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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 6:26 pm Post subject: Breeding Apistogramma cacatuoides Reply with quote

 Apistogramma  cacatuoides  -  Acquired  these  beauties  a  few  months  ago...
 
 
 One  of  the  most  colorful  and  sort  after  dwarf  cichlids  in  the  world.  Found  in  Peru  in  and  around  the  Rio  Ucayali  river.  
 The  king  with  his  queens
 
 
 Apistogramma  cacatuoides  are  harem  breeders  where  one  male  patrols  a  big  territory,  which  would  be  subdivided  between  a  group  of  females.  They  can  be  bred  in  pairs  as  well.  I  have  made  a  harem  comprising  1  male  and  3  females.  Previously  they  were  housed  in  a  50”*24”*24”  densely  planted  tank  all  by  themselves,  where  they  bred  for  the  first  time,  now  they  are  housed  in  a  18”*12”*12”  where  2  females  are  breeding  round  the  clock  bullying  the  third  one  as  she  is  the  smallest  and  as  the  tank  is  too  small  to  house  all  of  them.  All  of  them  will  soon  be  shifted  to  a  48”*12”*12”  tank.  
 
 Conditioning  them  –  provide  them  with  a  lot  of  live  food  and  let  nature  do  its  work.  I  feed  them  with  shrimps  (RCS),  eisenai  fetida  worms,  micro  tubifex  and  grindals.  Feeding  them  live  food  drives  their  desire  to  breed.
 Feeding  eisenai  fetida
 
 
 
 
 Spawning  Rituals  
 
 
 If  you  see  a  very  bright  yellow  color  on  the  female  that  means  that  she  has  definitely  laid  eggs.  
 
 
 They  are  cave  brooders  and  the  female  lays  her  eggs  upside  down  with  the  male  fertilizing  them  in  the  same  way.  
 A  female  which  has  recently  laid  eggs
 
 
 It  is  the  responsibility  of  the  female  to  guard  and  look  after  the  eggs  and  the  fries.  She  will  guard  her  nest  like  anything  and  wont  fudge  even  if  you  lift  her  pot,  have  even  separated  the  eggs  along  with  the  female  to  another  tank  by  just  lifting  the  pot  with  the  female  inside  and  placing  it  in  another  tank  with  the  same  water  from  the  tank  in  which  they  were,  just  ensure  that  all  the  parameters  are  matched.  
 Female  looking  after  her  eggs
 
 
 
 The  eggs  hatch  within  3-5  days  and  the  young  ones  leave  their  home  to  search  for  food  guided  by  their  mother  within  a  week.  This  is  the  time  she  will  become  very  aggressive  and  not  tolerate  any  other  fish  near  her  young  ones.  
 1  Day  old  fries
 
 
 4  Days  old  fries
 
 
 The  fries  feed  on  microorganisms  within  the  tank  for  the  first  few  days  so  ensure  that  you  put  a  lot  of  moss  in  their  tank  from  a  matured  tank  which  will  have  a  lot  of  these  organisms  or  culture  some  infosuria  and  feed  them  2-3  times  a  day.  Then  as  they  start  to  grow  feed  them  with  other  bigger  wrigglers  like  microworms.  My  fries  just  love  them  and  it  has  shown  a  visible  difference  in  their  growth……..
 Around  20  days  old  fries
 
 
 Around  1  month  old  fries
 
 
 
 Feeding  time  –  Eating  microworms
 
 
 Sorry  for  the  quality  of  the  pics  as  I  am  just  an  amateur  photographer  learning  to  click  better  pics……  :)
 
 Cheers,
 Vijendra  Suryawanshi
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 6:40 pm Post subject: Re: Breeding Apistogramma cacatuoides Reply with quote

 Dude  this  is  so  cool.  Very  good  info.  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 6:41 pm Post subject: Re: Breeding Apistogramma cacatuoides Reply with quote

 Wow,  they're  beautiful!  Good  luck  raising  the  fry.  The  photos  look  great  also.
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 7:12 pm Post subject: Re: Breeding Apistogramma cacatuoides Reply with quote

 nice,  congos  on  succesfully  raising  the  fry
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 7:34 pm Post subject: Re: Breeding Apistogramma cacatuoides Reply with quote

 woww,  great  job  Thumb Up  
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 7:48 pm Post subject: Re: Breeding Apistogramma cacatuoides Reply with quote

 Very  nice  Smile   good  luck  in  raising  the  fries.
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 7:48 pm Post subject: Re: Breeding Apistogramma cacatuoides Reply with quote

 HI  Vijendra,
 
 Simple  to  understand  and  well  documented  file  on  not  to  kill  these  beautiful  Apisto’s  by  impulse  buying.
 
 This  document  will  help  most  of  budding  hobbyist’s  to  provide  better  rather  right  conditions  to  keep  these  beauties  alive  and  healthy.
 
 Thank  you  for  a  valuable  post  as  this  is  what  makes  this  forum  so  different  from  the  rest.
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 8:41 pm Post subject: Re: Breeding Apistogramma cacatuoides Reply with quote

 This  is  so  beautiful!  I've  already  fallen  in  love  with  apistos  and  these  photos  only  make  me  yearn  for  them  more!
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 9:51 pm Post subject: Re: Breeding Apistogramma cacatuoides Reply with quote

 Thanks  everyone......  Smile
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 12:13 am Post subject: Re: Breeding Apistogramma cacatuoides Reply with quote

 Congo  brother,  take  good  care  of  the  fries  and  send  them  to  Pune  once  they  are  big  enough  for  transportation  Wink
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 12:25 pm Post subject: Re: Breeding Apistogramma cacatuoides Reply with quote

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adesh8028  wrote  (View  Post):                
Congo  brother,  take  good  care  of  the  fries  and  send  them  to  Pune  once  they  are  big  enough  for  transportation  Wink                

 Thanks,  sure.....  Smile
                                                 
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 2:57 pm Post subject: Re: Breeding Apistogramma cacatuoides Reply with quote

                                                   
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HI  Vijendra,
 
 Simple  to  understand  and  well  documented  file  on  not  to  kill  these  beautiful  Apisto’s  by  impulse  buying.
 
 This  document  will  help  most  of  budding  hobbyist’s  to  provide  better  rather  right  conditions  to  keep  these  beauties  alive  and  healthy.
 
 Thank  you  for  a  valuable  post  as  this  is  what  makes  this  forum  so  different  from  the  rest.
 
 Regards,
 Surya                

 
 Right  you  are!
 
 @Vijendra,
 Really  enjoyable  and  helpful  thread!
 Congrats!
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 3:17 pm Post subject: Re: Breeding Apistogramma cacatuoides Reply with quote

 Hi  Vijendra,
 
 Congrates  dude.....  Thumb Up  
 
 Need  some  fry  for  me  too  in  Kolkata  ............  :)
 
 Don't  send  to  Adesh........he  will  kill  them....bcz  his  water  condition  not  good  at  all....  Chuckle
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 Cool  dude  Rock On   Very  informative  and  wonderful  photos  Smile
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