adam79 wrote:BTW, DFF, have you kept A. viejita? I'm thinking about ordering some. Any thoughts on breeding?
I haven't kept A. viejita. It's very doubtfull true viejita are even in the hobby. It is very, very common for A. macmasteri to be sold as viejita. If you talk to to the experts on apistogramma.com you will get the same story.
As for keeping and breeding any apistos, it's very much the same story for any species. Find out what conditions they are found in, in the wild and try and replicate them. Or if they are line bred, try and find out what conditions they were bred at.
I use rain water filtered through carbon to drop the hardness of my local water. (It's easy when you have access to 2,500 gallons of rain water, otherwise look into an RO unit) I have a water storage barrell with bag of Canadian sphagnum moss and a bag of Eheim efhi torf in it to help acidify the water. And I add one ketapang leaf to each tank when I do the weekly water change.
Dwarf Cichlids. Big personalities in small packages.