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Re: 3 Tanks One Room

PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:34 pm
by Crazygar
Not with 3, they are quick and will have to be watched, all fish are opportunists, but some more than others. With 3, it's a small amount so you should be fine, but always watch. That's the key factor, fish, like people, have different personalities.

Gary

Re: 3 Tanks One Room

PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:58 pm
by twotone12valve
I think I might give them a try later on instead of buying new, I would have to order pencilfish because none of my LFS stock them. The three Harlequins I have seem very laid back in my 125gal tank but if I spot some Embers I may go that route.

Re: 3 Tanks One Room

PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:45 pm
by Crazygar
Embers might be a better choice. Get at least 7, you don't want a lot as it gets frustrating for the guarding parents, but 7 should be a good number to keep an eye on and provide a function so needed.

Gary

Re: 3 Tanks One Room

PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:39 pm
by lou zello
yea Gary says 7 but he really means 70,just like in his tank!!!!!!!

Re: 3 Tanks One Room

PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:58 pm
by Crazygar
In 20 no way Lou! Ha ha. But 70 in my tank looks lovely. 7 Embers would be just enough for a small school to keep them together and give Mom and Dad Apisto an easy time guarding the eggs/fry.

Gary

Re: 3 Tanks One Room

PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:21 pm
by lou zello
just jokeing gary but i'm sure you knew that!!! and i'm sure they look great in your tank!!!!!!!

Re: 3 Tanks One Room

PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:38 pm
by Crazygar
I know. I have a good sense of humor.

Gary

Re: 3 Tanks One Room

PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:16 pm
by twotone12valve
Well I can get a hold of Embers, Otto's, pigmy corys, RCS, and even some other color morfs in shrimp so my options for the little tank seem very open.

Re: 3 Tanks One Room

PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:57 am
by Crazygar
You'll want to keep an eye on things if you put in RCS, first, put them in first and let the population grow out, the Apistos will eat them, but if you have a huge population then you need not worry. My only concern is the RCS will view the eggs as food... something to consider.

For a dedicated Breeding Tank, I would stick to the Embers and Otocinclus.

Gary

Re: 3 Tanks One Room

PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:29 pm
by twotone12valve
That was my worry about the RCS as well, I think I'll go with your idea and stick to Embers and Ottos.

Re: 3 Tanks One Room

PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:49 pm
by Crazygar
If I had a +1 or Like button coded on here I would click both to that comment. Good stuff.

Gary

Re: 3 Tanks One Room

PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:11 pm
by twotone12valve
Image
A shot of the 20gal I took yesterday, I pulled the large rock out from the right side of the tank and replaced it with that large driftwood. The driftwood has tons of caves in it and small cracks for things to live in as well as hide the young Apistos.

Re: 3 Tanks One Room

PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:19 pm
by Crazygar
Sweet setup for Apistos! They will truly love that. Good work Matt!

Gary

Re: 3 Tanks One Room

PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:32 pm
by ScottFish
Apisto Heaven! Or, should I say the honeymoon suite --I see many fry in your future!

Re: 3 Tanks One Room

PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:37 pm
by Crazygar
Yeah, big time. With all that's in that the tank, it would be surely suited for Fry Rearing and protection. Definitely Embers and Otos, and if you can, keep it somewhat dimly light, remember this is a breeding tank. Love it!

Gary