012 11:50 AM

Preferred tank level of Apistogramma cacatuoides
 
Hey guys. I've been looking at the Apistogramma cacatuoides (probably not for the current tank--not enough room *lol*) but I was wondering...I was researching it, and I tend to list fish and put whether they're top, middle, or bottom dwellers, or all over fish like my betta. I can't find anywhere that says where these guys prefer to hang out. I have seen that the rams like to hang out on the bottom levels--does that follow through for most dwarf cichlids? Or are these guys more all over types so that's why a level's not listed?

Tazman 01-19-2012 01:54 PM

generally they prefer the bottom to middle areas of a tank.

KaylNeko 01-19-2012 02:02 PM

Cool, thanks. ^_^ I like keeping the tank balanced out on who hangs out where, so that's a lot of help for when I get a tank going that I can have them *lol* I like to plan in advance. ^__^

Tazman 01-19-2012 02:09 PM

You do know they require a fair amount of work to give them the right environment to live in?

pH of less than 7.5
80F temp
Soft water, most tap water is hard. Many people us RO/DI water and add buffers to replace the nutrients lost.

KaylNeko 01-19-2012 02:14 PM

I've seen. :) No worries--by the time I'm ready to set up a cichlid tank, I will probably have a marine tank already and have invested in an RO/DI for that. May also experiment with peat in the interim. Like I said, not in the plans atm, but I'm one of those that likes to ask the question when it comes to mind--otherwise, I tend to forget *rofl*. Appreciate the info! ^_^

Tazman 01-19-2012 02:16 PM

Welcome and it is very handy to ask before impulse buying and not have fish die on you as you have no idea how to care for them.

Best of luck if you do decide to get them, they are very nice fish once colored up.

KaylNeko 01-19-2012 02:21 PM

It is. I got lucky in that I'm naturally a research-aholic. =D And they are beautiful! I know I'm probably going to get lynched being as it's the cichild forum (hehehe), but not a big fan of cichilds in general--I like the rams, and I love this species, though. I was thinking about putting on in the tank I'm setting up now, but research made me decide to wait on another tank for that.

Tazman 01-19-2012 03:28 PM

Cichlids are rather interesting but yet take some time and plenty of research.

My 180G tank which has been established for a few years now, took several tries to get right. I have an all male Hap/Peacock setup, I had 5 spare tanks on hand when I was initially setting it up.

Research is also the way to go, I believe in it a lot. No point in getting a fish that will live an unhappy life in a tank not suitable for it.

Imagine yourself in their shoes and you get the point of doing research.

KaylNeko 01-19-2012 06:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tazman (Post 956232)
Cichlids are rather interesting but yet take some time and plenty of research.

My 180G tank which has been established for a few years now, took several tries to get right. I have an all male Hap/Peacock setup, I had 5 spare tanks on hand when I was initially setting it up.

Research is also the way to go, I believe in it a lot. No point in getting a fish that will live an unhappy life in a tank not suitable for it.

Imagine yourself in their shoes and you get the point of doing research.


Agreed. :lol: It's also a good way to pass the time when it's going to be a while before you can get what you're waiting for (did this with most critters since when I decided I wanted them, I couldn't do it right away. Also gives time to change your mind :-P ).

Cichlids are fascinating. It's just most of them as I research wind up getting put in the "fascinating to read about and look at" file rather than the "I want!" file *shrug* Bolivian Rams and these guys, otoh, had me trying to figure out if I could work them into the current tank going up. But I'm kind of set on the pearl gouramis as the "display" fish, and the bottom's already kind of full of corys and pitbull plecos *sigh*

^_^


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