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Twitch 07-31-2010 01:23 PM

ID this Cichlid (if it is in fact a chiclid)
I was at work putting the feeder comet goldfish in their tank when I noticed one of the new arrivals in the feeder tank was not a comet goldfish. I scooped it out and took it to my manager. I suspected it was a cichlid and asked my manager about it and she said it was a cichlid and I could take it home if I wanted it since we couldn't sell it.

So here it is. I'm trying to find out what kind it is so I can provide it with the correct environment. He is currently in a 2.5g tank until I can get my 20g out of storage sometime this week. Until then he is getting a daily water change and I'm keeping the tank spotless. I added some live java fern to his tank as well.

pumh 07-31-2010 03:04 PM

hoew big is it?
imo it looks like an african cichlid sort of.

Twitch 07-31-2010 03:35 PM

He's about an inch long, maybe a few cm longer. The pictures don't really show his color well. He is a clear-ish white but he has stripes that are kind of irradescant.

My manager said he was an african cichlid. But what kind?

Twitch 08-02-2010 01:29 PM

Someone on another board suggested he is a sunfish. I looked up a bluegill sunfish and this is what I found as far as a baby picture. So is he a bluegill or a cichlid?

Twitch 08-03-2010 08:16 AM


TankMAster 08-03-2010 10:47 AM

Yip, it's a bluegill Sunfish.It's native to most of the African River systems, some where I live. These are easily caught in any net or fish trap.

I suggest you release it to the nearest creek or river. It is an easy fish to take care of but grows as big as your forearm. They are not the most attractive looking fish.



Bluetangclan 08-03-2010 11:36 AM

Release it? Are you joking? A: Who knows what kind of diseases it is carrying from its time with the goldfish. B: Never release captive tank fish into local waters, for the reason of A, and the local environment isnt accustomed to an alien fish. Look at the oscar, tilapia, and plecos who run wild in US rivers. I see the latter two quite often when snorkling here in FL and have been told most of the lakes have oscars as well. Want something more devastating, look at the lionfish out in the Atlantic and see how the fish it shares the reef with like it, something like 70% of local fish are missing due to a predator with no enemies.

If you arent going to keep it, I would personally, your best option is mercifully putting it to sleep in the freezer.

Twitch 08-03-2010 11:50 AM

I will not be releasing it. I will be keeping it for now. What should I be feeding it?

Twitch 08-03-2010 02:32 PM

Oh and just as a note. Some of the goldfish feeders coming into our store have had ich. So he is definitely not going into any wild water. He's been with me for about a week now and showing no signs of ich. Should I treat him anyway or just leave him be as long as he isn't showing symptoms?

I think he is a very attractive fish. I looked up some pictures and video of a bluegill sunfish and they are beautiful in my opinion. I did read about the size but I figure I could just increase the tank size as he grows. Though, I did read that they like to swim in schools. Is it necessary to get him other fish to swim with once he gets into a tank that will allow me to add more fish? What species are compatible with him?

Oh and this can be moved to the correct section since he is not a cichlid.

juliocromus 08-03-2010 05:27 PM

Grow it
then eat it
A friend of mine did that with a baby trout he caught
He fed it live blood worms and when he was done eatin it
he said it tasted good?!!

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