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I.D. help (please)?

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Old 10-20-2008, 10:21 PM   #1
 
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I.D. help (please)?

Hi all, I bought an awesome-looking cichlid from the LFS, and it was sold under an incorrect name (go figure). I can't figure out for myself what kind of cichlid it is, the closest I've found is a nanochromis of some type, but only in general body shape... never seen a pic with this coloration. Any help would be much appreciated!
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Old 10-20-2008, 11:56 PM   #2
 
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I don't what he/she is but it's an awesome looking fish.
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Old 10-21-2008, 12:29 AM   #3
 
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That's Julidochromis marlieri. It's an African cichlid from Lake Tanganyika. It will get to be about 3" long and needs to be in at least a 20g tank. It should have hard water and a high pH between 8 and 9 in order to thrive. It's mostly herbivorous so it should be fed a spirulina based flake or pellet as a staple. It can be an aggressive fish. It may also eat your plants.
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:13 PM   #4
 
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Thanks batman! I've got him/her in a 55 gal, and I was pretty sure it was an African Cichlid of some type as thats the section of the LFS I bought it from (and wanted)... I keep the tank at a pH of ~8.1. Only one other African cichlid in there so far, somewhat smaller than him/her, but I haven't witnessed any aggression between the two as of yet.

I wasn't aware of it being herbivorous though, I do occasionally put algae pellets in there but I'll step up and expand the veggie diet! Only plastic plants in the tank, so no worries there :) Thanks again for the I.D.!
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