Discussion regarding only Lake Malawi species.
Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:33 am
When do Electric Blue hap ali males turn bule?
Thu Dec 19, 2019 5:57 pm
If you have more than one in a tank...maybe never. If you are asking about one male, start looking for color at about three inches.
Fri Dec 20, 2019 8:17 am
Thank you , that not as old as I was thinking !
Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:58 pm
I currently have fry and there's a little dude about 1.75" with a nice blue sheen and a small blaze. I can't believe it. This is an 'Iceburg.' Line bed variant from Germany.
Sat Dec 21, 2019 9:53 pm
In a group, you can get young dominant males to turn blue early if there are not other more dominant males. Same with Aulonocara.
Other than that, males should color up when sexually mature at 3". Fryeri/Ahli are the best at holding color which is why they are so desirable, they really need to be really stressed to show no color, because the blue male color is part of their hunting camo. Fryeri pretend to be safe breeding Aulonocara to sneak up on prey in nature. Wolf in sheep's clothing type idea.
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