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Lake Malawi ID Help!

PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:50 pm
by robdrumms
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Can someone help me with an ID of my newest fish? I can get a better picture if this one is not detailed enough. (The fish at the top of the pic is a Eureka Red Jake)
Thank you!

Re: Lake Malawi ID Help!

PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 1:16 pm
by james1983
Aulonocara Lwanda

Re: Lake Malawi ID Help!

PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:43 pm
by robdrumms
Thanks for responding. I certainly don't know a lot about Cichlid breeds but the Lwanda examples on the internet are a bit different than mine. His mouth seems to turn "upwards", almost like he has a larger "chin" and a smaller nose than other examples. Could just be a hybrid too I guess.

Re: Lake Malawi ID Help!

PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:52 am
by Fogelhund
robdrumms wrote:Thanks for responding. I certainly don't know a lot about Cichlid breeds but the Lwanda examples on the internet are a bit different than mine. His mouth seems to turn "upwards", almost like he has a larger "chin" and a smaller nose than other examples. Could just be a hybrid too I guess.


Yours does look quite a bit like a lwanda to me as well. It just looks like an older, often beaten up fish, which can cause the variances you speak of.... or, it could be a hybrid, impossible to know.

Re: Lake Malawi ID Help!

PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 9:22 pm
by robdrumms
Thanks for the info on my last post. It certainly was a Lwanda!!

My tropical fish store had a handful of 2” random Cichlids that he sold me for cheap. Some of them have started to color up and might be some great fish but there’s one I just can’t figure out. He’s getting some blue color throughout and no stripes. Seems to have the makings of a yellow top to the dorsal fin. Any thoughts would be great! Thanks!

Re: Lake Malawi ID Help!

PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 9:56 pm
by noki
Electric Blue Fryeri or hybrid of Fryeri. Juvenile is too long in body to be Aulonocara, much closer to Scienochromis fryeri which males get very nice blue, but may be a Fryeri X Aulonocara hybrid which are common.

Re: Lake Malawi ID Help!

PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:49 pm
by robdrumms
Thanks for the help! I’ll keep an eye on him as he grows to see if you’re right!!

Re: Lake Malawi ID Help!

PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:58 am
by Haplochromine guy
Hybrid Fish aren't that Valuable. I'd say he's/she's a Hap because there's no spots on the tail.