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Need help with ID

Discussion in 'South American Cichlid Identification' started by Wilfried, Aug 19, 2019.

  1. Wilfried

    Wilfried New Member

    May 31, 2017
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    Recently a friend gave me 5 apisto which were bullying his other fish in his community tank and he needed to get rid of them. These apisto most likely are wild caught some place in Venezuela, as due to economic and political situation there are no imports and exports and the market is very depressed.
    So, the first two pictures show the biggest, about 6 cm... it shines from gold to blue and never shows any dots or lines like the others. the next two correspond to three very similar individuals, about 4,5 cm long. The last two photos show the smallest of about 3 cm which developed a nice yellow color, spends most of his time in the coconut cave.
    I appreciate your help to get a proper ID and advice if these 5 can stay together Apisto_1.jpg Apisto_1.1.jpg Apisto_2.2.jpg Apisto_3.jpg Apisto_3.3.jpg

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  2. rasmusW

    rasmusW Active Member

    Mar 7, 2018
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    hey there!

    i'm by no means an expert here, but they kinda look like the d47, i had. not sure how that fits, with the catch location if they are wildcaught.
    anyway, good luck with them.

  3. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

    Mar 16, 2004
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    Well, they are all species in the macmasteri-complex. The top 2 photos appear to be one of the populations/species related to A. hoignei. The rest look like A. macmasteri (a Colombian species) to me. With so many new forms collected in Colombia recently, I have problems keeping up with all of them.