So I'm wondering if this fish is actually GBR or a Bolivian Ram...
In the case that it is a Bolivian ram, can they hybridize with GBR's and live peacefully with them? I have a 29g planted tank and there are adequate hiding places around the tank, so i was planing on getting a female GBR since this one is a male. I just want to make sure I know what species this actually is. Sorry if the picture isn't high quality, they were the best I could get.
Any help is appreciated
November 3, 2008
From that photo, the fish is neither a Blue or Bolivian Ram. I would suggest it is likely a female Apistogramma, though which I can't tell. Females of several apisto species are very similar with yellow ground colour and black vertical stripes. With a clearer photo I'm sure one of the more knowledgeable cichlid members will know.
November 3, 2008
It is common for the patterning on dwarf cichlids to darken and lighten according to the fish's mood, environmental conditions, etc. With the benefit of the additional photos I would tend to think this may be a species like Apistogramma regani, but I am not certain at all. It most definitely is not Mikrogeophagus ramirezi or M. altispinosa (the two rams) not only by the colour/pattern but the body shape is too elongated as both rams are a tad more "chunky" than linear. Did the store where you acquired it have any name attached to it?
Yes the store sold it as a german blue ram though i figured it wasn't after a few weeks. I thought it was the acclimation that caused the lack of color but apparently its a different species altogether. The fins do match that of a Bolivian ram, not to say that it is, but i think its a better way to describe it. It may be A. regani but the fins aren't round...
EDIT: http://www.fishbase.org/summary/26697 do you think A. maoe could be possible?
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