Males start out grey with black blotches on the body. Some may show a blue hue on the body as well. As they grow older the middle body takes on a more orange look and their face turns more blue-green. Tails are generally red with some red on the dorsal fins. Since this fish is a hybrid color may vary between individuals Most tend to turn more orange in the mid-body after 4.5 inches in length. Most are a very attractive fish that mixes well will many other males.
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These fish are mainly available through my special order list. Color can vary. Best color does not appear before 4" When 4" are available, I may bring some into stock as long as they continue to sell.
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Price is for a 3" Part Color Male.
Full-color males have orange on the mid-body.
3/4 color males have some orange on the body
1/2 color males have a hint of orange on the body
Little color males have no orange on the body.
Protomelas taeniolatus OB (OB Super Red Empress) (Hybrid)