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badbl 08-26-2011 08:13 AM

Identify this cichlid
Hi. I am trying to identify what i think is a cichlid. he was taken in a cruelty case and no one has any idea. Sorry about the photos, didn't realize how hard it is to take a pic of a moving fish. he is about 6-8 inches long. thanks!

ladayen 08-26-2011 09:18 AM

He's so pale right now I couldn't begin to guess. He should color up in a few days in a good tank.

badbl 08-26-2011 12:23 PM

oh. he has been there several weeks.. he must be terribly stressed. you should have seen the tank before they cleaned it - you couldn't tell there was a fish in there...

BarbH 08-26-2011 12:30 PM

I am wondering if it may be some type of pike cichlid?

ladayen 08-26-2011 08:50 PM

Hmm.. well maybe a jack dempsey? Wonder if you could get a hold of a UV light and try seeing what he looks like then.

stevenjohn21 08-26-2011 09:05 PM

Are you in the states ? Looks like a rock bass or some sort of native species like a sunfish

rrcoolj 08-27-2011 10:01 AM

The fish you have is a tilapia most likely Tilapia Buttikoferi. VERY aggressive cichlid. They are one of many africans that can hang with large central american cichlids. I have seen them make red devils and jaguar cichlids look soft. They need a big tank and heavy filtration and choose tank mates wisely.

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