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Discussion in 'Beginners Corner' started by DavidJ, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. DavidJ

    DavidJ New Member

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    I'm trying to identify a pair of apistogramma agassizii. The person I'm getting them from say their agassizii Peru. I can't find anything on that name. Here's a picture of them. Any help would be much appreciated.

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    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    All this means is that it is A. agassizii exported from Peru.
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    DavidJ New Member

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    Sorry for my ignorance but does that mean that it doesn't have a name like orange flash or double red?
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    RSCN2544.JPG Looks very similar to my Apistogramma cf. agassizi Alenquer/Netz.
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    DavidJ New Member

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    The yellow one is the female. He said they are a breeding pair. Wonder if it's the same or different variance.
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    dw1305 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Hi all,
    Apistogramma agassizii are <"polychromatic">, it means that you get colour variations in the natural population, and that you may get differently coloured males from a single spawn. Also the name "A. agassizii" may describe a complex of similar species, rather than a single genetic identity.

    You can get line bred colour forms (like the named varieties "Double Red" of Apistogramma cacatuoides) in A. agassizii. <"Fire Red"> would be the most common one, but I used to have a <"more normally coloured Czech bred fish"> that produced males that were all the same colour.

    cheers Darrel
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    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    David, common names are just that - a name that some seller puts on a fish to either note where it was collected or even to make it sound exotic and thus more valuable. Many of these names are not 'set in stone'. Whether or not the pair are from the same population is hard to say. I personally can't see differences in females of most forms of A. agassizii - including A. sp. Tefé, which is a very different species.

    I wouldn't worry about breeding them. I hope you try soon because the male looks old and frail (note the large head vs. skinny body).
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