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  • #301987

    Michelle
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    So I now have my A. Borelli. Lovely fish, well chuffed.

    My kribs are still sitting on a brood of a dozen or so little ‘uns.

    But my mind is already wondering to what next? It’ll be a few months before I do anything (and dependant on my A. Borellii doing well) but I want to start thinking about research, planning ahead.

    I want to try another Apisto. Already done A. Cacatuoides and A. Agassizzi years back.

    I have a 60l tank, when I move the kribs out, which I’m thinking to set up similar to the A. Borellii tank. Pots, bogwood, plants and air filter. My tap water is 7.5ph and >14gh. So far the RO has worked a treat for the A. Borellii keeping a nice even 6.8ph and 7-10gh.

    I’m thinking A. Cruzi, A. Euonotus, A. Hongsloi, A. Trifasciata maybe …?

    Anybody have any ideas? What’s your experience? Would these species suit? Maybe you know something better suited or more interesting? Where should I be looking to get my hands on them?

    I do want to try something a bit more unusual than the run of the mill types. Though not too tricky, I’m still a novice.

    #347082

    ste12000
    Member

    QUOTE (Michelle @ Feb 5 2012, 05:51 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    So I now have my A. Borelli. Lovely fish, well chuffed.

    My kribs are still sitting on a brood of a dozen or so little ‘uns.

    But my mind is already wondering to what next? It’ll be a few months before I do anything (and dependant on my A. Borellii doing well) but I want to start thinking about research, planning ahead.

    I want to try another Apisto. Already done A. Cacatuoides and A. Agassizzi years back.

    I have a 60l tank, when I move the kribs out, which I’m thinking to set up similar to the A. Borellii tank. Pots, bogwood, plants and air filter. My tap water is 7.5ph and >14gh. So far the RO has worked a treat for the A. Borellii keeping a nice even 6.8ph and 7-10gh.

    I’m thinking A. Cruzi, A. Euonotus, A. Hongsloi, A. Trifasciata maybe …?

    Anybody have any ideas? What’s your experience? Would these species suit? Maybe you know something better suited or more interesting? Where should I be looking to get my hands on them?

    I do want to try something a bit more unusual than the run of the mill types. Though not too tricky, I’m still a novice.

    Hi Michelle, how about joining the BCA forum, we have all the UK’s(and Europes) leading dwarf cichlid experts under one roof.. Its a friendly place and ONE of the best places to discuss dwarfs and especially Apistogramma http://www.britishcichlid.org.uk/phpBB3/

    Any of the mentioned fish would be fine for your next project, A.eunotus are beautiful fish and easy to breed, i currently have plenty of fry from a wild pair which may be ready when you start your next project?

    Apistogramma hongsloi is another very beautiful Apisto but most stocks are mass produced so be careful with selection, look for deformaties and small stunted fish.
    Very pretty though and easy to breed,

    Apistogramma trifasciata is a very pretty fish with big fins and stunning colours. Again this is one of the easier to find fish and is bred commercially in Europe, occasionally wild shipments do come through and again the BCA forum is usually the best place to find out whats currently available in the UK dwarf cichlid hobby. A.trifasciata are easy to keep and breed but not very prolific, 20-30 fry is around the average.

    The true Apistogramma cruzi(as defined by the Holotype) is a very rare fish in the hobby, only one genuine collection has taken place in the last decade and a few fish were spread out into the hobby. As far i i know these have not become established and may once again become a almost mythical species similar to the true A.veijita(all A.veijita sold in shops up and down the country are domestic forms of macmasteri!)
    If your buying a fish labeled as A.cruzi you can expect either a A.eunotus variant or possible a A.sp ‘Pebas’ group fish. Its extremely unlikely to be true A.cruzi.

    Hope this helps and whets your appitite for Apistos.. Im mad on them aswell and it gets addictive collecting and breeding all the various species.

    #347084

    Matt
    Keymaster

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    Hi Michelle, this forum isnt really the place to post about Dwarf cichlids, not many members keep them, how about joining the BCA forum, we have all the UK’s(and Europes) leading dwarf cichlid experts under one roof.. Its a friendly place and the best place to discuss dwarfs and especially Apistogramma http://www.britishcichlid.org.uk/phpBB3/

    Er, pardon?

    #347086

    ste12000
    Member

    QUOTE (Matt @ Feb 9 2012, 10:51 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Er, pardon? /tongue.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:p” border=”0″ alt=”tongue.gif” />

    #347088

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Ste, I’ve no issue whatsoever with the BCA being endorsed here, links being posted, etc., but to do so in such a way that undermines this site is not ok in my opinion since I would never, and never have, done the same myself elsewhere.

    To give you an example, we don’t focus on any particular fish or fishes, so to say a certain group is “not our priority” gives a false impression, and in fact is just plain wrong.

    #347091

    ste12000
    Member

    QUOTE (Matt @ Feb 9 2012, 11:07 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Ste, I’ve no issue whatsoever with the BCA being endorsed here, links being posted, etc., but to do so in such a way that undermines this site is not ok in my opinion since I would never, and never have, done the same myself elsewhere.

    To give you an example, we don’t focus on any particular fish or fishes, so to say a certain group is “not our priority” gives a false impression, and in fact is just plain wrong.

    Ooops, Sorry Matt, i really didnt mean that to be confrontational nor offensive. Im sorry that your upset by my post, your more than welcome to remove the whole thing.

    It was not my intention to damage the reputation of this website/forum..Not at all.. My point was that you do not have many MEMBERS that focus on cichlids, not the forum itself..

    Please remove my upsetting post and consider my arse slapped..

    #347092

    Matt
    Keymaster

    How’s about we leave it as is and remove some of your fingernails instead?

    #347095

    ste12000
    Member

    QUOTE (Matt @ Feb 9 2012, 11:41 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    How’s about we leave it as is and remove some of your fingernails instead?
    #347096

    Michelle
    Participant

    Hi

    Thanks for the advice, glad my little bit of research wasn’t completely off the mark. I may well follow up on your A. Euonotus when I’m ready. Shame about A. Cruzi lovely looking fish. I did run across the A. Vijita/A. Macmasteri issue a couple of years ago. I bought what I thought was A. Viejita but iut clearly wasn’t.

    I didn’t mean to start a fight guys.

    I’m not much of a blogger. I joined this forum on the basis the knowledge base is excellent and so easy to follow, I’ve been using it for years, and the forum seemed really relaxed and friendly no matter how daft the question. Other forums don’t deal with novices and amateurs with their inane questions in nearly so friendly a manner as you guys do.

    I’ll look up the BCA as well. There’s so much contradictory adivce out there its always worth cultivating different perspectives. Also, I thought/assumed they were a bit more serious than dealing with the likes of me and my amateur questions and hadn’t looked into it at all.

    Keep smiling.

    Michelle

    #347097

    ste12000
    Member

    QUOTE (Michelle @ Feb 9 2012, 01:24 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Hi

    Thanks for the advice, glad my little bit of research wasn’t completely off the mark. I may well follow up on your A. Euonotus when I’m ready. Shame about A. Cruzi lovely looking fish. I did run across the A. Vijita/A. Macmasteri issue a couple of years ago. I bought what I thought was A. Viejita but iut clearly wasn’t.

    I didn’t mean to start a fight guys.

    I’m not much of a blogger. I joined this forum on the basis the knowledge base is excellent and so easy to follow, I’ve been using it for years, and the forum seemed really relaxed and friendly no matter how daft the question. Other forums don’t deal with novices and amateurs with their inane questions in nearly so friendly a manner as you guys do.

    I’ll look up the BCA as well. There’s so much contradictory adivce out there its always worth cultivating different perspectives. Also, I thought/assumed they were a bit more serious than dealing with the likes of me and my amateur questions and hadn’t looked into it at all.

    Keep smiling.

    Michelle

    Michelle, we are all amateurs and all still learning! im sure most forums are most welcoming to questions like yours.. Pop in at the BCA and introduce yourself, its as friendly as Seriously fish and you will be made welcome.

    Have a read all about A.cruzi and its collection here.. Toms site is a must have for all serious Apisto fans! http://apisto.sites.no/page.aspx?PageId=60

    #347101

    Michelle
    Participant

    Already on my faves! One of the places I go to do my ‘research’ (well ‘admiring the pics’ and dreaming up a new tank). His collecting adventures are a fun read.

    I’d love to keep all of these species but time and space will only allow so much. I’ll invest in a RO filter thingy one day and maybe then another tank or two …

    #347113

    valve21
    Member

    Don’t you have to pay a fee to join the B.C.A???

    #347116

    Michelle
    Participant

    Forum membership is free. There is a fee for full membership, £5 I believe. Plenty of useful info on the non-members area though.

    #347121

    valve21
    Member

    Oh, Excellent,
    thanks.

    #347123

    Fishcrazy1
    Participant

    QUOTE (ste12000 @ Feb 9 2012, 10:57 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    I didnt mean to upset you guys but its true, Michelles question went unanswered for 4 days solid! it would of been answered within minutes at the BCA because we have many more Apistogramma hobbiests within our ranks.

    Seriously fish is one of the best forums/websites on the web, you cant be good at everything and cichlids are not your priority.. Nothing wrong with that and after all who could be better at cichlids than the specialists????

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