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post #1 of 9 Old 12-15-2010, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
Cichlid ID Please

i went to my local LFS about 2 months ago to buy some plants but in the planted tank, i noticed some female bettas, angel fish, and these 3 tiny little fish, about the size of my pinky nail. they were being chased around by the bettas and angels. I asked what they were and they said they were some cichlids that came from "the mommas fishs mouth." so im guessing mouthbroaders? anyway, i bought them for only 10 cents each!!! i know its bad to buy them without any info on how to care for them T_T its been 2 months and they are large compared to when i bought them. they are now about 1.5 inch long, very very very active! constanly playing, chasing each other, stalking cherry shrimps (not even pecking them!)and chasing each other constanly lol. they are housed in my 10 gallon tank, heavily planted, 2 guppys, Xcherry shrimps.

i searched online for pics of all cichlids but....couldnt find anything...

heres a pic of the largest one.
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post #2 of 9 Old 12-15-2010, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
if it helps, fish guy at the store did say they were a form of african cichlid

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I'm not real good with Africans but it looks like maybe a Bumblebee cichlid (Pseudotropheus Crabro). Kind of hard to tell when they're so young.

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I'm not real good with Africans but it looks like maybe a Bumblebee cichlid (Pseudotropheus Crabro). Kind of hard to tell when they're so young.
i bet, when i first bought them, they were more round like discus. now their snout os more long and body is longer rather that round

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post #5 of 9 Old 12-17-2010, 10:57 PM
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I would say it is certainly a bumblebee to me, and if you got them for 10 cents that is a really good deal, they cost $8 at my lfs.

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post #6 of 9 Old 12-18-2010, 10:25 AM
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I'm not real good with Africans but it looks like maybe a Bumblebee cichlid (Pseudotropheus Crabro). Kind of hard to tell when they're so young.
i think you've got it jeaninel. i've got one of these guys in my 55g...a 10g is way too small for these guys, they'll get to be 6 - 8 inch (mine is around 7 inch). they may not be picking on the other fish (guppies and shrimp) now but they will and most likely eat them.
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post #7 of 9 Old 12-18-2010, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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i think you've got it jeaninel. i've got one of these guys in my 55g...a 10g is way too small for these guys, they'll get to be 6 - 8 inch (mine is around 7 inch). they may not be picking on the other fish (guppies and shrimp) now but they will and most likely eat them.

im sure, its only a temporary home for now. They seem to be doing fine so far though.

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post #8 of 9 Old 12-18-2010, 01:32 PM
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i think you've got it jeaninel. i've got one of these guys in my 55g...a 10g is way too small for these guys, they'll get to be 6 - 8 inch (mine is around 7 inch). they may not be picking on the other fish (guppies and shrimp) now but they will and most likely eat them.
The guppies should be ok (except for fry), but the shrimp will definitely end up as meals.
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post #9 of 9 Old 01-03-2011, 08:43 PM
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I would say it is certainly a bumblebee to me, and if you got them for 10 cents that is a really good deal, they cost $8 at my lfs.

I agree that they look to be bumblebee cichlids. They cost about $8 where I am too, on sale. I wanted to get one for my tank, but after a lot of research I discovered they tend to be more aggressive than the cichlids I was planning on keeping. And they do grow to be pretty big, around 6"+.
Congrats on a great deal on them! And watch out for aggression issues as they get older!!!

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