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Re: Killies and apistogramma
I have a lot of experience with keeping these two groups together. While
it should work on paper, I've largely stopped doing it. The problems
I've seen rarely affect the apistos - it's the killies that suffer.
To begin, both groups are territorial. At best the killies are driven to
the surface vegetation. However, there is a lot less display, and their
behavior is really inhibited. You get boring killies. At worst, the male
apisto gets annoyed by, let's say a bitenaitum display, and joins in.
Then you get dead killies.
Temperature is also a problem, as apisto conditions fry my killies.
There are exceptions. I find Poropanchax lampeyes thrive in with
apistos. I've also had young lamberti, hera, biteniatum, splendopleure
and cognatum live long but furtive lives in with apistos, in deep tanks.
I'll put killies in with apistos if I have a surplus of either sex, or
widow/widowers. I wouldn't do it with a pair I intended to keep.
brdbap at optusnet_com.au wrote:
> Would appreciate learning about people's experiences with keeping these two fishes together.
> In my limited experience with them together, killies enjoy apisto fry and the fins of apisto parents are often too great a
> What have others found
> Bill Phillips
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