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Hi all, i am new to apistogramma world and i have few questions.
1. I have 85l tank, 80cm x 30cm x 35cm, i have two filter pumps one 300 l/h and other 400 l/h
2. In this moment i have 1 male apistogramma agassizii male
8x harlequin rasboras
1x ancistrus (4 cm approx. now)
3. I have a lot of plants and at least 4-5 hiding spots now (maybe i will try to make room for one more somehow.

And now question

Can i put 1 or two female agassizii apistogrammas?

Can i leave 1 apistogramma male and put 1 pearl gourami?

I asked on other forum and did get mixed answers like i can put only 1 and maybe few more rasboras or two females and 2 extra rasboras just to make school of ten, or like 1 more female is top for fishes in tank etc.

Other thing i did get little bit stressed about is that if i put female when they breed they could kill some rasboras or small ancistrus.

So i want to get your opinon what else i can stock in tank.
Btw. I dont want to breed apistogrammas i hope snails and ancistrus will make some kind of balance there.
 

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With any dimorphic cichlid I've ever owned they won't show their full colors unless a M & F are present. I don't think it would be detrimental to the Apisto to be alone in the tank, but he'd probably show better color if you put a female in the tank.

The breeder I purchased my Apistos from had 1m & 3/4F in a 20g high tank with lots of caves and floating plants. If you were to get him a female you'd probably need to buy 3-4 and pull females if they get bullied.
 

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Tnx on answer. I know all that facts but i dont want collateral damage in community tank. So for now i will leave just 1 male apistogramma in this tank and in few months i will make second apistogramma dedicated tank. But for now what is your opinion: add one more school of 8 smaller tetras or to add let's say pearl gourami?
 
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