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Placidochromis phenochilus "Mdoka-White Lip"

Postby lambretta » Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:45 am

just brought one of these from the not so local lfs
tank of juvs mainly white body colour but 2 were very blue
i had one of the ones showing blue
would these have been dominant males in the tank or is that just wishful thinking
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Re: Placidochromis phenochilus "Mdoka-White Lip"

Postby lambretta » Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:09 am

should add since it has gone into the tank with bigger fish although still blue has gone much paler
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Re: Placidochromis phenochilus "Mdoka-White Lip"

Postby gverde » Mon Mar 16, 2020 2:00 pm

Mdoka white lips as juveniles do not have white bodies. Only the lips are white. They should all exhibit blue to purple bodies even females.
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Re: Placidochromis phenochilus "Mdoka-White Lip"

Postby lambretta » Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:07 pm

they all looked very pale in the tank except for the 2 that were very blue
really good and trustworthy lfs that are featured in uks practical fishkeeping this month
was looking at one fish and they told me it was an hybrid rather than taking my cash
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Re: Placidochromis phenochilus "Mdoka-White Lip"

Postby noki » Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:56 pm

Placidochromis phenochilus Mdoka is supposed to be similar to C. moorii, maybe silvery when real small but both sexes get blue. Koning's says they are blue at 6cm which is quite young.

By white I assume you mean more silvery. The largest males would get the most intense color, so you probably did get a male, assuming that there isn't some sort of tank mix up.

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Re: Placidochromis phenochilus "Mdoka-White Lip"

Postby lambretta » Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:29 am

yes i suppose silvery is a better description
all in the tank were about the same size so fingers crossed on mine being male,the shop worker thought it would be and all their staff are very knowledgeable , venting when possible and sound advice on mixing fish
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