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iv not bourght them. there in a friends tank hes got a comunity malawi tank and donsen't know wat they are as he bourght a few all at once from a LFS,he said the tank just said malawi it didn't have brake down of wat was in it so he just got the ones he liked. of coures i told him he was a numb skull but they seem all right. the blue one is about 3in and the green/yellow one is about 5in hes had them for a good year i just wanted to know what they were coz i would like some my self. the big one seams to dig holes in the graval if that helps

i'v looked every were and cant seam to find what they are i know they are malawi but thats about it
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Blue one looks like it's at least part Cyno. afra. Don't know other than that, having never kept afra myself. But the barring looks consistent.

The other one isn't Malawi... Or African, for that matter.
 

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Last two shots are Tilapia mariae, West African species that cave spawns. Young have vertical bars, but as soon as they mature those turn into a series of square blotches. Deeper bodied than Hemichromis, and the head is shorter with a steep profile, rather than the concave profile of the large Hemichromis species. The pattern is actually considered a mimicry of Hemichromis fasciatus and relatives, as they are extremely aggressive species that other fish try to avoid.
 

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Looks like Tilapia mariae to me also. They are really good looking fish but are extremely aggresive and not only conspefically. :(
 

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The Mbuna looks like one of the blue Labidochromis types, which are hard to ID. They are not real common, but are in the hobby. I suppose could be a hybrid, it's hard to tell.

The Tilapia seems to be the proper ID on the other fish.
 

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thanks for all the help the big one is a Tilapia mariae after looking at some photos on line the colours on the fins match up i think the blue one is eather one of these Copadichromis sp. "Kawanga No Spot" (Undu), Maylandia zebra "Makonde", blue Labidochromis which one is it most likely to be and i live in the uk if hat helps
 

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Tread softly with the T. mariae. I bought 6 years ago and ended up with 1 and she was one mean mother that never spawned but ended her life at my house crowded into a 10g isolation tank to stop the genicide of all cichlids African in my fish room. Brought her to a LFS and overnight she had a bunch of adult Red Devils, Texas Cichlids and a 24" Black Pacu trying to bail out. And she was the new mama on the block. :lol: I only laugh because she wasn't my problem anymore.

I think you get my drift.
 

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slapfish said:
thanks for all the help the big one is a Tilapia mariae after looking at some photos on line the colours on the fins match up i think the blue one is eather one of these Copadichromis sp. "Kawanga No Spot" (Undu), Maylandia zebra "Makonde", blue Labidochromis which one is it most likely to be and i live in the uk if hat helps
Copadichromis sp. "Kawanga No Spot" (Undu)...? Nothing even close to that fish in your pics, the blueish fish is clearly a Mbuna.
 
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