Hello all - by now you know I have the BN bug as bad as the Apisto bug. Apologies for rambling but I think you're all as sad as me
My 100 litre tank is currently home to two pairs of Apistos - and two BN one male, one female. Having been doing some reading and browsing on here I'm thinking seriously about getting a third female BN as I love the idea of a breeding trio. As you all probably know by now my tank is very heavily planted with half a dozen caves (I've got some more driftwood about to go in when its finished soaking). My original plan was three pairs of Apisto's (still waiting for Inka's to be available) as I love both the apperance and behaviour of the fish with a pair of BN but having fallen in love wih BN's I'd like to add a third female once my current juves grow a bit. Variety is not important - but not male obviously. Possibly another L144 so that I have a nice contrast between the females and male. What do you think guys ? I reckon it'll quite spectacular with the cichlids and BN's.
I tend to understock my tanks and over filter ; I'd rather have healthy, interesting but fewer fish. Will there be enough bottom space in a 100 litre tank for three ? I'm planning on a pure BN species tank with the four footer now but more of that another day.
The four footer I'm planning on having it less planted than the Apisto tank - probably a mix of java ferns, floaters and some carpeting foreground plants. Lots and I mean lots of bogwood and bogwood caves - some moss planted bogwood as well.
I'd like this to be my "pedigree" tank - so I'll get it up and running and wait for the right fish to come along. I'm guessing here I should also be sticking to one male ? Lots of time to plan and setup so no rush.
If I do have breeding success with any of my fish I have several quarantine tanks. I run them with small sponge filters, floating plants, moss balls and cover in terms of terracotta caves. No other plants so I can keep an eye on them.
Maybe once Kaz makes it down here I'll have some young ones to share
So anyway thoughts or advice ? I would dearly love some L183's for the pedigree tank - although any BN to me is a stunner.