Apistogramma Cacatuoides Orange Flash

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I bought a pair of Orange Flash apistos from my LFS with the assumption that pairs were sold as M|F. *Mistake* After looking up the female version of Orange Flash I realized the smaller of the 2 is most likely a male also. However, I've read that in ornamental strains the females can take on male-like characteristics but is this a bit far-fetched? Either way they're both pretty little buggers, just looking for an opinion.
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I would say there is a chance it could be female, it is hard to tell though and I'm no expert. The older they get it may be easier. Good luck in finding out!
 

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Bru said:
I bought a pair of Orange Flash apistos from my LFS with the assumption that pairs were sold as M|F. *Mistake* After looking up the female version of Orange Flash I realized the smaller of the 2 is most likely a male also. However, I've read that in ornamental strains the females can take on male-like characteristics but is this a bit far-fetched? Either way they're both pretty little buggers, just looking for an opinion.
Looks like two males to me. You are correct about more line bred females sometimes having some male characteristics, but this fish has a lot of them! The surefire way to tell is to separate them into two different tanks and see how they grow up after a month or two. A sneaker or subdominant male will grow bigger and get brighter color when no dominant male is present.
 
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ktorg said:
Looks like two males to me. You are correct about more line bred females sometimes having some male characteristics, but this fish has a lot of them! The surefire way to tell is to separate them into two different tanks and see how they grow up after a month or two. A sneaker or subdominant male will grow bigger and get brighter color when no dominant male is present.
Thanks guys, I will definitely try this^. I'll probably move the smaller one to the community tank and see how it goes/grows!
 

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