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Stumped trying to sex my A. borellii (?) "opal"!

cuddlechops

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Hey everyone I'm having a lot of trouble reaching a definitive answer about the sex of my opals I got a few weeks ago. The "male" of the pair hasn't colored up much at all and after sharing pics on reddit and Facebook apisto communities, it seems that no one can quite make heads or tails of what I've got (in terms of sex or species). Would really appreciate if any of you experts could lend me your opinion. Thanks! Pics below:
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MacZ

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The species is definitely a variant of A. borellii, so that is a safe one.
The sex... what size is this fish?
 

cuddlechops

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The species is definitely a variant of A. borellii, so that is a safe one.
The sex... what size is this fish?
here is a pic of the "male" and "female":
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male is on the left of the wood, female is peeking out on the right.

and here is a slightly better pic of just the female:
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MacZ

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I meant an estimate number in centimeters. This could still be a female next to a juvenile in the pictures.
If the fish is over/under a certain size it could mean definitely a male (if bigger than a certain size) or inconclusive (if under a certain size).
 

Mike Wise

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As MacZ wrote, the first photos show a variant of A. borellii. It is not what one would expect to see as an Opal color morph however. The lateral band is definitely odd, having a downward bow in it. It possibly is a genetic defect in the fish. I personally would never accept such a specimen it I wanted a true Opal form. I cannot say anything about the supposedly female fish. The photo are not good enough.
 

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