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Unidentified Cichlids

Here's where you need to go to get help identifying your Cichlids.
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  1. General Aquaria Discussion
    We have not had a guessing game for a long time, so I thought I would start one. Just a few rules: 1. Has to be a Cichlid! 2. Scientific name required (unless it is such a common aquarium strain that the common name is well known to just about everybody) 3. Should be an actual species, not a...
  2. Purchased a Jack Dempsey cichlid about 2 months ago but as he is growing he is starting resembles a juvenile Texas cichlid. I know these fish can look somewhat similar when they are young. Can anyone identify if I do indeed have a Jack Dempsey or is this little guy truly a Texas cichlid.
  3. Anoxic filtration. A very interesting concept that has been quietly lurking around Cichlid-forum since approximately 2019 (from what I have found & seen in old posts, at least). Recently @Rockfella introduced this filtration process to us in this thread, in the Aquarium Setup section of the...
  4. South American Cichlids
    I have a 150g aquarium that is 4foot long and is a tall rectangle will have fine pool filter sand. a sponge filter second air stone and eventually here shortly a canister filter as well. I was thinking about stocking this tank as follows with all juvenile fish to start. Any help with this list...
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