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PostSubject: A Tank Is Born   Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:01 pm

Three weeks ago I purchased a 6 Pack of juvie Apistogramma Panduro

A pair has already formed up and the two have spawned.

The pair is sternly protecting their spawning grounds and so I must move the remaining fish into an empty 20 Gallon which I had in my basement.

So another tank is soon to be born!!!!

I must thank Deb - at the last meeting there was a "for free" table. As we were leaving Deb asked if I could use a Marineland Eclipse Hood/Filter/Light Combo (that no one took) for a 20 Gallon set up -can you believe that, I needed a hood for the 20 Gallon!!!! (Good things happen at CVAS meets - don't miss the next one..)

This tank already has KARMA going on!

My plans are for Indian Almond leaves "littered" over white pool filter sand and a thin but branchy root and on the surface a floating plant with dangling roots like frogbit.

But anyway, here are a couple of images of my Panduro couple - my junk images do them zero justice, they really are a most beautiful fish and fun to keep!

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Male and Female





Male and Female


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PostSubject: Re: A Tank Is Born   Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:04 pm

Gorgeous! I'm so glad. I can't wait to see the fry - I know you'll have some takers for the babies!

I'm also glad you got that hood Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: A Tank Is Born   Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:28 am

Congrats on the spawn.

Are you feeding them NLS(New Life Spectrum)?
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PostSubject: Re: A Tank Is Born   Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:26 am

they are beautiful! and it's always good to have an excuse for a new tank!
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PostSubject: Re: A Tank Is Born   Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:18 am

Very cool, and interesting....I'm going to have to take a closer look at this Cichlid thing. Maybe if the 125 ever materializes....
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PostSubject: Re: A Tank Is Born   Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:51 am

DL Lawrence wrote:
Very cool, and interesting....I'm going to have to take a closer look at this Cichlid thing. Maybe if the 125 ever materializes....

There are a lot of options(such as apistos) that work well in smaller tanks Smile
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PostSubject: Re: A Tank Is Born   Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:40 am

The panduro pair is gorgeous. The fry are sure to be stunning!
I'm very THRILLED that you have the hood and will be able to use it. That is what it's all about. Very Happy In return *lol* you must keep us posted on this this spawn and how it goes.

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PostSubject: Re: A Tank Is Born   Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:01 pm

So...some questions....Wink

.. how big do these apistos get, and can you put a pair in a community tank? Are these things like "dwarf" Cichlids?
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PostSubject: Re: A Tank Is Born   Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:15 am

verbal wrote:
Are you feeding them NLS(New Life Spectrum)?

Yes I am - awesome pellets.

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PostSubject: Re: A Tank Is Born   Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:49 am

DL Lawrence wrote:
So...some questions....Wink

.. how big do these apistos get, and can you put a pair in a community tank? Are these things like "dwarf" Cichlids?

Yes, Apistogramma are Dwarf Cichlids.

Panduro Males: 3" - 3.5"

Panduro Females - 2" - 2.5"

This is also the general size range for most Apistogramma: 4 inches and less for males and 3 inches or less for the girls.....

Yes you can put a pair in a community tank with great success dependent on the size of the tank, tank mates and successfully providing a habitat which allows the Apistos to have their own little area....

The general desired temperature range for most Apisto's is mid 70's (75F-78F) which is the same range most keepers maintain community temps. So temperture wise their needs are easily met in a community setting.

We run into problems in a community tank when they spawn (which they will), they exist like most animals to eat and breed and they take fry survival serious.... so when they spawn you end up with Apisto's aggressively protecting their eggs.

Nothing at all wrong with keeping a single male in a community tank if you just want to enjoy the species, avoid potential spawning conflicts and maintain variety within your tank - you don't have to add them as a pair.

Great questions....

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