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Apistogramma Agassizzii advice.....

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  1. Monkibuns

    Monkibuns New Member

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    Hi everyone, this is my first post even tho I’ve been getting great info here for months.

    I have a heavily planted 32.5 gallon community tank. Until last week I had a very close pair of Apsito Agassizzii. Unfortunately the female turned on the male and he died from stress related issues.
    She is now alone and I wanted to get another male for her.
    My questions are,
    Can I just add another young male and expect them to pair?
    Should I add a new pair and hope for a non violent (ish) harem?
    Should I find a new home for the female and just start again with a new pair?

    Everything I can find online is about introducing new females not the other way around!

    My aim is to keep harassment/violence to a minimum although I expect there to be tussles no matter the combo.

    Cheers
     
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    Everything I've heard and read is that you are in a difficult predicament . Since you have such a nice sized tank I would get 4 or 5 new fish and put them with your female and see if a pair develops. Then you either have to get rid of the others, if spawning is your goal, or get another aquarium and keep them. Agasizzii's are a very nice fish and I would want to keep them but that's just me.
     
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    AFAIK you don't need a bonded pair and they are best kept as a hareem with one male and several females... but according to the Seriously Fish profile
    So if you get to have eggs or fry my guess is all bets are off.
     
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    Thanks for the tip! Was hoping to not have to go down the route of getting multiple fish until pairing then giving some away. It’s a community tank so trying to avoid adding too many more fish.

    Looks like it might be worth pulling out the female an starting again with a fresh pair. I am able to find pairs at some LFS near me.
     
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    Hi Seangee, it was her third clutch of eggs that she was fiercely protecting that caused the trouble. I think the pair were a bit young to successfully fertilise them. Not specifically looking for fry, but it would be pretty cool to get some!

    I had read somewhere that these Apistos, along with a few others including Cacatuoides actually pair up and the females will fight each other. But I could be wrong.

    Sounds like generally a terrible idea to add a new males and hope for the best. I’ll have to find another option.

    Thanks for the info!
     
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    My info may be out of date or unreliable (due to failing memory :)) as it is some time since I looked into these. I ended up by going for big groups of tetra rather than trying to create a "centerpiece".

    So AFAIK apistos are fine on their own so you don't need to worry about getting her a mate. Two males are fine together (I was considering this because of the breeding aggression issues), I expect that the same would apply to two females but can'find any references. I suspect that this is mainly because most people choosing 2 (of the same sex) would go for males based on appearance.
     
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    Thanks, she does seem fine on her own. Despite her showing her “mating” spot she isn’t behaving any differently.
    I think I’ll leave her by herself for now. I have a 29gallon I am trying to find space for so once it’s up and running I’ll have a think about Rehoming her or getting a harem for the new tank.

    Although a new set up opens up a whole world of possibilities! Haha
     

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