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Pairing Apistogramma borellii 'standard' and 'opal'

Discussion in 'Beginners Corner' started by flori, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. flori

    flori New Member

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    Hi, I can't find a satisfactory answer to this seemingly obvious question: can males and females of A. borellii's two variants be kept together and bred? Everything I read so far says: yes.

    So my question is really: should it be done and is there any downsides?
  2. Drayden Farci

    Drayden Farci Active Member

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    Yes, but you will end up with ugly fish. You can mix every color of Crayon together, but the result will be a brown blob! :)

    Pick one you like and keep it. Or pick only males of both variants. This is my opinion.
  3. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Actually what is now sold as 'Opal' are the offspring of more colorful males in wild populations. By crossing the 2 you will get something closer to what is seen in the wild - mostly fish without red streaks on the face and some that do.
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  4. flori

    flori New Member

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    Thanks to both of you :)