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Apistogramma cacatuoides: do I have a pair? or two males?

Fish Folk

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We've been enjoying a couple of Apistogramma cacatuoides, pictured here, for a month or so now. They are in a 20 gallon long tank along with a few silver-tip tetras and ghost shrimp. The big male is beautiful! But we are wondering about the other one. Is this a female? Or a non-dominant, "sneaker-male"? There is a touch of orange on the caudal fin (possible male?), but the ventral / pelvic fins are black (commonly female). The clear, dominant male does display, and gives a bit of chase now and then -- though nothing terribly aggressive. What are your thoughts?
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dw1305

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Hi all,
With the normal disclaimer that I'm rubbish at this, definitely a male and female.

cheers Darrel
 

Tappy4me

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Here's my male and female for comparison. I also thought my female may have been a sneaker Male! Saw them flirting this morning though, so pretty sure shes a female lol
 

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Fish Folk

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Gotcha! We put in a cave for our cacatuoides, but straight way our b-nose pleco called shotgun and moved in...
 

Drayden Farci

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That's a pair. Yellow body color, marks on the abdomen, black on the front of the ventral fins and caudal fin, and smaller overall size.
 

Fish Folk

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Thanks! Yes, I think we've got a pair. They were getting "friendly" today. Saw the female in the cave with the male nearby (see pic)
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