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Another type of butterfly ciclid?
Old 03-29-2009, 11:13 AM   #1
 
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Another type of butterfly ciclid?

So my LFS sold me another ciclid. Seemingly peaceful and attractive - but they told me this ciclid is a butterfly ciclid. It appears this is neither an African Butterfly ciclid or a blue ram. Any ideas what this "mutant" ciclid is?

This fish is roughly 3.25 long (an 1" bigger than my 2 blue rams) and sports 5 vertical lines like an African butterfly but seems to have ram-like fins and coloration.

Thanks. Would not mind finding a similiar or correct species for reference on this fish so all help would be appreciated.

BTW - this is a good fish. Smart, mellow, and playful.

EJ
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Old 03-29-2009, 12:08 PM   #2
 
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it looks to me like Bolivian Ram or Mikrogeophagus altispinosus
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Old 03-29-2009, 03:47 PM   #3
 
could it be a gold ram? I have seen some with red like that..
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Old 03-29-2009, 04:00 PM   #4
 
Nah it's Definitely a Bolivian Ram.
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Old 03-30-2009, 01:29 AM   #5
 
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thanks guys

I did a little internet research with your help and answers and I feel compelled to say this is a Bolivian Ram. And a very interesting fish. It appears this fish might be more durable than the blue rams. Even though the blue rams seem ok for now....

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Old 03-30-2009, 04:38 AM   #6
 
He will also get a lot more colorful as he starts getting adjusted to the tank. I have two Bolivians in my 20 gal, but they never let me take pictures of them sadly. Although I shall keep trying!
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Old 03-30-2009, 04:02 PM   #7
 
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he's a fantastic colour !
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