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I have a breeding group of red zebra (1M/3F) in a 55 gallon fish tank. The male (4 inches) is pink color with a little light blue shade on the dorsal fin, while all the females (3-3.5 inches) are bright orange/red color. They are really beautiful fish.

So, I got my first batch of 10 red zebra fry yesterday morning. But surprisingly I found 6 yellow color fry plus 4 dark brown fry in this batch. I can't figure it out untill I did some research last night. I guess the dark brown ones are small blue zebra males and yellow one are small red females. Is that correct? But how can a pink male X red female produce blue male zebra? Is that normal? Or something wrong with the origin of my fish?

Actually I haven't seen any blue red zebra males around here. So is blue red zebra very rare?

Any input would be highly appreciated! thanks!
 

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What else is in the tank with the red zebras?
 

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It's really hard to say. I've never seen a red male and red female produce blue and red fry, but I'm sure it's possible.

You should be able to tell when they get a bit more size to them.

However, housing them with Yellow labs is a bit risky as far as determining whether any fry from either species are pure or not.
 

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Keep us posted while they mature. This kind of breeding with different fry has always interested me. Do you think you could post the site where you found this info?
 

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Peacock88 said:
Do you think you could post the site where you found this info?
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Thanks for all your input!

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Actually, I just read the article of "Metriaclima estherae (Blue)" carefully, and checked the images in the profiles. Please find the image of "juvenile blue male", my brown fry are exactly the same as the pic shows. But I also found this in the article:

"Juveniles of the "Red x Red" variants are hard to sex: they all have the same orange color. Sub-adult males, however, start to show a shade of light blue on the anal fin. At about 2.25 inches males will start to put on a light blue shade all over their body and fins, and thus become somewhat unworthy of their name. The females just put on a brighter orange color as they mature. Both males and females have "egg spots". Juveniles of the wild "type" "Blue x Red" are distinguishable right from being released by the mother." (I guess this is that I saw)

I'll raise the fry and keep you guys posted! Thanks!

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