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ok...im new to this ..i was given a bunch of fish from a school fete and one of them seem to be a baby malawi which went on to kill all the other fish one by one.... and now he is getting bigger and bigger...and outgrowing the small tank.

thing is i cant bring myself to flush him and have got quite attached to the little fella....

so i was going to get a much bigger tank such as a 4ft by1ft by 1ft tank that would be able to give him some room to live...

also i would like to give him some friends...ie same species

but before i can go into all of that i need to identify what kind of malawi he is and wether he is indeed a male even ??

any help would be great ...thanks.

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Well...I'm not even sure that it's Malawi...very hard to tell from that backwards angle. Can you take one from the side, so we can see the head properly?
 

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yeah he does have a funny head......maybe he is some halfbreed :(

please tell me what u think
 

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thanks for the tip.. i looked up that type and found a photo of a young Buttikoferis which seems to match mine quite well.

also this explains the aggresion.....and now i know this one will just grow to be massive....deffinitely time for a new tank.
 

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Coud be a Tilapia species but I agree its definately not a butti. I doubt that is a nile Tilapia either.

Not sure what it is, but if it is some kind of juvie Tilapia, there often not too easy to identify until a little older.
 

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oooooh....i love the suspense.....whatever he is he is going to get first class tlc.....thinking how he survived the school fete "grab a fish " fiasco ...and then the whole platic pool was tipped onto the grass for the fish to die...so i just went up and tried to save a few....i think i am a passive buhddist ......and he got saved......HBO could make this into a mini series. 8)
 

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Based on where you got him, a school, I doubt he is anything rare.
The pic gives some good clues like the rings on the tail.
I would bet he's a Oreochromis niloticus, Nile talapia.
 
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