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Apisto ID and sexing

emiloghin

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Firstly, hello all,

Just bought 2 Apistos yesterday at the LFS.
They only had 4 of what they labeled A. viejita. I highly doubt that's the case considering what i read, that they are pretty rare in the hobby.

I spent some time to observe the fish, since they said they're probably 4 males, and due to teritorial aggression they needed to separate one of them.

It seemed to me that the one they separated it's not a male, but a female because of the difference in shade (yellow, the rest being colorful, but on a pearl white background) and also the anal fin (hers? is pointy, the others have it rounded).

I'll attach some pictures. I'd like to hear your thoughts. Cheers!

S.E.
 

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MacZ

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Definitley not A. viejita proper, the one in the first picture is undoubtedly a domestic A. macmasteri, the second fish is hard to tell from the pictures.
 

emiloghin

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Uploaded some new pictures of what i think is the female.
I made a video too:
 

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MacZ

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Sorry, I'll have to pass. It shows some resemblance to A. cf. hongsloi, which might as well be A. viejita attributes, but I wouldn't bet on it.
 

Frank Hättich

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Let's say it this way: nothing in your photos/video speaks against your second fish being a domestic strain of A. macmasteri too. These can be difficult to sex, but if I had to make a guess, I would say that the smaller one is a male too.
 

emiloghin

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I got more clear pictures. It looks like the bigger one's markings got more visible. Smaller one has red on the face (first photo, more sand in the pic). Thanks for your replies
 

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