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Just want to hear everyone's opinions on the pros and cons of the carpintis texas and the cyano "true" texas

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IME the carpintis digs a whole lot more the the cyano. The carpintis also gets better color IME. They both seem to be pretty hardy fish. If I had to pick one or the the other it would be carpintis due to color.
 

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I've noticed that cyanos get a bigger nuchal nuchal hump, also which would be a better "wet pet"?

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I couldn't tell you on the wet pet thing. Unfortunately I keep the cyano and carpintis in different tanks and the carpintis is a short body. The cyano is around 3" with a small hump and the carpintis is around 6" with no hump. I don't know the sex of either.
 

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Gotcha, still in the planning stage for the 55, but trying to see which one would be a better fit for it :)
 

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I also can say the cyano is a more personable then the carpintis, they both grow like weeds. Both of them seem to be bullies but never really fight. They are more bark then bite. Most of the other fish in the tank get chased but when they get cornered the Texas's just swim away.
 

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Good to know
 

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Flippercon said:
I also can say the cyano is a more personable then the carpintis, they both grow like weeds. Both of them seem to be bullies but never really fight. They are more bark then bite. Most of the other fish in the tank get chased but when they get cornered the Texas's just swim away.
It really depends on the personality of the cyano and caprintis. My cyano was extremely aggressive and I could never keep her w/ any other cichlids. She would even try and bite me when cleaning her tank. She was 10'' and it took years for her to get there. She was not afraid of me at all.

OP both would would be fine in a 55g. Cyanos get a little bigger then caprintis, and I think both would make great wet pets since they all have a lot of personality. Cyanos like water temps cooler then caprintis. There are also a few different varriations of cyano and more in caprintis. It just depends on where the fish were collected from. My cyano was more purple then green for example.

 

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Yeah, I was thinking if I get a carpintis, I would definitely want an "Escondido", for Cyano, I'm looking at a standard one... Here's a few pics of cyanos I've liked (I do know that the first one is in breeding dress)





Ps - as long as he's okay with me using his fish as an example, here's Aquamojo's "Escondido" - a truly magnificent fish

 

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I've owned numerous individuals of both species...and in my opinion, H. Carpinte varies more in temperament than any other cichlid species.

Most of them have been moderately pugnacious at one time or another. I've had a couple that were even fairly peaceful.

But I had one that was the only cichlid (even including RD's and BB) that had to be completely isolated...he wouldn't tolerate any tankmates (even larger, more established, and more "aggressive" cichlid species), even in a 125g. He destroyed heaters, filter intake tubes, and would violently charge the glass at people walking by.

My wife remembers him as "the real pretty fish that was psychotic." In fact that Carpinte is responsible for my username. The name refers to a 20+ year old Synodontus catfish that was barely removed in time...he long outlived his attempted killer.
 

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Wow, talk about a varying temper!

I keep going back and forth over body shape now, because I really like the "Lahillas" carpinte, but can't resist the cyano either... Keep em comin'!!!
 

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Here is a shot of my carpintis. Aka Jerry the digger
 

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Flippercon said:
Here is a shot of my carpintis. Aka Jerry the digger
Gorgeous looking fish! How big is he? Do you know the collection point? What size is the tank?

Oh and nice salvini too :p
 

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It is around 6 inches and I dont know the collection point. It was a rehome from a friend that needed tank space. The tank is a 55g and it does pretty well in there. The tank is my gfs and she like to keep random fish. I did have it pair up with my ebjd at one point but removed it to this tank. I will see if I can dig up the pictures of the two paired.
 

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Haha that's an odd couple if there ever was one!

What a color change from that size to the current size too!!!
 

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Wow, intense - how's the growth rate?
 

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I really haven't noticed it much since I see em everyday. But looking at the pics I would say about a half inch a month.
 
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