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My Apistogramma cacatuoides Fry are out and about now. Just showed up yesterday. Currently I am feeding them Live Vinegar Eels and Hikara FirstBites mixed with crushed adult pellets.

Up for any advise on keeping them going and growing!

Also: How fast do they grow? How long before I can tell males from Females?

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I'm no pro, but my Apistos bred a few weeks ago. They're still small, but they look like real fish now (just really small real fish). We've been giving them frozen baby brine shrimp from the start and they haven't had any problem getting their mouths around them.

As for growing - it's not as quick as we would like :) You won't be able to tell the sexes apart for a few months.
 

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A few months is faster then I expected actually :)

I have heard baby brines are a great food for these guys, I need to snag some frozen ones!!!

Did you have any aggression problems with your male and female, or aggression towards the fry from either parent?
 

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I haven't *witnessed* any aggression from the parents. In fact, the mother defends her little babies with some gusto. However, I have two other females in the tank as well - so the male has.....distractions :)

When my Apistos first spawned, there were probably around 15-20 fry (SO hard to see...we have eco-complete substrate and they camouflage perfectly). Over the next 3 weeks, it was down to 10. During week 4, it went from 10 to 3 in one day. I noticed that the female was displaying strong courting behavior. I didn't know if the male or female got to the fry or if she just didn't pay attention and the tetras or other females had a snack. When I came home I pulled the survivors out and put them into an extra tank I had (I recommend filling it with the parent tank water to reduce stress). After all that I did a little research and I've heard suggestions that you should remove the babies when the mother starts courting again.

We'll see how this next round goes as *ALL THREE FEMALES* have spawned again....I'm going to need to buy more tanks!
 

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It seems that my Female started courting again only a few days after Fry Emerged. I have around 20-30 fry. But this tank only houses the Apistos, no other fish, so maybe I might have more luck? If not I can always make adjustments and re-breed.

I did just setup my main tank to house more Apistos when these fry (hopefully) grow up. This tank will have other tank mates, but it is much larger and will have multiple females.

Thanks for your insights Kristin, feel free to add some pictures of your setup, fry, or Apistos onto this thread!
 

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Yes its a cacatuoides. A local wholesaler has a GORGEOUS stock of these in Orange flash and Double/Triple Reds. They get extremely prolific when breeding. I should get a shot of my Red female, she is even more yellow and black then this orange flash female.

Here is a new juvenile Male I just bought from him:

 

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Oh snap! I managed to get a picture of my Wigglers!!! I count 30!



PS The guy I got them from says it takes 4 month for them to reach 1 inch, which is when you can start to tell the males from females.!
 
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