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Re: Off topic: sexing Apistogramma
It has been a while, but I seem to remember that my triple-red females
were also fairly colorful. Fin extensions (points) and size were the big
sexual differences, I think.
My best guess is that you should be patient. Set them up for breeding and
see what happens. These are a pretty easy species, IME, so they should
tell you soon if you have a true trio.
Wolfgang Schickler wrote:
> I am sure most of us have not just exclusively
> Killies, and I can find someone on this list that
> is also experienced in breeding Apistogramma.
> (If you are not into Apistos just ignore this post)
> I just got some Apistogramma cacatuoides triple red
> through aquabid. I ordered a trio but I am afraid
> that the guy screwed me and sent 3 male. Before I
> complain about this, I would like to confirm my
> assumptions, especially since my experience with
> this species goes back over 20 years when triple
> red was not available.
> It is my understanding that the 3rd up to the 6th
> ray of the dorsal fin are extended in males.
> In addition, the upper and lower rays of the caudal
> fin are extended. Females typically do show now
> or very little coloration.
> Unfortunately the 'supposedly females' are still
> small (about one inch) and they might just not
> be fully developed young male, so at this point
> all I have is the coloration.
> My big question is: Has anybody seen A. caca tr.
> red females that show also the triple red pattern
> (red on caudal dorsal and anal fin) just like a
> fully developed male ?????
> Or should I be happy about extremely colorful
> females ???
> Since breeding 3 males is just a waste of valuable
> tank space, any help on this topic is greatly
> And, since this is off topic, consider sending
> your response directly to me....
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