Breed­ing tank

Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - Advice -

As far as a biotope set-up goes, that’s about all you need to know – sand on the base, cov­ered by leaf lit­ter with drift­wood, logs and/or twiggy branches. If you want it that bit more au­then­tic, you can use South Amer­i­can-spe­cific botan­i­cals, but na­tive botan­i­cals will of­fer the same feel with­out the cost.

Equip­ment doesn’t need to be high-tech at all. You can use an air-driven fil­ter, or an in­ter­nal, hang-on or ex­ter­nal power fil­ter, but just don’t use any­thing too pow­er­ful. Apis­tos en­joy a rather se­date flow nat­u­rally, so it’s best to try to repli­cate that.

Pow­er­ful light­ing is best avoided, and no lights is fine as far as the fish are con­cerned.

When it comes to wa­ter pa­ram­e­ters, soft and acidic is the way for­ward for Apis­togramma. It’s not es­sen­tial to keep them healthy, but it is es­sen­tial if you want to get them breed­ing. Soft and acidic isn’t such a sim­ple af­fair if you live in a hard­wa­ter area, as it means pro­duc­ing your own re­verse os­mo­sis (RO) wa­ter, buy­ing RO wa­ter from a lo­cal aquat­ics shop, or col­lect­ing and treat­ing rain­wa­ter. For those in soft wa­ter ar­eas, the sim­plic­ity of adding a dechlo­ri­na­tor may be all that’s needed.

Soft and acidic is the way for­ward for Apis­togramma. It’s not es­sen­tial to keep them healthy, but it is es­sen­tial if you want to get them breed­ing

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