A Tank for Apistos

The new fish room is functional and I am in the process of getting my aquariums set up for keeping the fish that I have on hand; and for some fish that have come my way that I simply cannot pass up, regardless of whether I am ready for them or not!  All 21 of the 30-breeder aquariums in the fish room will be aqua-scaped long-term homes for different species, many of which are from soft, black-water biotopes.  I was experimenting with using planted tank ‘soils’ over int he old fish room, and I like the affect that they have on the pH in a soft water tank, so I am going to incorporate these soils into the aquariums where I want the water to be very soft and acidic.  This video will show you how I am setting up a tank as one of these soft, black-water biotopes for a group of Apistogramma sp. ‘Miua’ and cardinal tetras.

5 Replies to “A Tank for Apistos”

  1. Very nice tank. Ive been dabbling in apistos myself. When you add straight RO to the tabk is there any buffer to maintain ph? I have a pair of caucatuids I started on 7.5ph tap. Lots of breeding activty but no fry. So i have neen slowly switching to RO a few gallons every few days. Currently im about 33% RO goal is 50/50 or 66/33 if nothing after a few months at 50/50

    1. I run R/O straight into the tanks for the fish that I want the water as soft as possible. Cacatuoides does not usually need water all that soft or acidic, so a 50/50 split is probably fine.

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