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Re: A. borellii descriptions



Jamie,

At " (12 mm) A. borellii can be difficult to sex. Definitely stay away from
brightly colored faces and bodies. First look at the larger specimens. Pick those
that have no color and a lowest dorsal fin. These will probably be females. If
all the larger fish seem to be males, look at the smaller ones and pick out those
that seem less aggressive. There is a better chance of getting females. Get as
many as you can afford, at least 4-6. This will increase your odds of getting a
female. Any extra males or females can be sold as single males or pairs once they
grow up. If this fails you will have to buy/trade with someone who breeds these
fish and has positive females.

Mike Wise

Jamie Johnson wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> I approached the group a couple of weeks ago about some borellis
> I had that I believed to be all males. All my fish have the
> characteristic 'face paintings' and a dark lateral line with a aqua-
> blue body. Very stricking and colorful. The LFS contacted me and
> they have ~30 assorted sizes (1/2" to 1"). I'm going this afternoon
> to cull through the lot to find some ladies. I have a couple of
> questions for the list first:
>
> At this young age will I be able to distinquish the two sexes?
>
> Should I stay away from ones with bright "face paintings" (males
> only?)?
>
> Should I be looking for a dull-colored specimen with a dark line
> through the eye and rear fins or are they too young?
>
> Thanks for any info. Hopefully, I'm going to finally get this thing
> right! I just hate to buy a half dozen more males ;-)...
>
> Jamie    <"\\\><
> Greenwood, SC
>
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