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can anyone who breeds Cyrtocara moori send me some research materials dealing with the variability in coloration of different populations in lake Malawi, please? I'd really appreciate photos of adult male fish and baby fish (2-3 cm) with a specification of the place of capture, if possible. Thank you very much, my e-mail address is email@example.com
99.9% of the variants available in the aquarium are generations away from wild caught specimens.
The color variation is absolutely enormous and as such there are too many to list in one place.
A simple google search will show you some of the differences. It is nearly impossible to say where any of the variations available originally came from as they will have been line breed to achieve the best characteristics.
There are very few wild caught cytocara moori available in the trade and any adult specimens usually command a high price tag. Also due to the size that they get too, they are not carried by a lot of Local Fish Stores as adults need at least a 125g tank and bigger for multiples.
Thank you, I know. I'd really appreciate photos of baby fish (2-3 cm)
Use this link and it will show you pictures of juveniles.
This is a google link to cyctocara moori juveniles. There are pictures of juvenile fish on it, some of the fish it will shows are NOT moori but it will give you an idea of juveniles.
there are the pictures of juvenile fish, but not the picture of their father - adult fish, with a specification of the place of capture
With regards to getting pictures of generations of fish (father and fry), it is nearly impossible to provide that.
Different breeders will use the best fish to breed generation after generation. The information that you require, would need someone who breeds moori regularly for commercial sale to provide that.
Due to the size that moori attain, they are not a very popular fish as they need large tanks once adult and breeding regularly.
I personally have kept them a few years ago but currently do not. The fish I had produced several variation of fry but 99.9% of the time, they attain the coloration as seen in the first link I provided to you. Females being less colorful than the male in full breeding dress.
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