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Sexing Apistogramma Cacatuoides Female?

Discussion in 'Apistogramma' started by Katsutaro Yoshimoto, Feb 21, 2019.

  1. Katsutaro Yoshimoto

    Katsutaro Yoshimoto New Member

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    I'm just wondering if you guys think this is a sneaker female or a real female. I've had her/him for about 2 weeks now with a male of the same species, eating normally. She hasn't layed any eggs yet but seems to be showing some yellow colors. Thanks guys!
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    dw1305 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Hi all,
    Nice tank. Magnolia grandiflora leaves?

    With the disclaimer that I have a very poor record at both sexing and ID, she is definitely A. cacatuoides, and I'm pretty sure a female. If you look at the leading edge of the ventral fins, and it is a solid black? She is almost certainly a female.

    cheers Darrel
  3. Katsutaro Yoshimoto

    Katsutaro Yoshimoto New Member

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    Thanks for the response! The leading edge of the ventral fin is definetly solid black. Those leaves are mini cattapa leaves that I got from Amazon, I have them mixed with small cut pieces of the larger almond leaves, but I like the look of the smaller ones the most.
    Here is the male btw. Stunner if I say so myself.
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    Don R New Member

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    I'm sitting in the same spot. Reading this however is making me feel like the second one I have is a female. The thing that's worrying me is how much pattern appears in her (for the time being) caudal fin.
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    Drayden Farci Active Member

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    Female A. cacatuoides can look almost identical to males, especially when older. The amount of color can be used as an indication, but isn't a reliable feature to judge from. Rather, use a composite of features: color, length of fins, amount of black in the ventral fins, yellow body color, and dorsal ray extensions. The first picture in the thread is certainly a female, and I have seen plenty of females with extended dorsal fins and tons of color in the dorsal/caudal.
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    Don R New Member

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    Good to know. which means the photo I posted on my own thread has a good chance of being a female.
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    Good to know. which means the photo I posted on my own thread has a good chance of being a female.
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    It is a female. I have similar ones as well.
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    Katsutaro Yoshimoto New Member

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    Yes definetly a female. She just laid eggs today in a tiny wood cave:). Thanks for the input guys! 20190226_205220.jpg 20190226_205457.jpg 20190226_205500.jpg
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    Katsutaro Yoshimoto New Member

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    Should I be feeding her more often now or the same as before? I've been feeding her home cultured california blackworms/dero worms/cyclops, frozen baby brine, and Hikari micro pellets. She won't eat flake or freeze dried bloodworms.