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Fish ID help please: Saulosi?

Postby Ddraig23 » Sun Feb 14, 2021 4:07 pm

Hi all
I’m new to Mbuna so would appreciate advice from the knowledgeable. I was sold these as Pseudotropheus / Chindonga saulosi. 4/12 old, approx 5 cm. 3 darker fish are bluish but lack the vertical stripes so I’m now having doubts about ID. Any advice / thoughts gratefully received. They are in a quarantine tank so excuse the decor!

Thanks!
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Re: Fish ID help please: Saulosi?

Postby Kagia » Sun Feb 14, 2021 6:40 pm

Looks like some variety of labeotropheus.
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Re: Fish ID help please: Saulosi?

Postby Fogelhund » Sun Feb 14, 2021 10:53 pm

These are hybrids, with some Labeotropheus in them, but no saulosi.
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Re: Fish ID help please: Saulosi?

Postby Ddraig23 » Mon Feb 15, 2021 2:22 am

Many thanks to both responders
I feared as much. What are the risks of them cross- breeding with saulosi?
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Re: Fish ID help please: Saulosi?

Postby noki » Mon Feb 15, 2021 12:57 pm

Ddraig23 wrote:Many thanks to both responders
I feared as much. What are the risks of them cross- breeding with saulosi?


They could breed with Saulosi, since they may be more dominant and may not have proper partners to breed with. Hybrids are not sure who to breed with, so they can readily breed with anyone somewhat close. Mbuna easily mix anyway in an aquarium, so you want fish that you can be certain that the fry are pure, if you are planning on saving fry.

Is that yellow one really that yellow?
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Re: Fish ID help please: Saulosi?

Postby Ddraig23 » Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:30 am

Yes - pics are slightly ‘bluer’ than real colours. Yellow is v yellow but do have egg spots. When I bought them the darker fish were pale / blueish but I thought that was because they were with much larger peacocks. I thought they would colour up and show bars. They have darkened but no sign of any stripes...
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