Discussion regarding only Lake Victoria Basin, West African, Madagascar & Asian Species.
Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:13 pm
Here is one of my four females...all have the same coloration:
Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:28 am
These were some of the few images I was able to locate....unfortunately they come from an era when a P~n~S was my only camera option, so the clarity is less than optimal.
I think you can see clearly enough to note the uniqueness of the the females tho.
I included another shot of the old male with different lighting.
Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:20 am
Except for the forehead, mine are looking like you males. Mine are still young but the coloration is coming...I am starting to see some reddish on the bottom half of my male.
Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:53 am
Those look exactly like the ones i have. I found it interesting that the females get red on their tail.
Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:33 pm
My females have a slight greenish tint but no red on anything..my male has developed black fins underneath belly.
Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:43 pm
If found this explanation at another forum about our fish and the designation of cf in the name and now makes much more sense on our discussion...
Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:27 pm
My females didn't devolop the red on the tail until they got older. I have seen other pictures with the red outline on the tail as well.
That makes alot of sense in relevance to our conversation. They are similar, but different.
At least we know we have the same fish.
Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:53 am
cf means that the fish is similar in many aspects and seems belonging to the same species, for that purpose, the fish has to have the same body color and the same morphology, and have to share the same habitat type wich is not the case here, we have two differentiated fishes from two locations and two habitat type with no link between them....I let yu thiÃƒÂ§nk by yourself
Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:56 am
Here is my question...I have 5 hap sp cross bar yala swamp in a 55 g, 4 females and 1 male, and all is peaceful. I have a chance to get a different line and add them to the tank. If I can get 5 more, should I? right now the males is almost 3 inches with the females a little smaller.
Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:53 pm
Hi yur ratio seems good , don't change, yu never know what could happen.
Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:44 pm
this a very informative post
ok so i understand we are dealing with 2 species here, one endemic to Lake Victoria Mbipia lutea Makobe Island that was included in the shipment from Germany and "Mbipia cf. lutea" sp."crossbar" from the Yala swamp region. (profile needs correcting stating victoria and not Yala swamp)
Do we know if Mbipia is endemic to Lake Victoria ? If so then the fish from Yala swamp can not be so. From what i have read the strain seems good so it is only the name in doubt, where i find agrement with xris in Haplochromis sp."crossbar" Yala swamp
Mbipia genus is endemic from rocky regions of Victoria lake and Victoria Nile. As far as I know, it has not been described from another lake(until some more complete samples are made)
Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:10 am
Here is a video of my four females from Texas, now about 3 inches long, and my four juveniles from Michigan which I believe are two males and two females and growing fast.
Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:37 pm
Latest video. The four juveniles have been in the tank for 37 days. Does it look like I have any males?
Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:12 pm
I haven't updated the fish that was sold to me as Mbipia cf Lutea, Yala Swamp which I now call Haplochromis Spotbar...any opinion, they are a year old now.http://youtu.be/uEXdo7BCI4I
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