That the Electric Blue Acara is a hybrid between a Blue Acara and a Ram should not be stated as some sort of fact. That is the claim and speculation made by some aquarists. Could be, but no evidence, let alone proof, has ever been provided by anyone. Specifically who actually developed it is unknown (though some claim it was developed in the far east). So not only who the breeder(s) are is an unknown, no info has been released as to how they developed it. First of all, it would be a cross of different tribes (Geophagine X Acara) which we don't even know whether it is genetically possible or not. Secondly, the fish breeds true where as hybrid crosses often do not. Not proof that it isn't hybrid but tends to support a line bred origin possibility. No identifiable Ram characteristics other then possibly coloration! Bear in mind, that so far, no commercially available cichlid hybrid breeds cross the barrier of tribe. Flowerhorn, Blood Parrot, Red Texas, man-made peacocks.......all are crosses of closely related species and many of these do not breed true. Some even have sterile males! You'd think by crossing very distantly related cichlids (assuming it is even possible?) you would produce all sorts? Yet, internet threads show when EBA's are bred for a few generations, the offspring are as uniform as any clutch of Blue Acara. And no sterility has ever been noted when it comes to EBA.Deeda is right. That is an Electric Blue Acara, (EBA) a hybrid Cichlid consisting of an Andinoacara pulcher, (Blue Acara), mixed genetically with Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, (German Blue Ram).
Picture shows 2 Electric Blue Acaras. No convict in the picture.Has your EBA spawned with what looks like a Convict Cichlid, next to it?
I'm not sure why you think "normals' should emerge from spawns of EBA since many, if not most, aquarium strain color varieties that have been developed do no such thing.if that was the case where are the so-called 'normals' (BA) that should emerge as a percentage of the spawning brood?
That was not a convict, but the female.Deeda is right. That is an Electric Blue Acara, (EBA) a hybrid Cichlid consisting of an Andinoacara pulcher, (Blue Acara), mixed genetically with Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, (German Blue Ram). And yes, sometimes first time spawning Cichlids can do all sorts of weird things, until they figure things out. Has your EBA spawned with what looks like a Convict Cichlid, next to it?