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Needing help Identifying my fish

Postby jigo » Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:09 pm

I am quite new to taking care of cichlids, got these 3 guys from a pet store. All of them were listed as "Unidentified" and I am hoping someone can tell me what they are exactly. Here are side-view images of all 3 of them

https://imgur.com/sugzkye
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Re: Needing help Identifying my fish

Postby DJRansome » Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:17 pm

Uh oh. The vertical barred fish is Metriaclima lombardoi a.k.a. Kenyi. The horizontal striped fish look like Melanochromis auratus. These two species are some of the most aggressive African cichlids commonly sold in the hobby. What are the dimensions of your tank?
125G Borleyi, Multipunctata
75G Demasoni, Msobo, Lucipinnis
75G Calvus, Similis, Petricola
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Re: Needing help Identifying my fish

Postby jigo » Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:11 am

The dimensions of the thank they are in is; l:30' w:1" h:18.5'
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Re: Needing help Identifying my fish

Postby DJRansome » Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:10 am

The tank is not big enough for the aggression of these fish. Can you swap out the fish?

For a 30" tank you will want to steer away from most fish from Lake Malawi.
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