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So who am I???

Postby FreddyC » Sat Mar 17, 2012 6:06 pm

I found this guy in a "mixed Mbuna" tank of a local fish store. I bought him because I thought he was a Hap. But not that he is coloring up, I think it is more likely a Victoria Basin Cichlid. Anyone able to give him a proper name?

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Postby danielratti » Sat Mar 17, 2012 6:24 pm

Pundamilia nyererei? Not sure.
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Postby StructureGuy » Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:51 am

There is no way to tell unless he is fully colored and your male is not. Looking at your pictures, it could be several things or even a cross-breed. Does he ever show vertical barring?

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Postby FreddyC » Sun Mar 18, 2012 12:46 pm

Very light vertical barring. More so when he was younger, and it's very hard to see now.
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Postby 24Tropheus » Sun Mar 18, 2012 12:51 pm

I am thinking http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... hp?id=1572 but prob best to get him coloured up and older before guessing but with all the vic hybrids about you will prob never be sure.

Almost as bad as buying a Mbuna from a mixed tank. :wink:

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Postby FreddyC » Sun Mar 18, 2012 1:01 pm

Wow....the Xystichromis phytophagus is a very colorful fish. Guess I scored! He's going in an all male tank anyway and I will see how he changes as he grows. I'm kind of new to this, but I could tell he wasn't a Mbuna. Maybe I'll post again in a couple months.
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