from a front view his mouth has a downward shape like a frown
He is still a juvenile, and not showing his best colors. He really does not look like the flameback in that link though :-? . I really hope our local cichlid guy didn't sell us the wrong species. It would be a sore loss for my hubby and I, we paid a lot for him. We have also spent hundreds of dollars at this store and it would be a dissappointment to find out they weren't as reputable as we were told.StructureGuy said:
Even a juvenile Haplochromis (Xystichromis) sp. "flameback" doesn't look like the fish in your first picture. Unfortunately, a "flameback" is a specific species but it has almost become the common name for every Victorian cichlid with red below the dorsal.azador said:He is still a juvenile, and not showing his best colors. He really does not look like the flameback in that link though :-? . I really hope our local cichlid guy didn't sell us the wrong species.
That's not a Haplochromis sp. "flameback" in the most recent link. The picture refers to it as a "Kyoga flameback" which is actually a different species that also goes by the name "Kyoga all red".azador said:Our "flameback" was sold to us as an endangered species (in the wild). I found this guy on the endangered species list and this is what the adults looked like in his store.
http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m56 ... eback3.jpg
Pretty hopeful that we got what we were sold :thumb:
Think this is a comon prob with Vics here too. Not all the sellers/shops fault but the breeders mistakes from way back.azador said:Yeah, confused and annoyed. Hate to admit it, but paid $25 for the fish and he is only about 1.5". I have done a lot of business with this store and I always thought they were pretty trustworthy. There are not a lot of stores here that carry cichlids so I was stoked to find one that had a huge stock and was clean. His show tank is beautiful, but even if this fish is a Kyoga flameback I now know I way overpaid. Our most attractive fish we have bought from him, he was labeled as a blue sunshine. He is an actual pure species, Aulonocara peacock, probably a red regal, but not sure. He was only $10 at 2", so I don't understand why the same family run store would burn us on one fish and not another? Thanks for the info tho, hopefully won't make another mistake like this one. :roll: