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We got 2 juvenile cichlids, 1 was orange the other yellow. Now we have one all orange with a tiny bit of blue at the tip of her dorsal fin (who is currently holding), and an orange turning black and purple/blue male(?). Anyone know if they're the same species or what they are?
 

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1. orange female = "Red Zebra", M. estherae

2. other is a male Johanni type, males turn black and blue from the yellow-orange juvenile color. Probably Pseudotropheus interruptus since they have the broken line markings, while Pseudotropheus johanni have more of unbroken horizontal lines.

If they bred, the babies will be hybrids. If being kept alone, just two fish, the male may beat up the female. They are easier to keep in groups.
 

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Thanks!
They are in a 49 gallon tank with 4 others (6 total)... well, technically now the female is in her own 10 gallon tank until she "spits", but normally they're all together. We suspect the male is the one whom fertilized her, but not certain. Time will tell I guess :)
 
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