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Help me I.D this African Cichlid please!
Old 11-12-2013, 03:35 AM   #1
 
Help me I.D this African Cichlid please!

Hi everyone! I picked up this guy from a tank labelled 'Protomelas red empress' but I don't think he's that species...any ideas? He has a blue sheen on the face, yellow egg spots, silvery/grey body and some black on the fins. He's about 6-7cm. Thanks for your input all!
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:32 AM   #2
 
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I turned the picture round to make it easier to view as it was upside down.
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:37 AM   #3
 
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I would agree that it doesnt look like a Red Empress, juveniles usually have a black broken horizontal line running along the length of their body from eye to tail fin.

I am having a hard time working out what it is.
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:01 AM   #4
 
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Looks like a female peacock to me really. Not sure which one. Def not a Red Empress though.
(but then even I'm doubting myself lol. The anal fin is throwing me off)

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Old 11-12-2013, 01:04 PM   #5
 
The reason I think it's male is because in the tank it was in at the store it had its own little territory & was chasing the other fish out of it, fins flared. Not sure how I managed to post the picture upside down but thanks for fixing Taz! I'll try to take some pics at different angles
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Old 11-12-2013, 01:09 PM   #6
 
Here's another pic, I can't figure out how to add more than 1 pic at a time, maybe coz I'm on my iphone? So apologies for the multiple posts
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:12 PM   #9
 
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OK.. Thats a better look at the anal fin. I'm a little more confident it's a female. And I'm still leaning more towards peacock.
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:02 PM   #10
 
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My initial thought was that it was a young Aulonocara baenschi. but the more I look at the Dorsal fin, the more I am stumped.

It could also be a Pundamilia nyererei although I would expect more Orange showing in the anal fin at that size if it was.
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