I see...the photo you posted shows a coloration close to that in Ad Konnings book. Not sure what variant I have exactly since I didn't ask. But I read more about the Ruby Red and mine definitely doesn't look like that.paparossco said:nice fish I am not sure if there is another baenschi variant but here is my Baenschi "Nkhomo Reef" and the one that most of these people are talking about. I don't feed colour bits because they can turn yellow fish orange so it may be food related.
Yours is a true baenschi. As far as I know they are only found at two locations, Benga Bay and Nkhomo reef which is very close to Benga Bay.paparossco said:nice fish I am not sure if there is another baenschi variant but here is my Baenschi "Nkhomo Reef" and the one that most of these people are talking about. I don't feed colour bits because they can turn yellow fish orange so it may be food related.
Thanks for the links. The color in those fish looks more red than I'm seeing in the fish I have, but maybe time will tell. It's a little worrying that I probably bought something other than what I was really looking for, but nevertheless, if it's not a hybrid then I rest easy.Marduk said:Yours is a Ruby Red/German Red/Rubescens peacock...
Here are links to the profile: http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... hp?id=1313
and http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... hp?id=1311
Yours definitely is not a baenschi... Or at least I highly doubt it is... It could be a baenschi and rubescens/ruby red/german red cross though, or just a normal ruby red/rubescens/german red.
Man, that is an incredible looking specimen. I certainly like my current fish and I'm not looking to get rid of him, however I also hope he'll quickly grow bigger.Marduk said:Well technically the ruby red/german red/rubescens is a hybridized man made fish originally from breeders in Germany. Not that it's bad that it's a hybrid, just that you now know what it really is. If you like it, I say keep him. He has nice colors to him...
If you're wondering about rubescens though, this is a picture of the latest strain coming out of germany:
It's called a "blood red rubescens".
Heheh...my Mum always tells me she wish I went for an all-male tank instead of the 1M3F ratio I'm aiming for. More color is nice I suppose, but when I started off I wanted a more 'natural' ratio. Arguably, once fish are in an aquarium, it's all artificial anyway, even though we try to replicate nature in most instances.Melanochromis said:Stunning fish I like Peacocks and I would like to have an all male tank. :thumb: