Mahi27 Posted May 11, 2021 Share Posted May 11, 2021 (edited) Hi all, I recently scaped and cycled a standard 10gal. Please see the attached pics for reference; I tried to follow the video where Dean explains how to set up a 10gal to breed apistos. I hoped to have a little community thing going on after being told by my LFS that borelliis are a more docile variety of apisto. Despite my ambitions, soon after starting to stock it about a week and a half ago, the problems began. In my vast impatience, over the course of about a week I added: two apistogrammas borellii 6 endlers -- 4 adults and 2 fry hitch-hikers (thank you LRB Aquatics!) 6 corydoras similis Can you guess what happened? The endlers are fine but I am down three(!) adorble and expensive corys and the subdominant apisto is on its way out, and I am pretty sure all of these fish have died from being bullied in combination with some other stress factor. For example, the cycle might not have been as done as I thought -- I've been seeing nitrites in the water, but I'm not sure if this is from all the dead fish decomposing before I can net them out or what. Chicken and egg. What I know for sure is I definitely did NOT receive a breeding pair -- in fact I think I got the most macho alpha male apisto you'd ever want and the most sickly, weak beta/omega male you can imagine. I understand this was a possibility since they were too young to sex; I took my chances and lost. Anyways...I also know I did a lot of things wrong with this tank. I let it cycle but didn't let it mature. I added fish way too fast. I didn't quarantine any of them. Now I'm just trying to pick up the pieces. My ask: Where do I go from here? Does anybody have any similar experience with this kind of thing? Is this normal apisto borellii behavior? Did I overstock the tank? Any other interesting/insightful fish aggression stories you can share to help others out? Thanks. Edited May 11, 2021 by Mahi27 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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