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Malawi Cichlid ID Help

Postby Ohio Cichlid Lover » Sun May 20, 2012 12:58 am

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Re: Malawi Cichlid ID Help

Postby noki » Sun May 20, 2012 10:12 am

None of them may be pure, hard to guess.

#3 is a Red Zebra, or part Red Zebra

#2 is a weird one

#1 could be a Metriaclima zebra type, but then could be a mix. Such a fish without male color is near impossible to guess for sure.
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Re: Malawi Cichlid ID Help

Postby 24Tropheus » Sun May 20, 2012 10:23 am

noki wrote:None of them may be pure, hard to guess.

#3 is a Red Zebra, or part Red Zebra

#2 is a weird one

#1 could be a Metriaclima zebra type, but then could be a mix. Such a fish without male color is near impossible to guess for sure.


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Only No 3 is worth keeping but is kind of odd looking.
Pretty sure No 2 is a hybrid.
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Re: Malawi Cichlid ID Help

Postby ILCichlid » Sun May 20, 2012 1:50 pm

Some goofy heads on those O.o
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Re: Malawi Cichlid ID Help

Postby Rare » Mon May 21, 2012 1:23 am

Maybe the 3rd pic is a M.Esterea

Nevertheless, they look perfect!

The first pic looks like a zebra of some sort. Could be a cobalt blue that has lost its color due to inbreeding too.
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Re: Malawi Cichlid ID Help

Postby 24Tropheus » Mon May 21, 2012 4:19 pm

Rare wrote:Maybe the 3rd pic is a M.Esterea

Nevertheless, they look perfect!

The first pic looks like a zebra of some sort. Could be a cobalt blue that has lost its color due to inbreeding too.


Erm do cichlids lose colour from inbreeding? Surely it is crossing variants/species then inbreeding and poor selection that loses colour?
But then "cobalt blue" covers a variety of variants of M.callainos mixed to get our aquarium type without much loss of colour?

M. esthera covers a number of variants too. Are we saying this one is pure M.estherae Minos Reef? I realy dought it. :wink:
It is though a pretty fish.
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Re: Malawi Cichlid ID Help

Postby nmcichlid-aholic » Tue May 22, 2012 1:58 am

#2 looks like a cross between an mbuna and a peacock (or maybe a fryeri). That's certainly a unique looking fish!
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Re: Malawi Cichlid ID Help

Postby Daffypuck » Tue May 22, 2012 2:19 pm

The links are no good anymore. But if I recall, the second very much resembled the markings of an exaperatus to me. I used to have a female that inbred with my Kenyi and Red Zebras a lot and thats what they looked like often.
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