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Need help IDing some assorted cichlids from a friend

Postby Taru » Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:21 pm

A friend is moving out of town and gave me three of his cichlids. He said he got them from an assorted mix. Sorry for the crappy cellphone pics.

Cichlid 1

Cihlid 2

Cichlid 2

Cichlid 2

Cichlid 2 and 3

Cichlid 2 and 3


Thanks in advance
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Postby ILCichlid » Sun Apr 22, 2012 3:06 pm

1 is a Red Zebra
2 is a Socofoli
3 needs a better picture to make sure
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Postby noki » Sun Apr 22, 2012 5:55 pm

1. not sure
2. not sure
3. not sure

2 and 3 may be hybrids with Johanni in them, or maybe Elongutus Ornatus in them.
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Postby RifterFish » Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:01 pm

The first pic looks like a red zebra. The second through fourth look like socolofi, however watch that barring on the body and face. It could be stress because they do show some barring when scared or just added to a tank, but if it doesn't fade in a week I would question the parentage. There should be no visible barring on the body or face when relaxed and content. As for the fifth and six pic, I have no idea what that one is. Not a socolofi for sure. For a fish to have vertical AND horizontal striping is strange. You might want to wait a few more days when they settle down to take more pics. The coloring is not accurate at this stage.
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Postby 702Cichlid » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:28 am

Just my two cents:

1. Metriaclima Estherae "Red Zebra"
2. Pseudotropheus Johannii or Cyaneorhabdos or a hybrid including one of the two
3. Tough to tell due to the angle, but a guess would be Psuedotropheus Johannii or Interruptus or once again a hybrid but with the johannii being a much more common fish.
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Postby 24Tropheus » Mon Apr 23, 2012 5:41 pm

Agree with 1 and 2
1. Metriaclima estherae "Red Zebra"
2. Pseudotropheus johannii or cyaneorhabdos or a hybrid including one of the two.

3. Prob is I think it has too clear barring even for Pseudotropheus interruptus. So not sure iether. Hybrid being the usual fall back.

Why no sand?

Part of the reason they are hard to ID is they are only showing stress colours because of the bottom reflextion. You can just paint the bottom to get rid of this (if you do not want the hassle of keeping sand clean). A reflective bottom stresses out Mbuna.

All the best James
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