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post #1 of 8 Old 02-22-2011, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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African Cichlid Identification

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I need a little help identifying this fry I just got... I'll admit he was an impulse buy but I really want to care for him properly. The small petstore I got him from didn't specify what type of african cichlid he was, and now I am reading that It is important to know what kind in order to feed/care for them properly. He is currently alone in the tank. Any advice on what type he is/how to care for him would be greatly appreciated... He is 1 inch long roughly and is grey-ish but shimmers a blue color (which you cannot see from the pictures.)


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post #2 of 8 Old 02-23-2011, 12:08 AM
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Hello!

I need a little help identifying this fry I just got... I'll admit he was an impulse buy but I really want to care for him properly. The small petstore I got him from didn't specify what type of african cichlid he was, and now I am reading that It is important to know what kind in order to feed/care for them properly. He is currently alone in the tank. Any advice on what type he is/how to care for him would be greatly appreciated... He is 1 inch long roughly and is grey-ish but shimmers a blue color (which you cannot see from the pictures.)
I recognize it, just can't put a finger on it...it still looks pretty young so when it gets older you can tell for sure.

50 gallon Malawi Mbuna tank
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-6 Mainganos
10 gallon fry / QT
-9 Elongatus kanchedza fry
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post #3 of 8 Old 02-23-2011, 12:11 AM
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sort of resembles a clown lab, as they get older they turn more blue. the body shape is a little different though so idk...



50 gallon Malawi Mbuna tank
-5 Electric Yellows
-6 Mainganos
10 gallon fry / QT
-9 Elongatus kanchedza fry

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post #4 of 8 Old 02-23-2011, 06:26 AM Thread Starter
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sort of resembles a clown lab, as they get older they turn more blue. the body shape is a little different though so idk...


Yeahh he is a bit more streamlined than that particular fish but you probably know more than I do... It's hard to say because he was alone in the tank... I don't think it's terribly important for me to know the genus/species at this time (correct me if I'm wrong) but I'd like to know at least what lake he is from/what type he is. According to what I've read that's pretty important for feeding, etc.
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post #5 of 8 Old 02-23-2011, 06:40 AM
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He looks like he could possibly be Neolamprologus toae from Lake Tanganyika. But again its hard to tell with one so young.


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post #6 of 8 Old 02-23-2011, 09:29 AM
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Yeahh he is a bit more streamlined than that particular fish but you probably know more than I do... It's hard to say because he was alone in the tank... I don't think it's terribly important for me to know the genus/species at this time (correct me if I'm wrong) but I'd like to know at least what lake he is from/what type he is. According to what I've read that's pretty important for feeding, etc.
ya, the body looks more like it's a Pseudotropheus or something like that, but the important thing is what lake he's from. I don't know a whole lot about tanganyika or victoria fish though.

50 gallon Malawi Mbuna tank
-5 Electric Yellows
-6 Mainganos
10 gallon fry / QT
-9 Elongatus kanchedza fry
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-23-2011, 11:50 AM
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My first guess was a Demasoni but it is too light for that. I'll browse through some pictures and see if i can't figure it out :)

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post #8 of 8 Old 02-23-2011, 12:14 PM
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its way to young to tell yet.. but if i was to guess i would say a zebra.... perhaps a red top? .... not really sure though G/L

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