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Apisto cacatuoides

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Was quite excited that they finally spawned. :)

I feel like I'm doing a spawn log...

Father:

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Mother:

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Setup:

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Loving the attention that they give to their spawn :)

The below pics are basically just the mother guarding the eggs

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Hoping I can properly raise these ones as well :)

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Oh how cute are they!

Congrats on the spawn & best of luck bringing them up!..

As Paul said definitely keep us informed :D

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Erm, somehow they moved the eggs somewhere else and I think the move didn't go too well. Now the female stopped guarding any cave and just get on with life. I figured she might have eaten the kids.

Then again, she's still in her golden yellow breeding colour, so I'd expect another spawn not very long.

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I spoke too soon....

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Fry and their protective mum:

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Not sure on the numbers yet, but don't think there're too many of them.

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Good pictures! I'm considering starting breeding Blue rams... Would they be same as these?

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Thanks all. It's pretty difficult sometimes to feed them :lol: Need to take into calculation the water currents and estimating where to shoot the BBS with the basters so that they land close to the fry location.

@Joan: I can't say a lot about Blue rams other than what I've read, as I've never spawn or even kept any. Seems like they're more tricky and it may take them a few spawns to finally take care of their fry (for me, sounds more like an Angelfish rather than Apisto)

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At 2 weeks old, they're already at the same size; if not larger; with my 5 weeks Betta fry..

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Can see all their fins - ventral, dorsal, anal, caudal and pectoral (though need to pinch your eyes really hard to see the pectoral)

Hmm... Blurry pic this time <_< . They're getting harder to photograph as they start to move around much quicker than when they were smaller (basically they were just jumping around slowly when they were smaller, making it easier..)

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Well... well.. While most of the fry are busy growing up, the parents mated again (not sure when, was too distracted with my Bettas) and now, under one of the driftwoods, there are more wrigglers! *lol*

The neat thing is, the female let two of the existing fry to help her care for the new wrigglers. So cute. :)

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Indeed. I was informed that they're gonna be slow growers, but they ended up to be faster than my Bettas :lol:.

Then again, I think they got enough food from the very beginning.

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Just a lil update on how these guys are going:

With father:

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Some fry are starting to get patterns on the caudal too:

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On a toilet break: (this one got the most patterns/colouration amongst the other fry so far, but everyone still developing)

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Amazing looking fish, love the vibrant colours on the males tale.

How did the second spawn go?

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Thanks Busman and Sha.

While rearing this lot, the parents actually spawned 4 more times. But I think they all got munched by this first lot. After a day or two of the new spawn's free swimming, the female stopped their guarding stance, so I assumed the new lot would be gone. I am tempted to move this lot to the Betta spawn tank that I have, so that'd become their grow-out tank, but that have to wait for a week or two 'til I can be sure that I won't be getting any spawn.

At the moment, they're all in one tank to save up some space for the soon-to-be jarred Betta juvies. :lol:

This tank just got algae problem that I'm fighting hard with. I don't want to use any chemical but I don't want the tank to be covered in algae that I can't see them.

Maybe I should just reduce the lighting..

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Can sex at least 4 males now from the 18 fry!

That's not to say that the other 14 are females, though.. The other 14 are either female, hasnt coloured up or sneaker male. :D

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For some reason, I felt like updating..

one of the boys: (I think he's the 2nd largest.. or maybe largest in the spawn.. Not sure.. I kinda forgot :confused:)

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And some other ones:

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They look fantastic. I wish you were local, I want a pair or two. :-)

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Thanks Busman. They need a little bit more growing to do before I can sex the rest of the lots. When they're bigger and a bit older, and I'm confident they are healthy and can handle some stress, I'm willing to ship them interstate :)

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