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Apistogramma iniridae

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  1. A. iniridae
    by Randy or Deb Carey <carey/spacestar.net> (Sat, 29 Aug 1998)
  2. iniridae female
    by Mike & Diane Wise <apistowise/bewellnet.com> (Sun, 25 Oct 1998)
  3. A. iniridae
    by Kathy Olson <kathy/thekrib.com> (Tue, 22 Feb 2000)

A. iniridae

by Randy or Deb Carey <carey/spacestar.net>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 1998
To: apisto/majordomo.pobox.com

Yes.  Just as Linke/Staeck says about iniridae, ..."abdominal stripes which may
appear also as sooty area on the posterior belly area... They are however not
visible in every state of excitement."

Assuming my group is iniridae, I am keeping them correctly--mostly r/o water with a
pH in the 4's.  I have seen a male "display" as he extends his fins--similar to the
one shown in Mayland/Bork.  When I get the time, I'll set up to get some shots of
this displaying.

--Randy

Mike & Diane Wise wrote:

> Randy,
>
> It sure looks like A. iniridae except that it doesn't have the gibbiceps-like
> diagonal abdominal bars below the lateral band. Do either males or females ever
> show these bars?
>
> Mike Wise




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iniridae female

by Mike & Diane Wise <apistowise/bewellnet.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Oct 1998
To: apisto/majordomo.pobox.com

Randy,

Seems you ran into the same trouble at the ACA as several others on this page. It
sounds like someone mixed a bunch of apisto shipments together. How else do you
get aggies with iniridae. The seller was a dealer as I recall so we can't condemn
him if his wholesaler sold him a bill of goods, too. Caveat emptor really applies
here.

A. iniridae & agassizii females are really easy to tell apart. Female A. iniridae
have pale rows of spot on the tail fin; female aggies don't. This is easier to
see when not in brood dress, but if you look closely you can tell the difference.
When out of brood color A. iniridae females show the same diagonal bars below the
lateral band as do males. A. iniridae, like other pertensis-group fish can handle
black water quite well. I always bred mine at pH 6 - 6.5 in soft water without
any problem. I found females of this fish to be very monogamous - or at least
very picky about with whom they breed. My dominant female stopped breeding
altogether once her mate died. She had her choice of 3 other males but ignored
them all. Female aggies can handle nearly any pH below 7 so I wouldn't depend on
breeding pH to determine which species you have.

Mike Wise

Randy or Deb Carey wrote:

> I have a collection of fish from the ACA which were supposed to be
> "uapesi" but turned out to be 3 male iniridae, a male agassizii, and a
> female which I assume to be of one of these two species.
>
> The female has yellowed up and seems to be guarding something (probably
> eggs as I see no fry moving) in the roots on the back side of some Java
> Fern.  I think the female is iniridae, but I'm not sure.  I have seen
> only a few pictures of the females of either species.
>
> The female sports a prominent side spot on top of a
> distinct-but-not-bold lateral band.  This coincides with a picture of
> iniridae in the Aqualog, but I don't have enough female photos of
> agassizii to know if/how those females differ by markings.  Furthermore,
> the pH is just below 4.  I am assuming that iniridae is much more apt to
> spawn in this low of pH than is agassizii. (Mayland/Bork claim a need
> for a pH below 5.0 to get iniridae eggs to hatch.)
>
> So I believe the female is iniridae, but does anyone have any insights
> on distinguishing the females of these two species?
>
> --Randy
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A. iniridae

by Kathy Olson <kathy/thekrib.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000
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They are blackwater fish, and do require low pH, and very soft water.

I have discovered that it is a combination of events....I have seen
gibbiceps and uapesi (also blackwater) spawn at much higher pH's than
expected...ie pH 6.  For me I spawn these guys  pH 6's, hardness < 1
degree, I usually do oak leaves, bog wood, and the water is tea colored.
But I have also had them spawn in planted tanks without the assistance of
above.


Good luck,

Kathy

On Tue, 22 Feb 2000 CarlHans@aol.com wrote:

> Hi, all:
> 
> I bought a pair of A. iniridae at an auction this weekend.  The seller 
> advised me that males of this species can be quite nasty, so use a large tank 
> and plenty of hiding places for the female.  Another apisto keeper told me 
> they require (read: demand) very, very soft water and very low pH.  Anyone 
> have any further suggestions?  The Krib's information on this species is 
> somewhat limited, but seems to support this advice.
> 
> Carl Berry
> 
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