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My LFS has a new tank of "mixed peacocks". There is some funny looking stuff in there. I asked the kid what types of fish were used to breed them. He swore that the OB peacocks were a pure species. I disagreed with him, because I thought all OBs were man-made. He said "no, that's the way they look in the wild." What's the deal?
 

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OB's only naturally occur in a few mbuna genus' (Metriaclima, Labeotropheus, Tropheops - I might be missing one, always do.... :p ). There is NO Aulonocara (or Cynotilapia) that are OB in the wild! Tell the guy to pick up and read some of Ad Konings material! :lol:
 

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if all the "peacocks" in these tanks are very colorful when small in a group, they have been hormoned. they have deep reddish pinks and weird metallic light blues. avoid these.
 

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There are no haps or peacocks that are naturally an OB morph.

The only African OB morphs that do occur naturally are:

Tropheus &Tropheops species
Opthalmotilapia species
Cyprichromis leptosoma Kitumba
Metriaclima fainzilberi
Metriaclima mbenji
Genyochromis mento
Labeotropheus trewavasae
Paralabidochromis chromogynos


Feel free to print that list out and show it to the kid at the LFS that and ask him to show one documented, printed account of anything other than those species occurring in OB form in the wild. That oughta fix him. :thumb:
 

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Joea said:
There are no haps or peacocks that are naturally an OB morph.

The only African OB morphs that do occur naturally are:

Tropheus &Tropheops species
Opthalmotilapia species
Cyprichromis leptosoma Kitumba
Metriaclima fainzilberi
Metriaclima mbenji
Genyochromis mento
Labeotropheus trewavasae
Paralabidochromis chromogynos


Feel free to print that list out and show it to the kid at the LFS that and ask him to show one documented, printed account of anything other than those species occurring in OB form in the wild. That oughta fix him. :thumb:
don't forget ...
Labeotropheus fuelleborni
Metriaclima zebra
Mertiaclima callainos
Metriaclima estherae
Metriaclima pyrsonotos
Metriaclima sp. "zebra slim"
Metriaclima sp. "zebra gold"... a lot of the Zebra complex

are Opthalmotilapia species really considered to have the same type of polymorphism?
 

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noki said:
don't forget ...
Labeotropheus fuelleborni
Metriaclima zebra
Mertiaclima callainos
Metriaclima estherae
Metriaclima pyrsonotos
Metriaclima sp. "zebra slim"
Metriaclima sp. "zebra gold"... a lot of the Zebra complex

are Opthalmotilapia species really considered to have the same type of polymorphism?
D'oh!... I had "Metriaclima zebra types" in that list but I must have inadvertently edited them out when I was trying to remember Genyochromis mento and did a bad cut and paste. I didn't realize it was gone... I forgot L. fuelleborni... thanks noki.

Ok redrider, take the new improved list! :thumb:

I think O. boops share the same type of polymorphism but I'm not entirely sure the term OB, as it's used in Malawi cichlids is entirely applicable, but I added it for sticklers. :wink:
 
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