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Apistogramma Sp. nadelstreifen Observations
February 22, 2010
7:10 am
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Colin
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Hi all,

No pics to share just now but just a wee interesting story about Apistogramma sp. "Nadelstreifen" which I have had since November. I originally had two males and four females but I lost a pair when I transferred them to a tank of their own to see if they would spawn. It was about the same time in December that I lost a few fish after a water change around Xmas and can only assume that the new water wasn't so good?

Anyway, that left a male and three females in a 36x12x12 with a bare substrate other than a few big handfuls of beech leaves and a clump of plastic plants in the middle which breaks up the line of sight. The fish had at least one coconut shell cave each and some typical plec slate caves. No other fish are in the tank.

Last Sunday I spotted a female with six fry about 5mm long, she was out and about letting them feed underneath her while they fed on grindal worm. The next day she was down to five fry and I just made the decision to leave them in and if the other fish went after the fry then that would just be bad luck but this way the female is learning how to care for the young.

Last night I counted my usual five fry and then counted six, seven and eight. Much smaller fry were swimming with the original group and after a closer look a female on the other side of the tank is now swimming about with a shoal of about twenty fry under her.

I watched them for a while and the two females will occasionally flare at each other across the tangle of plastic plants in the middle but the fry are quite freely mixing from both females and are now almost split equally.

Female no. three is holed up in another cave and looks like she is fanning at the roof so this could be batch three? (Busy Male)

I have never spawned an Apisto species in a group before, is this fairly typical of the females in this postion?

February 22, 2010
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Mixed breeding groups of trifasciata and eunotus have always ended up with the dominant female collecting all the fry and banishing the other females to the space behind the filter. 24"x24"x12" and 24"x10"x10" tanks.

February 22, 2010
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February 24, 2010
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Well, I wimped out last night and took the fry out of the tank. They started to disappear quickly from the spare fish eating them. I got about a dozen out of the tank and as they are different sizes they must be from different females.

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