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post #1 of 7 Old 12-12-2009, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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My first cichlid!! Please help ID

We wanted something other than bettas, although we love our bettas. We picked up 2 african cichlids, I know that is a broad term. I have done some research ourselves, but can't findout what they are, can you please help me ID them??








Also, If I am only going to have the two in their own tank, what size should I have??
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-12-2009, 10:43 PM
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the light blue one looks like a pseudotrpheus socolofi and i'm not sure about the other.
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post #3 of 7 Old 12-13-2009, 12:15 AM
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All look like hybrids of a Acei cichlid which are from africa first one def looks like a acei though
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post #4 of 7 Old 12-13-2009, 08:52 AM
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You got a beautiful acie and socolofi there. The acei might be showing a little stress barring because of a more agrresive tank mate. Mbunas will often change thier color when stressed or holding babies.
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You got a beautiful acie and socolofi there. The acei might be showing a little stress barring because of a more agrresive tank mate. Mbunas will often change thier color when stressed or holding babies.
they are not being aggessive to one another at all(yet i guess)but that pic was take moments after being in a new tank my guess is if stress is there it is from that.
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they are not being aggessive to one another at all(yet i guess)but that pic was take moments after being in a new tank my guess is if stress is there it is from that.
It could be

I would stil watch that socolofi they are a little on the aggressive side as far as mbuna go. I would increase the numbers of both. They look very nice.
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post #7 of 7 Old 12-20-2009, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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We love our cichlids, but one died the other day, and another died today. Plus, when we got up this morning one of my bettas had died. I don't understand. Ever since I brought the cichlids home I have had nothing but trouble. I still have 2 cichlids left, and I am taking them back today. We are treating the other betta for ich right now, and he is doing much better. I think the ich came from the cichlids, so we have decided to take them back, clean the tank and recycle it and try something else. I will not be buying fish from petco anymore. The cichlids are the only ones I've bought there. I guess I should have known better, I was there about a month ago and almost half of their fish in the tanks were dead, and so were a lot of their bettas. I learned my lesson the hard way. So now I have an empty 6gl, and a 10gl with 4 otos. I was wondering if anyone knew how many female bettas I could keep in a 10gl with 4 ottos. I am dying for a sorority tank.
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