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Need an ID

Discussion in 'Identification and Morphology' started by madattiver, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. madattiver

    madattiver New Member 5 Year Member

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    I bought three of these guys this weekend. They were labeled A. borelli, but I think they look more like the A. sp "Steel Blue" after I got them home and in my tank. Also, would anyone be able to help sex these little guys? I think there is two males and a female, but not 100%.

    here's what I think are the two males:

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    male and pissoble female pics:

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    and single shots of what I thought was a female:

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    Any help would be great!!

    Thanks in advance,
    Adam
  2. ed seeley

    ed seeley Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    I'm pretty positive you've got the ID right. They are Steelblues to me.

    Not so sure on the sexing. The little one looks a bit like a small male to me. You may have to wait for it to grow a bit until you can tell.
  3. madattiver

    madattiver New Member 5 Year Member

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    Last night I watched the one I am not 100% sure on the sex do a little dance for the big male. It was almost verticle flicking its caudal fin at him. I am new to the apisto world and don't know too much about how they interact.
  4. Refael Hdr.

    Refael Hdr. Member 5 Year Member

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    Very nice Steels!
    The small one does look like a female but I think it's to early to decide, it might be a young male. Not to mention the fact that females are not so common in this species...
  5. DH247

    DH247 Member 5 Year Member

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    Hey madattiver,

    Do a quick search on the steel blues on the forum. There is a wealth of info on them. If you do have a female there then consider yourself pretty lucky! Females can be extremely hard to come by! Good luck!
  6. madattiver

    madattiver New Member 5 Year Member

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    I took a few more pics of the apistos in their new home. They are finally settling in and seem to be doing well.

    Here are a couple of the one male..

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    and the one that I think/thought was a female...

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    With the new pictures does this help at all with sexing that last one?

    Thanks,
    Adam
  7. bigbird

    bigbird Member 5 Year Member

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    Hello ,

    I have not kept them before, but on appearance look like 2 males, the second one be the subdominant one..
    Just out of couriosity, what happened to the tail area on the right side of the last fish ? Looks like a bite or growth .
    Anyway hope that for your sake am wrong and let the others reply.
    cheers jk
  8. madattiver

    madattiver New Member 5 Year Member

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    The tail looks like it got wounded in a scrap with one of the other fish in the tank as it wasn't there the other day. I will check with my lfs to see if they can get more in and see if I can grab another few that I hope can turn out to be females and just keep my fingers crossed with this one as well.
  9. Apistomaster

    Apistomaster Member 5 Year Member

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    Like bigbird, all I see are males. How could anyone sell them as A. agassizi is beyond me.
  10. Apistomaster

    Apistomaster Member 5 Year Member

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    Like bigbird, all I see are males. How could anyone sell them as A. borelli is beyond me.