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Old 01-17-2015
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Default How easy is it to spot a hybrid?

I have some Ikola and some Pemba that I'm wondering if they could possibly be hybrids or if they just have not developed full color. The Ikolas in question are dull with very little contrast between the black and yellow. Some just dont have that bright yellow but the yellow almost looks brownish. The pemba in question are nice and bright with nice contrast but don't have a solid orange bar, more like a yellow/orange striping. All fish are young, under 2" but I'm questioning them because some of the smaller ones in each group are fully colored and look exactly like the pictures I've seen. Most pictures of groups I've seen and my other colonies, all fish are colored very closely where as my Ikola & Pemba seem to have quite a bit of variation. Maybe I'm just paranoid? I'll try to get some pics tomorrow to give a better idea of what I have, until then let me know if this is normal with young trophs.
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You're fish are very young.....barely juveniles . They are still going through the changes from fry to juveniles . In my opinion you're fish will not look they're best until they reach adult age and size . This will be roughly around that 4" size and somewhere around 1.5 to 2 years old . Also , keep in mind that you are going to see variations in your fish due to some of them being females and also due to hierarchy .
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Here is a pic to give you an idea, the one under the pemba is one in question. I'm hoping he will be pemba with just a wider bar. The others I'm pretty sure are just under developed ikola.
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Well that pemba was trying to seduce the one in question this morning so maybe thats why she looks different, its a girl thing. There are more that look like her but only a few that look like the male so thats probably it, I just always thought you couldn't tell the difference with trophs unles you vent. I'll just pull the obvious ikolas and leave the rest as pembas.
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