Hi @shangman Just wondering if this is UK Gallons ? as in 4.546 L per UK Gallon ... if so 15g is 68 Liters. I would agree that is a meaningful minimum for one bonded pair depending on the amount of hardscape. I've kept apistos in 60 L with just plants and some coconut shells.I would say 15g minimum
Yep, I always preferred so-called breeder tanks... not only is it better for territorial fish such as cichlids. but you also get a larger surface area for gas exchange...The tank shape can be more important than volume if it's a non standard rectangle tank. For cichlids in general, footprint is important because it's territory that they require. I bred borelli in a 60x30 but they are quite timid for apistogramma, other species would be better in larger accommodation. More space is never a bad thing.
Oh I was thinking of approx 60L minimum tbh, must've got confused on conversion which is more like 13g. My tank was 63L. I'm dyslexic and not great with stuff like this sometimes whoops
Yes I keep them with cardinals too and they're lovely. I would love to keep some with tiny tucanos or very schooling green neons too.Hi @shangman I very much agree - As for tank mates I almost universally, went with Cardinals or other small tetras, with a preference for warmer and softer acidic waters, as they tend to stick to the mid-level of the waters and didn't bother the apistos too much and also they would offer a nice cue for the Apistos when dinner was served up
A 60L isn't big enough for cardinals, I kept 10 temporarily in my 63L and they just couldn't swim about enough. Total improvement when I moved them to a 180L. Look for small tetras and rasboras instead, so you can have 10-15 of them which would look great and make the little fish happier. I think in a 60L it's best to just keep the apistos and 1 other type of small schooling fish ideally, I kept more and I think it didn't help the calmness of the tank and led to one apisto jumping. Long term it is more peaceful and healthy for the tank to do it this way.so...its OK to stock them with neon/cardinals and cories