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Identifying some of my mbuna species

Postby Rez Aquatics22 » Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:59 pm

This is my first one i need to identify.
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Re: Identifying some of my mbuna species

Postby Cosi » Fri May 01, 2020 9:15 am

Really nice fish. Cant say I have had one like it. I dont readily recognize the species but someone else may. However its features/proportions look like some type of Chindongo or possibly Pseudotropheus to me. Some more info might help narrow it down. Where did you get it? How big is it? How old is it or how long have you had it?
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Re: Identifying some of my mbuna species

Postby Cosi » Fri May 01, 2020 9:27 am

The thin barring and fin coloration looks like a Cynotilapia sp. 'hara' Gallireya Reef. Maybe an immature or subdominant male hara. I never kept hara so its just a guess on my part. Hopefully somebody will chime that has experience with hara.

http://malawi.si/Malawi/Mbuna/Cynotilapia/Cynotilapia%20sp.%20%27hara%27/slides/Cynotilapia%20sp.%20%27hara%27%20Gallireya%20Reef.html
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Re: Identifying some of my mbuna species

Postby noki » Sat May 02, 2020 11:57 pm

Yes, a subdominant male Cynotilapia "Hara" would be the first fish to compare to. If dominant, the male would get darker barring and lighter blue.

Just be aware that random fish found unmarked can be mixes that are hard to identify.
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Re: Identifying some of my mbuna species

Postby SoccerMbunaAndShak » Mon May 04, 2020 11:40 am

Looks like a subdominant hara. Beautiful fish, regardless of dominance.
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Re: Identifying some of my mbuna species

Postby SoccerMbunaAndShak » Mon May 04, 2020 12:28 pm

After looking at the species profile, it looks more like a C. axelrodi. I've never kept those before.
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