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Hello everyone - I thought I had an all male tank until the smallest "Blue colored" fish has produced **** twice now! I am certain the father is a metrialima estherae (the dominent fish of the tank). All the fry are at different growth stages look like the father but have some dark spots/colour on the head and dorsal fin. The problem here is that I thought the blue colored female was a male metrialima estherae! But I have since read that females can only be orange and not blue!!! This is really troubling me right now as I would like to know what is the name of the female "blue" fish and did I cross-breed. Please see attached two pictures - the female fish in question is on the furthest right on both pictures. This is the smallest fish in the tank and has had **** twice and I think she is holding again within a 2 month period. There are verticle stripes and become more pronouced when there is a sign of danger. This little guy took no prisoners when she was holding and would even chase the dominate Red Zebra away - almost 4-5 times her size! Thanks for your help

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Yes, you did cross breed.

There are many Metriaclima "zebra" complex females that are bluish, or greyish... nearly impossible to tell many of them apart, if this fish is even pure.
 

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Ok thanks for the reply. Not really what I expected. I was hoping that the blue colored cichlid (not grey at all) might at least be pure. I was thinking cobalt zebra. I inherted these cichlids and did not purchase from store. I am now reading more and learning more. This female continues to breed and I am now unhappy. There are at least 6 **** that survived in the tank. I did not separate the holding female and let nature take it's course. Once they **** start growing this will be an issue for me. Do I flush them down the toilet as I don't want to take to LFS. Not a good place to be in.
 
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