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Is this Neolamprologus tetracanthus?

Postby tangyanaspirant » Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:37 am

The LFS is selling these as "blue line cichlid" for about 11 bucks. They appear to be Neolamprologus tetracanthus, however there is a stark difference in the dark outer fin color vs the yellow outer color I'm seeing in most pictures. And the body/spots seem slightly different color though the light is probably different. Any ideas? I'm looking for something to try and breed in a 29. these guys I have a feeling get quite big even though I don't know what they are. Hopefully going to find some smaller tang. options , but it's limited in my area
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Re: Is this Neolamprologus tetracanthus?

Postby DJRansome » Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:37 am

They look like Paracyprichromis Nigripinnis to me, except for tail which does look more like the tetracanthus. Why not ask the vendor to confirm the scientific name?
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Re: Is this Neolamprologus tetracanthus?

Postby Mr Chromedome » Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:34 am

I have had tetracanthus at a young age, checked a photo in my files, it was a perfect match for these fish. I think the dorsal color changes as they get older, but those are definitely young Neolamprologus tetracanthus. I looked at some photos of the Paracyprichromis nigripinnis, and I cannot imagine any confusion between the two species.
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Re: Is this Neolamprologus tetracanthus?

Postby sir_keith » Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:10 pm

DJRansome wrote:They look like Paracyprichromis Nigripinnis to me...

Nope.

Mr Chromedome wrote: ...those are definitely young Neolamprologus tetracanthus...

Yup. Probably just a local variant with a bit more color. No way these are going to fit into a 29. :fish:
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Re: Is this Neolamprologus tetracanthus?

Postby Fogelhund » Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:27 pm

They are just normal tetracanthus.
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