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I got him at walmart because he looked unique and he was in the "assorted african cichlid" tank. His name is Tommy pickles and hes about 4 and a half inches now, very mild tempered, except towards the dominant jewel in the tank, because the jewel is a b slapper and needs to be pushed around so I love tommy. But i dont know what he is, take a look at some of these photos and lmk what you think> please? thanks guys, lmk if you need anything.



 

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Looks like a Victorian Cichlid, might want to have the mods move it to the West African/Victorian folder and let the experts have a go as to which one.
 

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Yes, definately a Victorian or Victorian-like cichlid. To my eyes, looks like Astatotilapia bloyeti. The ones I had and have seen in the past were definately A. bloyeti because they originated from wild caught fish collected in Tanzania by an aqaurist who lives in my city. Though I couldn't say for certain that it is the very same fish you have......as many of these types of fish are very similar looking. Here's a link to a list of the genus Astatotilapia:http://www.cichlidae.com/gallery/genus.php?id=4
 

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Hey when he or she gets angry, these awesome black markings appear on his body...pretty wicked, ill try to get a photo of it. I watch him enough
 

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The fish is definitely one of the Haplochromides. Beyond that I can't help at this point. The egg spots are quite prominent which usually more of an indication of a male. It could very well be subdominant male or a juvie. It needs to color-up, IMO before it can be ID'd. But I am hardly a specialist on the Haps. I had young burtoni that looked similar but I don't believe it is a burtoni.
 

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xystichromis sp. lake kyoga flame back.

look at this video on mine spawning and notice the head shape body shape and placement fo the egg spots on the female.

kyoga flame back


here are a few stills of the female kyoga flameback. i bet your fish displays the horizontial bar as does this one when stressed.


 

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my guess is either female sp44 or kyoga flameback.
 
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