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Old 02-28-2012, 11:49 PM   #61
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Apistos dig very little. If at all. And they're not big, aggressive, and territorial like their cousins. My BN pleco digs more. Just make sure to provide them with a cave (you can find really nice 'hollow rocks' at any LFS) and they'll be happy as a clam. Or an Apisto with a cave... Here's one of my males.




And another one of a different species.




Great fish. They might even breed for you. Their only problem is that they can be rather expensive.
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:03 AM   #62
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Wow those are both beautiful fish, how expensive are you talking about ? I used to pay a lot for saltwater fish
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:07 AM   #63
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$30 per pair for the Apistogramma Cacatuoides 'Orange Flash' (top) and $18 per pair for the Apistogramma Cruzi sp. 'Beige' (bottom). It's worth it when they breed though.
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:22 AM   #64
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That's not bad for a pair! Maybe I'll check in Nashville and see what they have available.

Thanks for the suggestion.
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Do your homework, though. You want to know all about them before getting them. Don't pull an LB79 and get them before knowing anything about them and having them die on you. That's what happened to my first pair of A. Cacatuoides...

Check and see if they've got more cories available while you're there. The ones you have are awesome, and they'd be doubly so in a larger group!
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Apistos dig very little. If at all. And they're not big, aggressive, and territorial like their cousins. My BN pleco digs more. Just make sure to provide them with a cave (you can find really nice 'hollow rocks' at any LFS) and they'll be happy as a clam. Or an Apisto with a cave... Here's one of my males.




And another one of a different species.




Great fish. They might even breed for you. Their only problem is that they can be rather expensive.
those are gorgeous LB!


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Old 02-29-2012, 03:24 AM   #67
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Yeah, I'm really trying to get the male Cacatuoides to breed. He's still young and a bit blundering, but I'm thinking one of these days he'll realize mom's supposed to guard the eggs and he's supposed to guard the territory. The male Cruzi is even younger and is a successful father of two batches.
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Ha he will learn in time!

I definitely do want to breed whatever fish I end up with in this tank. I think that it is a sign that you are giving the fish everything that they deserve!
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Yeah, breeding is the highest of rewards when keeping fish.
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Any other updates?
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Yes I definitely do! Today is my last day of class so I'll have some time later to post up some new pictures!
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Awesome. I have yet to have the college experience. Sounds a little daunting, but I'll have my fish to help me out...
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:08 PM   #73
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Haha college isn't bad! But it can really be difficult at times. Are you in high school now?
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Yup. Enjoying the football part immensely. I Don't know exactly what I want to do as a profession but it's gotta be fish-oriented.
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I always wanted to kick for my high school team but I'm a musician and I always stuck with band. It's really paid off for me in the long run. Biology and zoology classes have been really good and I think majoring in biology or ecology would be really fun.

I have a lot of updates with the tank but unfortunately I left it for a few days and I'm at my parents' house. I do have a couple of crappy cell phone pics but I'll post them up just for the heck of it.

I received an awesome raok from thefisherman this week! It was a great package that included so many neat plants. He sent me his mother lily bulb, some rotalas, some stargrass, some cool hygro stems, and a few other awesome plants! They came a little rough due to a long shipment, but they are recuperating in my tank at the moment.

Here's a fts I took last night:


I finally broke down and bought some fish too... I really wanted those kerri tetras but I went with these instead!

7 bloodfin tetras, I really like these guys


They school very tightly and my corydoras finally feel comfortable coming out and foraging when people approach the tank!
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