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Malawi I.D. What am I?

Postby krix08 » Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:32 am

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Postby pikayooperdave » Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:25 am

Nice looking fish.

The first is metriaclima lombardoi. If male, it will turn to yellow as it matures.

Second is "johanni" type. Pseudotropheus johanni, pseudotropheus interruptus, there are some other species that also look very similar, could be one or the other or a mix of any of those. There is also a labidochromis caeruleus in the foreground.

Last picture is a metriaclima "zebra" type, but I can't say which one. Fish may be female? It could be a female of many of the various zebra varieties. It could also be a juvenile red zebra (but the blue color variaiton, of course)
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Postby lilcountrygal » Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:20 am

3rd one looks like my metriaclima callanois
55 G - AC110 and AquaTech 30/60 ~ 5 yellow Labs, 5 Callainos, 5 Callainos Blueberry, 5 Rusty
125 G - XP4 and AquaTop CF-500UV - 5 Pseudotropheus Williamsi North, 5 Labeotropheus Fuelleborni, 4 Lab. Hongi, 4 C. Moori, 1 Acei Ngara, Red Empress, Venustus
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Postby pikayooperdave » Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:39 am

My callainos have not had striping like that. Sometimes there are VERY faint stripes, in the right light, but not like in the picture above. However, I have never had callainos fry. Is that typical in juveniles, perhaps?
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Postby lilcountrygal » Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:32 pm

Actually, now that you mention it, mine dont have stripes either. However, I was just talking with a friend about the differences between Zebras and she showed me an article about very light barring in Callainos. I'll still stick with Callainos. I'll be anxious to see someone who can ID much better than me to see if we're correct.
55 G - AC110 and AquaTech 30/60 ~ 5 yellow Labs, 5 Callainos, 5 Callainos Blueberry, 5 Rusty
125 G - XP4 and AquaTop CF-500UV - 5 Pseudotropheus Williamsi North, 5 Labeotropheus Fuelleborni, 4 Lab. Hongi, 4 C. Moori, 1 Acei Ngara, Red Empress, Venustus
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Postby RifterFish » Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:21 pm

Try taking another picture of the third one. It could be a play of the light. When taken with a flash you can see some striping in the juveniles when really really young. But for the most part they are solid when not under bright lights like that. Here are some cobalt fry:

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Postby mgreen44 » Sat Mar 03, 2012 11:38 pm

First one is kenyi female or male that has not turned color yet. Second is Johanni
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Postby steviestv86 » Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:19 am

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Postby mgreen44 » Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:31 pm

steviestv86 great call on fish #2 you are right on the money :thumb:
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Postby steviestv86 » Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:08 pm

Thanks :thumb:
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