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Borellii or blue steel?

Discussion in 'Apistogramma' started by Bobblehead27, Dec 1, 2016.

  1. Bobblehead27

    Bobblehead27 Member

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    I picked up a couple of fish marked as borellii the other day. now I'm sitting here at work reading about and seeing pics of blue steels sold as borellii and I'm getting nervous I should be home from work tomorrow afternoon and take some pics but I was wondering at what size should I be able to tell the difference because I'm noticing a lot of blue speckles on their face and I'm thinking I was duped. also what size should they start getting their mature colors in? mine are still small I'd say maybe an inch.
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    gerald Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Photos would help. Steel-blue vs borellii should be distinguishable at that size, although there's a bunch of other possible steel-blue lookalikes (inconspicua, caetei, etc). Determining sex may take longer. Both are nice fish -- don't be too disappointed if they're steel-blues, as long as you can find a female.
  3. Bobblehead27

    Bobblehead27 Member

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    Yea based on what I read this is definitely a steel blue (or at least definitely not a borellii) based on the spot at the start of the tail :(

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    MickeM Active Member 5 Year Member

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    As you say..The Apisto in your pic is absolutely not a borellii .. !! By the yellow color + lacking any blue metallic signs/shimmering, it may be a female..??????
    Do you know if they are bought from a wholesaler as WildCaught or as bred fishes ??
    How much did they cost??

    Post a pic of a male if you can/have one!!;):)
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    aquaticclarity Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    I'd say female, but it's not a borellii. More pictures of the fish, especially at more of a straight on angle at the side of the body, would help though.
  6. Bobblehead27

    Bobblehead27 Member

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    They definitely have metallic blue speckles all over their face starting to get some on the body
    Tank bred
    2 for 18
    I've come to terms with the fact that they're steel blue :( might return them for some female Agassizii but I might just keep them. my wife still likes them
  7. Bobblehead27

    Bobblehead27 Member

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    Here's the beSt pic of the male I can get with this phone.

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    dw1305 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Hi all,
    With the usual disclaimer that I'm not very good at this, but they look like a male and female of "Steel-Blue".

    These ones belonged to Ste Chesters.



    cheers Darrel
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    Bobblehead27 Member

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    Yep that looks like them. thanks I was really looking forward to borellii but whatever you win some you lose some I guess.
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    I too went for some borellii but it has been suggested mine may well be steel blue although I can see the black circle just before the tail fin on mine like your have.

    How have yours turned out was they infact steel blue. Not 100% sure what I have there still young. No idea what sex either
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    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    A. borellii
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