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Re: pulling apisto eggs

John's explanation is pretty straightforward.  I prefer five gallon tanks, so 
I can maintain water quality easier.  At any rate, it is considered a bad 
idea by many, because they think brood care is a learned behavior.  I have 
gone three generations pulling eggs, and thensuddenly end up with a model 
mom.  I'm convinced that failure to brood care is a response to environmental 
issues.  The water parameters for broodcare are much stricter than the 
parameters for spawning.

If you want to be sure you have a next generation, then pull a spawn.  After 
that start experimenting with softer water, lower pHs and stuff like that 
until you get the correct response.  The presense of lots of small live 
things in the tank seem to be a positive influence.

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