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post #1 of 14 Old 05-09-2016, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation PLEASE IDENTIFY!!!!!!!!! Help please !!!

Please help me identify these juvenile cichlids

Ignore the setup, they are temporary in this aquarium.
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post #2 of 14 Old 05-09-2016, 09:56 AM
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African cichlids aren't really my thing so Im not real good with identifying them. The third pic (the fish with the horizontal lines) I believe is Melanochromis Auratus. The second pic I think is a bumblebees cichlid Psuedotropheus Crabro. Let me a little research on the others.

150 Gallon - Mostly American Cichlids
135 Gallon - Angelfish Community
75 Gallon - Odd couple (Polleni/Angelfish)
55 Gallon - African tank
20 Gallon Long - QT
10 Gallon - Empty

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post #3 of 14 Old 05-09-2016, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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Yes the third one are auratus.. That's confirmed

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post #4 of 14 Old 05-12-2016, 05:30 AM
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Tall order with youngsters since they often change colors or get brighter in their first year or so.

The first one could be an albino Metriaclima Greshakei(I think it's more commonly known by "Red top zebra" or "Ice blue zebra") or white P. Socolofi. More likely a greshakei with that shape.

The second looks like it may be a bumblebee(Pseudotropheus Crabro), but the lighting is very bad. If it's blue, it could be another greshakei, Kenyi or hybrid. If it's yellow and black, it's a crabby. =)

Already identified your Golden Mbuna(aka Golden Auratus)...the last one is going to be the kicker though, you may need to wait until it's older as it could be one of several species, from the Greshakei, hybrids, Johanni, to the Labidochromis Mbamba, of which there are a few types I think.

Dangerous mix, FYI. All of those can be grumpy little turds.



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post #5 of 14 Old 05-12-2016, 06:05 AM Thread Starter
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Most of them have started to change the colors. The second one is yellow and has black stripes ( Second and the last pic are the same fish) .The fast one is starting to develop black stripes (still not dark).

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If he's yellow and black like a bumblebee...that last photo is either really off, or he's really ill(or could always be a hybrid lol). This is a bumblebee, so you can see our confusion =P :
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post #7 of 14 Old 05-12-2016, 06:29 AM Thread Starter
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Hahahah I know. His colors are constantly changing, every fish is changing color.
One auratus now has become blue with black stripes. ( I get cichlids are confusing)

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post #8 of 14 Old 05-12-2016, 06:31 AM Thread Starter
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His body is bluish, fins are yellow and he has black stripes( Lots of variations).
I guess I will have to wait for some time to see their real colors cause I have recently bought them

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The Auratus that turn dark tend to either be extremely stressed out or dominant. lol Mine was that way for her first few days after I got her, she went back to her nice gold and black though. I hear some males turn and stay that color though!

They change around a bit as they age(some species anyways), and also...if they were poorly cared for prior to you getting them, they will probably bounce a bit and be dull.


I recommend deworming them, regardless of signs. Just in case since many carry worms...but rarely get "infected" until stressed...which they then pass to everyone or get very messed up by them.



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post #10 of 14 Old 05-12-2016, 06:39 AM Thread Starter
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Yes. This is my first time keeping Africans.
I have successfully bred blue Acaras and I think they are easy to keep.

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