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Nyererei Red Tops

Postby mbargas » Sat Aug 13, 2016 8:00 am

My Nyerereis are now about 2-3 inches and are showing orange and red coloration on top, but it is limited to the front half. They are well fed and getting astaxanthin supplements.

Should I expect the rest of their top to color up soon? How long should it take?

I will try to post a picture when I get a chance.
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Re: Nyererei Red Tops

Postby mbargas » Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:27 am

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Re: Nyererei Red Tops

Postby King Kyoga » Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:56 pm

Nope because you got a hybrid
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Re: Nyererei Red Tops

Postby mbargas » Sun Sep 25, 2016 9:22 am

King Kyoga wrote:Nope because you got a hybrid


How do you know that it is a hybrid?
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Re: Nyererei Red Tops

Postby DJRansome » Sun Sep 25, 2016 5:45 pm

Was it sold with a scientific name and collection point? Not all hybrids are sold with marketing names like "Nyererei Red Top" but it's hard to be sure you are getting a pure fish if it is sold without an accurate name.
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Re: Nyererei Red Tops

Postby samaki » Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:38 am

Hi yes it's an hybrid because of the marking of the females, the morphology of the male, i will not be surprised to hear that some thick skin have been mixed in that fish(due to the female form and barring)
not make it spawn to spread this hybrid.
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Re: Nyererei Red Tops

Postby mbargas » Sat Oct 01, 2016 2:29 pm

DJRansome wrote:Was it sold with a scientific name and collection point? Not all hybrids are sold with marketing names like "Nyererei Red Top" but it's hard to be sure you are getting a pure fish if it is sold without an accurate name.


I should clarify my original post. It was not sold as 'nyererei red top'. That was just my own terminology to address the characteristic redness on the dorsal side of nyerereis. I am now less concerned about the lack of redness that I noted earlier. Below is an updated picture of the fish which clearly shows a greater extension of the dorsal redness.

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Re: Nyererei Red Tops

Postby mbargas » Sat Oct 01, 2016 2:34 pm

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Re: Nyererei Red Tops

Postby mbargas » Sat Oct 01, 2016 2:38 pm

DJRansome wrote:Was it sold with a scientific name and collection point? Not all hybrids are sold with marketing names like "Nyererei Red Top" but it's hard to be sure you are getting a pure fish if it is sold without an accurate name.


It was sold as Pundamilia nyererei, no collection point. I suspect it is Makobe, but that's just my guess.
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Re: Nyererei Red Tops

Postby mbargas » Sat Oct 01, 2016 2:45 pm

samaki wrote:Hi yes it's an hybrid because of the marking of the females, the morphology of the male, i will not be surprised to hear that some thick skin have been mixed in that fish(due to the female form and barring)
not make it spawn to spread this hybrid.


If you mean the markings of the fish on the upper left, that's actually an immature male Pundamilia 'Red Flank', which has subsequently colored up somewhat. I agree that it looks a lot like a thick skin (sp 44)
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Re: Nyererei Red Tops

Postby mbargas » Sat Oct 01, 2016 3:15 pm

Here's an updated pic of the immature red flank
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Re: Nyererei Red Tops

Postby samaki » Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:42 am

Hi yur red flank is an hybrid for sure.. if yu have no collection point about yur nyererei then.. it's useless to try to id it as many variants have been mixed in the trade..yu can have a mix of two population.. red top isn't a good indication.. yu need to know the exact collection point
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Re: Nyererei Red Tops

Postby Howzit » Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:41 pm

Hybrid or not, that's a good looking fish!
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Re: Nyererei Red Tops

Postby misterted » Sun Oct 09, 2016 4:59 pm

It is a good looking fish and you should enjoy them as such. But in an effort to keep the hobby clear of not naturally occurring fish please let them live out their lives in your possession and don't sell or give away any fry.
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Re: Nyererei Red Tops

Postby The Dude315 » Wed Oct 12, 2016 8:36 am

My Nyererei don't have the barring, but their colors change all the time. I had 4 males from the same batch. 1 went in my 75 with two females and 3 males went temporarily into my 150. The fish in the 75 looked vastly different than the ones in the 150. The 3 in the 150 took on a very deep dark red almost purple color where as the 1 in the 75 was bright bright red. The colors of the one remaining male in the 150 after I rehomed the others changed again when the two others were moved. It's color lightened, but is still no where near as vibrant as the 1 in the 75 with 2 females. Is the barring what is giving it away as a hybrid? It certainly can't he the color without knowing what it's status in the tank and what the other inhabitants consist of...
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