Mike & Diane Wise wrote: > > Daryl, > > The original A. borellii (Opal) strain was produced in the former East Germany > (called Opalita) using highly colored "super" specimens. I wouldn't call them a > rarity, but the original pure Opal strains that produce mostly Opal offspring are > becoming rare. They are still around and available in the the US. A few wild > caught Opal specimens can be picked out of any shipment of wild imports. I am > sure that wild Opals produce off colored forms - since we probably don't have > inbred "super" specimens. When these wild "super" males (or females) are bred > with inbred Opals you just have to expect some odd combinations. > > Your Red & Black Apisto is not a normal commercial or common name. It sounds like > a name made up just to make them seem different. They could be anything. 90% of > all apistos have red and black markings, so this fish could be anything. > > Mike Wise > > Daryl Hudson wrote: > > > I was wondering if anyone on the list knows whether or not this fish is hard > > to find in the US? About six months ago, my LFS had a few. I went back to > > purchase them, and they had sold all but one pair (the best looking ones > > they had). They wouldn't sell me the final pair, said they were for display > > only! They haven't been able to get in any more. I've seen yellow borellii > > a few times, but not the opals again. > > > > Is their rarity caused from the 'opal' not being a set color form? Seems > > from some of the posts I've read on the Krib, some folks spawned borellii > > and got both yellow and opal fry. > > > > Another question, while I'm posting. Does anyone know which species goes by > > the common name "Red and Black" Apistogramma? I know common names can be > > sketchy, so give it a try if you'd like. I saw some labeled as such on a > > website, unfortunately, no pictures. > > > > Thanks for any help you can give. > > > > Daryl > > I've only seen an A. agassizii referred to as A. agassizii "Santarem Black/Red" in Mayland/Bork (German Edition). This variant is on some other lists I've seen referred to as A. agassizii "Redback", a very nice fish indeed. Hope that is it... Fredrik ------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is the apistogramma mailing list, firstname.lastname@example.org. For instructions on how to subscribe or unsubscribe or get help, email email@example.com. Search http://altavista.digital.com for "Apistogramma Mailing List Archives"!