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Old 02-08-2013, 09:00 PM   #1
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Apistogramma Cacatuoides. What variety is this?


So I picked up a male/female pair of Apistogramma Cacatuoides today. I've seen many pictures of them and after months of looking for double or triple reds...I found these in a LFS. Not sure what strain they are or if they're even high quality. So this goes out to the Apisto keepers. Does he look normal? Will he color up like some of the other double/tripple Apistos ive seen? This male is only 1.5" long so I'm not sure if he's still considered a juvenile. Let me know what you think!
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:11 PM   #2
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:12 PM   #3
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Hi Sam,

It certainly looks like Apistogramma cacatuoides and it is a female, but being able to determine which variant (regular, double red, triple red, orange flash) it is basically impossible to tell. The males from this spawn are the ones that would show the color that would allow a determination.

A. cacatuoides 'Triple Red' (note 'spots' on caudal, dorsal, and anal fins of male)
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Wow. Well that's what you get for listening to a LFS employee insist this was a male....great.....now I have two females lol. This was the other one.
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Hi Sam,

That one also appears to be a female.
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Thanks Roy. I have to say I'm not happy about this. Now I have two females and no males available at any of the LFS. All the others in the tank were obvious females that looked just like my second pic. Is there any chance it could be one of those sleeper males I've heard about? Where the males exhibit female characteristics to blend in?
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Hi Sam,

I have not heard the term 'sleeper male' before but you are correct there is always the possibility that you have a recessive male that is not showing his colors or finnage because there was a dominant male in the tank. You will know within a couple of weeks.
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Ok good. Ill observe them for a few weeks and see what happens. Thanks again!
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