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Postby cantrell00 » Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:12 am

why_spyder wrote:Yes and no. Most females are not as colorful as the males, but not all the females lack color.


Good way to put it...

Really though. Once you get past the handful of mbuna that HAVE attractive females, aren't most of them drab? On average, I don't think Cyno females are any less (or more) attractive than any other species as a whole.
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Postby Ryan82 » Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:02 pm

I agree, most female mbuna are drab (not just afras). I think the jalo reef and sp hara females look the best.
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Postby The King Crabb » Mon Oct 31, 2011 4:33 pm

Thanks for all the info guys, I think that the majority of them are sort of grayish - is that correct?

Ryan82 wrote:I think the jalo reef and sp hara females look the best.


What do they look like? I'm having trouble google imaging them.
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Postby cantrell00 » Mon Oct 31, 2011 5:31 pm

The King Crabb wrote:Thanks for all the info guys, I think that the majority of them are sort of grayish - is that correct?

Ryan82 wrote:I think the jalo reef and sp hara females look the best.


What do they look like? I'm having trouble google imaging them.


Similar to the males, especially if they are holding except their colors are not nearly as vivid. The yellow on their dorsal (Jalo's) & the blaze on their head (Nkhata's) are not nearly as bright.

The "Lion's Cove" strains are much more bland IMO. My Mbamba's (Lundu & Mpanga Rocks) are not nearly big enough to discern at the moment.

Why Spyder can expand on this further.. A lot of my guys have not reached adulthood yet.
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Postby why_spyder » Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:17 am

Many of the blue/black species have a light blue or light brown female.
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Postby cantrell00 » Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:31 pm

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Postby eeztropheus » Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:56 pm

Picked this guy up about a month ago he is now tank boss, but not showing as much orange as I was hoping...
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Postby why_spyder » Sun Jan 15, 2012 6:20 pm

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Postby cantrell00 » Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:03 pm

why_spyder wrote:Image
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Nice.. What is the guy in the 1st picture?
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Postby why_spyder » Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:05 pm

Cynotilapia afra Lupingu.... though I'm not sure if I need to start changing the name since the 'afra' name is changing, lol.
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Postby cantrell00 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:59 am

why_spyder wrote:Cynotilapia afra Lupingu.... though I'm not sure if I need to start changing the name since the 'afra' name is changing, lol.


Yes, I know... Just when I have most memorized, they change things.

I have always thought that Cobue's body shape and color pattering more closely resembled Mbamba moreso than Afra..
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Postby Shahlvah » Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:55 pm

Very beautiful fish. Congratulations on such a nice stock.
Can I ask here where can I find "Dave"? I am about to buy all my fish for my tank and I really like what I see. Thank you
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Postby cantrell00 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:57 pm

Shahlvah wrote:Very beautiful fish. Congratulations on such a nice stock.
Can I ask here where can I find "Dave"? I am about to buy all my fish for my tank and I really like what I see. Thank you



http://www.davesfish.com
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Dominant Jalo Reef Male

Postby cantrell00 » Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:32 pm

Probably my most favorite of all the Afra's

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Hai Reef

Postby Ryan82 » Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:42 am

This was sold to me as a Hai Reef. I'm not sure if that's correct. It could be a likoma or a dwarf chimate. There are too many afras labeled as "red top" that look very similar.

This was his coloration when I had dark gravel substrate:
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He got brighter after changing to play sand:
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