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This is a discussion on New to Fishdom within the Introduce Yourself forums, part of the Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping category; --> Sounds to me like youve got the following in your tank. In order of your description: Pseudotropheus lombardoi - Kenyi, Labidochromis caeruleus - Electric ...

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Old 09-05-2006, 08:36 AM   #11
 
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Sounds to me like youve got the following in your tank. In order of your description: Pseudotropheus lombardoi - Kenyi, Labidochromis caeruleus - Electric Yellow Lab, and Nimbochromis venestus - Giraffe Hap.

Try researching the three named above to see if thats what you have. Here are a few pics for reference.

Kenyi (this is a hybrid and looks slightly different from a true kenyi)


Yellow Lab


Giraffe Hap


And yes, these fish prefer harder warter with PH around 7.6 - 8.6 (ideal is about 8.2)
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Old 09-05-2006, 11:21 PM   #12
 
Yes!

SKAustin (Steve?) Thank you so much! You got two of them for sure. The Lab and the Giraffe Hap. Not sure about the Kenyi but I will research it more. The other two pics are right on. I can't believe how attached I have gotten to these fish! The Giraffe is a trip. I have a gelding (horse) that he reminds me of. Very silly and likes to play. The lab is pretty easy going and really pretty fat (I hope there are no more eggs in my future). I can't say thank you enough. Can the Kenyi be very dark blue with the black bars? I will do my research and if I can find a pic I will attempt to post it.

By the way... My PH was 7.8 today. Should I take steps to increase it? Dee
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Old 09-06-2006, 12:01 PM   #13
 
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Glad I could be of help, Yes a regular kenyi looks a bit different, darker blue with more uniform width black bars that extend right to the belly. Male kenyi will turn yellow as the reach maturity. Labs are great fishes and if you have a pair, they will breed at 6 months. They are mouth brooders and it really is quite amazing to watch. The Venestus will grow considerably faster and will consume any fish small enough to eat. I currently have two adult male and 1 adult female Labs plus 5 of their first brood. The female is currently holding her second brood. I also have in with them a Sunshine Peacock and a venestus. The venestus is for population control allowing only the strongest lab fry to survive.
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Old 09-06-2006, 09:56 PM   #14
 
I really am enjoying these fish. Thanks for the info SK. The Venestus will get a lot bigger than I had thought from researching last night. Currently everyone is the same size. I reseached pleco L 46 for my tank and WOW I had no idea a little fish could cost that much ($250-I can get a whole outfit for that ! Common pleco is looking better... Maybe even the candy stiped pleco I could justify. Do you think that my tank is too small for all these fish, honestly. I would like a bigger tank but I would want to do it right and really invest in something nice. Would it be reasonable to wait a year or so? I was thinking 5 gallons for each inch of mature fish and I thought that my fish would mature to about 5 inches or so (maybe bigger for the Venestus)? What do you think and thanks for your time. Dee
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Old 09-07-2006, 01:17 AM   #15
 
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Sorry this is a little late but welcome to fishforum lol....oh and those fish are beautiful!
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Old 09-07-2006, 06:25 PM   #16
 
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Yellow labs reach about 3-4 inches, Kenyi 4-6, venestus I have seen up pin the area of 8 inches. Ideally, these fish should be slightly overstocked, but should also be kept in a tank large enough so that the fish donot outgrow the tank. 55 Gallon is minimum for most Malawi Cichlids, though a 20 gallon will house a fair number of fish for about a 9 months to a year before they will need to be rehomed. If i might make a suggestion, i would consider a species tank of yellow labs in the 20 gallon, with plenty of baseball sized and smaller rocks, and a few artificial plants. 3 females and 1 male. With labs, it's a bit of a craps shoot as far as selecting sexes, but a good guideline is, males are generally brighter yellow with sharper contrasting blacks. Males generally have a diagonal black line across their eyes, females have been known to have less,if any, black on their anal and pectoral fins. As with most mbuna cichlids, the number of egg spots are reported to be an additional identifier, but i have found this method to be highly unreliable. Anyways, with this setup, you would begin to see the females holding (appearance of swollen jowels and gills) as the females reach about 6-9 months of age. they will stop eating and within a few days, you will see eyes peeking out from the mothers mouths. the labs will hold the fry for 2-4 weeks before letting them venture from the safety of her mouth. anyways, it truly is amazing to watch these fish going through this process, and watching the little fish grow up. and once grown, they can be sold to a LFS.
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I really am enjoying these fish. Thanks for the info SK. The Venestus will get a lot bigger than I had thought from researching last night. Currently everyone is the same size. I reseached pleco L 46 for my tank and WOW I had no idea a little fish could cost that much ($250-I can get a whole outfit for that ! Common pleco is looking better... Maybe even the candy stiped pleco I could justify. Do you think that my tank is too small for all these fish, honestly. I would like a bigger tank but I would want to do it right and really invest in something nice. Would it be reasonable to wait a year or so? I was thinking 5 gallons for each inch of mature fish and I thought that my fish would mature to about 5 inches or so (maybe bigger for the Venestus)? What do you think and thanks for your time. Dee
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Old 09-08-2006, 12:30 AM   #17
 
Thank you Flattrack! Looking forward to being an active member! I'm learning a lot. Dee
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