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skylane 06-17-2016 01:22 PM

Dwarf Golden Cockatoo Apistos
To my surprise, my Apisto pair had some fry , and I was doing a WCs on my tanks that day until in the evening I noticed little dots following the mom!! I was hoping I didn't suck them up in the WC , so I'm thinking mom and fry hid out in the driftwood cave she made her home in for the WC at the time. A small batch but promising!
Some pics, if mom and her brood, kinda small but they are close to her in some pics, love the parenting of these fish!!


steveMc 06-17-2016 01:27 PM

Nice! That is a great looking fish.

skylane 06-17-2016 01:50 PM


Originally Posted by steveMc (Post 1369642)
Nice! That is a great looking fish.

Thanks, the colors are high when the mom is in protecting mode, there was another female in the same tank with her at the time. The other female is in another tank now with a male , round two if all goes well!! I'm glad to have got this pic, because they only color up for mating and for protecting their territories. The male's colors are even more pronounced when the dorsal fin rays up, for that Cockatoo name.


skylane 06-17-2016 01:59 PM

Here is the male Apisto..

skylane 06-17-2016 02:03 PM


Originally Posted by skylane (Post 1369674)

The colors were now starting to come in on this pic, its hard to get pics of these guys, they like to hide alot. This was taken when i first got them , but the male is no longer. I don't know what happened with him but he did spawn and left his mark.


steveMc 06-17-2016 02:39 PM

Males are good looking as well. I'm hoping to get a Cichlid tank going at some point down the road. I've heard Apistos can be a little tricky to keep?

skylane 06-17-2016 02:59 PM

Spend sometime and research before you purchase any fish or pet!
Make sure your tank is established first with a cycled filter. They are cave dweller's and prefer clean waters, so WCs are a must! If you buy a pair its ok, I recommend that you buy more than on female, like 2or3 female's to one male, and tank size is important too, shallow and long tanks are best, 20 long is good, but I use 10g at the moment, but it works too! I just say go for it mahnn!
They are not as hard as you think, but you need to read up first, WCs are the main key and not a fast moving flow in the tank.. sponge filters are the best for this. I hope this helps you out, after the female has fry remove the male in case he eats them, but momma is pretty tuff as she is smaller than the male, but packs a punch when it comes to her babies.


steveMc 06-17-2016 03:46 PM

Thanks, that's good info!

I always do a ton of research beforehand. I used to have aquariums for years and years when I was younger. Just this year I started up my 30 gallon again (community tank), so am aware of cycling, water changes, etc..

skylane 06-17-2016 04:27 PM

Well I should have read your intro dude, your a pro!


steveMc 06-17-2016 04:37 PM

Ummm .. not really ;-)

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