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ladayen 07-28-2011 10:28 AM

can someone tell me what type of cichlids these are
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I just got some new cichlids that someone gave me they did not know what kind they are... could someone please help me identify them. I want to make sure they are compatible with my other fish before adding them into my tank.... thanks in advance.

bubbles1 07-28-2011 11:09 AM

i would say a jewel cichlid.

Byron 07-28-2011 11:45 AM

Looks like a Jewel Cichlid, Hemichromis bimaculatus. They attain 6 inches and are aggressive so other fish need to be robust. Need places to hide (caves, upturned clay pots, etc. Not good in planted tanks apparently. Soft water African fish, though manages in slightly basic water.

The yellow fish looks like a rift lake cichlid, not sure which species exactly [not too "up" on my rifts], a very different fish, requiring hard water.

ladayen 07-28-2011 11:54 AM

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thanks i thought it may be a jewel i have a better pic of the yellow guys i'll attach they look like different types to me but the guy called them both yellow labs.

Byron 07-28-2011 11:59 AM

They are rift lake cichlids, from Lake Malawi I believe. Not sure of the exact species as I said, but being rifts they are not "community" fish except with some other rifts in an appropriately-sized tank.

ladayen 07-28-2011 12:00 PM

Thank You so much that helps alot.

rrcoolj 07-28-2011 02:10 PM

The yellow one looks like it very well could be a yellow lab. They are a even tempered mbuna but still very aggressive compared to your standard community fish.

The other one looks to be some variety of elongatus. Theses guys are a little more aggressive than labs . Mbunas do best in a large overstocked tank with 3females per male. Keeping them in a different setting can have mixed results. They eat a mostly vegetarian diet and if offered too much protien they can get bloat and die. Elongatus get to about 7" and labs usually get to about 6".

Bluebirdnanny 09-15-2011 06:45 AM

The Jewel looks like it may be a Turquoise Jewel like my two. Only the one spot and more greenish/blue. Check out my 'abuse...' post to see just how aggressive they can be.

k19smith 09-15-2011 12:18 PM

I'm really thinking the dark solid yellow may actually be a red zebra cichlid can't tell 100% from the pic.

DrivingMissFishy 09-15-2011 04:26 PM

I'm a total cichlid beginner here but while trolling through forums/books/google trying to choose what to stock my tank with I saw a fish that looks like your darker solid yellow one. It was called "Aulonocara Stuartgranti (Maleri Gold)" like I said I'm a total beginner these other guys are experts!! Thought I'd just chuck that guess in there, it's all a learning curve right!
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