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Thread: Cockatoo Apistogramma
12-30-2013, 08:10 PM #1
In the future im wanting to get some Cockatoo's for my 29 gallon community. Im thinking 1 male and 2 females, however i'm concerned with how sensitive they are/arent. I do weekly water changes of 25 - 30%, whereas articles on the web indicate you should do small 10 - 15% changes with this species.
Could I get away with doing the larger changes?
^ My 29 Gallon: Betta, White Cloud Minnows, Neon Tetras, Honey Gourami, Sparkling Gourami, Black Phantom Tetras, Rosy Tetras, Bolivian Ram, African Dwarf Frogs, Amano Shrimp
Family 65 Gallon: Zebra Danios, Neon Tetras, Silver Dollar, Black Widows, Pentazona Barbs, Kribensis, Odessa Barbs, Clown loach
12-30-2013, 08:17 PM #2
12-30-2013, 08:28 PM #3
01-11-2014, 12:37 PM #4
I've had success with them. You can build them to be a tad bit hardier than most articles. With water changes you should gradually decrease the amount to about 15-20% if possible. I just monitored the levels, ensuring I wasn't making drastic changes to existing species.
Havin 2-3 females also gave me great results because the stress a male can put on one female just becomes a headache!!Stuck w/ 2 many Hobbies...
01-11-2014, 05:48 PM #5Member Angelfish
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I have tried these and I don't think my issues was the 50% water changes, but their compatibility with each other. I really want to try again. My first pair had free swimming fry within a week of introduction to the tank. The fry were gone, however, in about two to three weeks as I also had 2 GBR's in the tank. The male then died and I'm not sure if was the female's aggression or not, but she was relentless when guarding the fry.
I bought another male about a month later, and within a few weeks I then lost the original female. Male stressing her maybe? There was never any breeding from this new pairing. So now I want to try again. I still have the second male and thought of getting two females. But will the females bother each other if one were to breed?
01-12-2014, 03:00 AM #6
I would suggest 2 females. Apistos (not all) but most of the ones I had lived longer with multiple females around one male. I had most success when I had 3 to 1 male ratio. The females did not show too much aggression but it might have been because I introduced the females first (ol' lil trick) they cooperate and then when I brought in the male it just yielded better results then when I introduced them at the same time.
If this makes any since hahaStuck w/ 2 many Hobbies...
01-12-2014, 05:36 PM #7
I recommend 3-4 females to 1 male. You will get more flash from your male, you will get less aggression if the appisto pairs out because they are harrem breeders they would then have 2 fish focussed on 1 female left out in the cold and that could cause some serious abuse. 50%-75% water changes daily have not stopped my fish from spawning previously. Just match the temp and make sure the chemical components are there to not cause any fluctutions in ph.FW: 1 45gal, 1 40gal, 3 10gal, 3 30gal all community tanks of different species
Sw: 1 55gal, 1 30gal show, 1 29gal show, 1 20gal and 2 10's