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What kind of cichlid is this

Postby Jnm230 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:08 pm

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Re: What kind of cichlid is this

Postby Fogelhund » Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:13 pm

One of the Cynotilapia afra/zebroides
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Re: What kind of cichlid is this

Postby Jnm230 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:49 pm

Thanks he's my coolest fish even have a female with I could find some more and put a group in my new 125 gallon
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Re: What kind of cichlid is this

Postby noki » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:40 pm

There are different types at every spot they are found, and males vary a bit from individual to individual, so it is hard to know for certain but he looks like the type they call Red Top Dwarf or some variation of that name, like this fish from Lundo.

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Re: What kind of cichlid is this

Postby Jnm230 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:59 pm

Yea looks similar Good eye
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Re: What kind of cichlid is this

Postby CraGunner » Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:48 pm

I have a fish that looks almost identical to that one, and the breeder called him a Nkhata Bay Afra Yellow Blaze. But there are either several names or several very slight variations of this fish. Red Top Dwarf, Yellow Top, Yellow Blaze... All look pretty similar to me. Love this fish though. Of the several species in my tank, I think this guy is the most peaceful.
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Re: What kind of cichlid is this

Postby Fogelhund » Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:55 pm

The problem with many of these Cynotilapia, is that there is a great deal of variation in their colour. The Nhkata Bay fish is actually a zebroides, but that matters little.

They can look like this...

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All the way to having no yellow at all, or anything in between. So providing a correct location ID, if you didn't know when you bought it, is really next to impossible.
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