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Re: Opals and Red and Black apisto

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
in Mayland/Bork (German Edition). This variant is on some other lists
seen referred to as A. agassizii "Redback", a very nice fish indeed.
that is it...


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