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Wild Cacatuoides “Blue” sexes

Landen Hansen

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Hi Everyone, I am new to this forum but have read things over the past few months in researching apistogramma. I recently bought two pairs, or so I thought, of wild apistogramma cacatuoides from David Soares. I need help with the sexing because I believe I may have received 3 males. I will attach a photo of the fish I am unsure of and the others, any help would be greatly appreciated.

Top pic is a male I believe
2nd to the top is a female (more yellow)
3rd is a male
4th/bottom I am not sure of. I thought it was a female but it chases the yellow female around a lot and is acting very similar to the males.
 

Landen Hansen

New Member
Sorry it is very hard to get some quality pictures. I guess my biggest question is this video mating behavior or just aggression? This is my dominant male. He chases every other fish (1 male and 2 females) around the tank non stop. He seems to be “showing off” but at the same time he is attacking this female relentlessly. I understand the aggression towards the other male because he is trying to establish territory and dominance, but is this something I should be worried about or a good thing? I asked David Soares and he said these are wild fish and aggression is normal but just wanted to show the actual footage
 

Landen Hansen

New Member
I have two males and two females in a 40 gallon breeder, I didn’t think that would be too small of a tank but maybe I’m wrong?
 

Mike Wise

Moderator
Staff member
5 Year Member
It really depends on how the tank is decorated. It needs many visual barriers and boundaries.
 
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