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ID: Red zebra?

Postby Markye247 » Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:59 pm

Hello,

If this a red zebra? It’s more yellow then red
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Re: ID: Red zebra?

Postby DJRansome » Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:53 am

Even the red ones are not red, they are orange. See the blur in my avatar for the color.

These have a good chance of being hybrids with yellow labs. Were they sold to you as Metriaclima estherae?
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Re: ID: Red zebra?

Postby Markye247 » Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:13 am

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Re: ID: Red zebra?

Postby DJRansome » Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:10 am

If they came out of an assorted tank, you may never know.

If it is important to you to know the species, you could rehome and start over purchasing pure fish from a very reputable vendor. PM me or other Members for ideas on reputable vendors.
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Re: ID: Red zebra?

Postby noki » Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:59 pm

Markye247 wrote:Hello,

If this a red zebra? It’s more yellow then red


These two do look like Yellow lab hybrids, which are very common.
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Re: ID: Red zebra?

Postby Old Newbie » Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:01 am

As others have stated, those look like Yellow Lab, Red Zebra hybrids. I have several in a 75 gallon tank and rather like them. They will get much larger than Labs and be very aggressive if they are anything like mine, but, they have lots of personality and never shy away when approached.
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Re: ID: Red zebra?

Postby Markye247 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:01 pm

Ok so now that I pretty much know that they are most likely hybrids, I have 1 female and 2 males. Should I buy more females of the red zebras, yellow labs, hybrids, or just leave them be?
I have 2 kenyi, and 1 giraffe too.
Was planning to get cynotilapia afra cobue, 2 male, 6 females to complete the tank.
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Re: ID: Red zebra?

Postby DJRansome » Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:14 pm

Rehome the kenyi and the giraffe.

Don't get the cobue as you will not be able to save fry from this tank. (Never get 2 males of the same species in any case.)

You could get more hybrids...any peaceful kind (not kenyi or auratus for example) will do as long as they are female and don't grow larger than six inches.
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