I was lucky enough to get a pair of these beautiful fish at my very first fish auction. I bid for these fish on impulse since they looked so nice, not to mention interesting. I knew nothing about them and have never even heard of them. I figured, why not give Apistos a try since I had an extra 10g laying around collecting dust.
Got the pair for $25 and tossed them in the 40B while I prepped the 10g the night I brought them back. they loved the planted tank and colored right up in the 40B. Their tank didn't take much time to set up since I already had it as a plant holdover tank. It was pretty much established. I toss in some almond leaves to soften up the water since these guys come from blackwater streams near Colonia, Peru where the water is very soft/acidic.
It's been about 3 weeks since I had them and they finally spawned today. Out of all places to spawn, they spawned on a almond leaf lol. I guess they didn't like the piece of shale my wife tossed in their for them. I'm looking forward to rearing these fry and hopefully the majority of them will survive. There must be 40-50 eggs.
Here are some not so good pics:
female guarding the eggs
male guarding their territory (the whole tank
) - these pics don't do these fish justice
Updates will come if these fry survive. Keeping my fingers crossed.