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fishfreak2009 01-15-2010 03:56 PM

Suprise Cichlid
So about a month ago I bought this fish they ordered in at petsmart labeled as predatory rift lake fish. It was so small I couldn't tell what it was and they had no idea either so they gave it to me for free. Looking at it and watchng it grow I came to realize that it is a torpedo cichlid from lake tangynika (sorry for the spelling). It currently lives with a warmouth and a green terror in one of my smaller growout tanks. So happy this fish is worth a lot and I'm definitely keeping it. I'm very excited as it is another monster fish to add to my collection.

rrcoolj 01-15-2010 07:37 PM

"Torpedo Cichlid" is really broad because really all malawi haps can be called that. Can you maybe possibly give us the scientific name?

fishfreak2009 01-15-2010 08:21 PM

I guess I need to check more than one source. It's actually from Lake Malawi. The latin is Exochromis anagenys.

rrcoolj 01-15-2010 09:59 PM

Wow! Lucky you!

You picked up a heck of a fish. Be crefull. They are fairly calm for a hap but they can grow to 14" and are open water malawi predators. The will need atleast a 6ft tank so they have plenty of space to stretch thier fins. Give him food, good clean water, and a big tank and you will be rewarded with a very beautifull fish especially if it's a male.

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