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Re: Apisto Groupings

In a message dated 28/01/01 18:38:21 GMT Standard Time, 
apistowise@bewellnet.com writes:

> I don't think I can say one group is "easier" than another. It basically 
> depends on the biotope that they evolved to survive in and their behavioral 
> For example, I believe that all nijsseni-group species are more difficult 
> keep and breed than the average apisto for 2 reasons. 1. They are adapted 
to live 
> in blackwater environments. In the aquarium these conditions are more 
> to make and keep stable. 2. They tend to form a bonded pair. They don't 
> mate with just any other member of their species.

Definately agree with point 1 - although once you have near blackwater 
conditions they nijsenni are fairly easy to breed and I've not noticed any 
pair specific bonding with any of my nijsenni.

For Apisto's panduro (pandurini) and A. norberti (whether you class this as a 
nijsenni complex or cacutoides complex - I think it shares so many 
characteristics of both that it must be a bridge species) the pair bonding 
issue is very important - I have A norberti male with 3 females and he's only 
ever fertilized one females eggs (very much at her instigation).

If the original poster was looking for easy Apistos, I think the two easiest 
are Apisto cacutoides and Apisto hongsloi, with Apisto nijsenni coming a 
close third providing the water is soft with a pH less than 5.5

Alan W

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