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A. 'breitbinden' TR

Discussion in 'Apistogramma' started by Ekona, May 4, 2019.

  1. Ekona

    Ekona Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Just got these two fish from Drayden as WS. (Thanks, D!)

    Obvious male - ~3.0cm
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    What about this fish - smaller at under 2.5cm. Small undeveloped male or female?

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    MickeM Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Awesome fish + pics !!

    My guess on pic 2-4 :
    The yellow color in combination with the short dorsal spines (1-6) + short pelvic fins indicates that it might be a female..
    , and "she" also differ from the male in the red(dorsal) + yellow(body) colors + a more abrupt ending of the dorsal fin..
    And the caudal fin show no visable divided coloration like on the male .. (transparent/yellow)
    If it is a female, she sure is more colorful than any similar female I´ve seen before.. (gills + dorsal fin)

    Please take some more pics of these fish... they will probably be absolutely stunning !!!
  3. Ekona

    Ekona Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Thanks, Micke. Your observations are exactly the way I see it ,as well, yet since I've not kept this species before, I just was not sure. Even though the "female" is smaller than the male (but not drastically so) I would be surprised if it would develop all of the characteristics of the larger male from what is shows now. I'll definitely let them grow out and post more photos.
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    Hi,

    What kind of substrate is that?
  5. Ekona

    Ekona Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Fine particles of decayed organic plant matter chosen for their rich content of tannins.
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    Ekona Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Looks like this is a definite pair judging by the finnage and behavior. Male continuously displays courtship (not aggression) toward the smaller fish. Here a couple of sub-par photos of the male. Looks like A. megaptera or possibly young A. piarora. Any opinions on which one based on fins?

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    Ekona Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Here's a video of this same male displaying.
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    Ekona Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Ekona Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Does this look like a M/F A. megaptera?
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    Ekona Active Member 5 Year Member

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    Got a few photos of this pair (almost 100% certain now).
    Pair with male in display
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    Pair at rest
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    Female in full display with extended dorsal fin rays.
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    Female showing extended dorsal fin rays
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    Female showing overlapping dorsal fin rays (at rest)
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