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Postby DrgRcr » Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:43 pm

Wow, all of these pics have me :drooling: ! I have a question though. At what size do the Afras really start to color up? I have some Jalo Reefers that I mail ordered from a well known dealer as juvies 2 months ago. I've had my eye on at least 2 that seem to be slightly bigger(maybe an 1 1/2") as well as showing a bit more color.
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Postby why_spyder » Wed Oct 21, 2009 2:01 am

In my experience, a lot of Cynotilapia species will really put on some color between the sizes of 2" and 2.5". I've had some start to color up before that, but they really seemed to bloom once they hit the 2" mark.
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Postby jasien » Wed Oct 21, 2009 11:55 am

I have a bunch of C. Afra 'Jalo Reefs' and its at about 2" that the dominant male will show his coloring a majority of the time. It really depends on how much territory there is and how many females are around too. When isolated, they look pretty boring. But get a group of them and you can watch them forever.
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Postby ManiacalMbunas » Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:10 pm

Wild caught C. Afra Cobue male - all grown up:
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A younger pic - better idea of the colors:
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If only I could get some pix of him in full color. Unfortunately, when he's in the mood, he's never still...
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Postby chris777 » Wed Oct 21, 2009 5:36 pm

my C. Afra Cobue male

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Postby knotty dreadlocks » Thu Oct 22, 2009 12:37 pm

my jalo reef "scarface"
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Postby why_spyder » Sat Oct 24, 2009 10:19 pm

Not my good male, but one of the subdominant males...

Cynotilapia sp. Mbamba Mphanga Rocks
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Postby nfrost » Tue Oct 27, 2009 10:44 pm

not all my cynos, but the ones that I have decent photos of...

cobwe (both males are always colored; on a side note granulosus are amazing, she will eat pellets right from my fingers)
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axelrodi (he will occasionally show strong black markings)
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'elongatus mbenji blue' (rarely shows full potential, here is about half)
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'lion' Sanga (when I first got him his pelvic fins were much longer, but the other fish decided he didn't need them that long)
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Postby why_spyder » Tue Oct 27, 2009 11:01 pm

Nick, they look great! :thumb:
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Postby Afishionado » Tue Oct 27, 2009 11:04 pm

Impressive collection Nick!


Mara Point

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Postby DrgRcr » Tue Oct 27, 2009 11:31 pm

Still juvies at 1 1/2", but here is one of my Jalo Reefers. No sooner did I ask when, and then they started showing more color :D ! Not nearly as much as the other larger ones here, but they are showing promise.

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Postby why_spyder » Tue Oct 27, 2009 11:35 pm

DW, I still love your C. afra poses - always cool.

Nice Jalo's DrgRcr.
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Postby icedgxe » Thu Nov 19, 2009 3:32 pm

Here are my old Jalo reef a cobue before I had to take the tank down

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Here is a pic of the juv Jalo reef in my new tank...[/img]

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Postby ladybugzcrunch » Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:31 pm

nick a wrote:New Cyno for me. C. sp 'elongatus mbenji blue' (formerly Ps.)
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Still working with the Chinys. This guy is from the very first batch of F1s.
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And working three variations of the albino afra cobwe. keeping some of the fry from the yellow female separate from the rest to see how they develop.
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What is the third picture down?
Too many tanks!
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Postby why_spyder » Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:58 pm

They are Cynotilapia sp. "Chinyankwazi" from either Chinyankwazi or Chinyamwezi... I am not sure if Ad had split the two islands into separate species or not. Hopefully nick a will chime in with what he knows about them - he's done some research on these.
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