1. Hello guest! Are you an Apistogramma enthusiast? If so we invite you to join our community and see what it has to offer. Our site is specifically designed for you and it's a great place for Apisto enthusiasts to meet online. Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your fish and tanks and have a great time with other Apisto enthusiasts. Sign up today!

Is this a Macmasteri?

Discussion in 'Identification and Morphology' started by Katie13, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. Katie13

    Katie13 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2018
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    3
    It already has a few characteristics of a female. Who knows yet though. It’s been at 78 these past few days due to weather. I’m excited to see how it turns out though.
  2. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2004
    Messages:
    9,340
    Likes Received:
    1,061
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Sex is 'set' by temperature by the end of the 2nd month (6 - 8 weeks post hatching).
    ButtNekkid likes this.
  3. Katie13

    Katie13 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2018
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    3
    It's eating really well so far. Gorgeous fish!
  4. gerald

    gerald Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2006
    Messages:
    1,383
    Likes Received:
    558
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Looks to me like something in the "Regani Group". Second photo in post #11 shows abdominal stripes, similar to A. cruzi (using Mike's "Description of Apistogramma Species Groups")
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2018 at 7:00 AM
    dw1305 likes this.
  5. Katie13

    Katie13 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2018
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    3
    What about A. Marandu?
  6. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2004
    Messages:
    9,340
    Likes Received:
    1,061
    Trophy Points:
    113
    No, different species. Marandu looks like one of several cruzi-like species TomC & I collected in the Río Napo drainage in 2012. I tend to agree with gerald that it's a regani-group species. Still too young to ID.
  7. Katie13

    Katie13 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2018
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    3
    It's got the blue specks under the stripes typical of Marandu. His ventral and dorsal fins are also outlined in a medium orange.
  8. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2004
    Messages:
    9,340
    Likes Received:
    1,061
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Katie, you'll discover that color in apisto identification is less important than the pattern of dark markings. I'd say that 60%+ of the regani-lineage species show a similar facial color pattern, many with the addition of red streaks and spots.
    dw1305 and gerald like this.
  9. Katie13

    Katie13 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2018
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    3
    I’m about to crest a specific gel food for Apistos. So far I’m going to add earthworm and flies if I can catch some. What else would be good? I just ordered astaxanthin.
  10. MARK DAVISON

    MARK DAVISON New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2017
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1

    Attached Files:

  11. MARK DAVISON

    MARK DAVISON New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2017
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    That's my male and female Mcmasteri

Share This Page