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Paratilapia of any specie normally has this nucchal hump. It is common with the genus. This isn't a hybrid but a "pure" bred paratilapia. Although whether or not it's fianarantsoa is a question because the whole Paratilapia genus continuously gets reupdated and changed. Pollenis is a specie of Paratilapia. There is no frontosa in this malagasy cichlid.
 

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OwenL said:
Paratilapia of any specie normally has this nucchal hump. It is common with the genus. This isn't a hybrid but a "pure" bred paratilapia. Although whether or not it's fianarantsoa is a question because the whole Paratilapia genus continuously gets reupdated and changed. Pollenis is a specie of Paratilapia. There is no frontosa in this malagasy cichlid.
Do you know if these are available in North America??
 

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They should be readily available in north america. I have a group of Paratilapia sp. I got from my LFS. They're becoming more common in stores it seems. Not as common as other cichlids like convicts but they're around. You just have to ask around. In fact, post a wanted ad for it on the trading post section of this forum. Someone may take you up on your request if not, Check online fish stores like aquabid and i'm pretty sure you may stumble into one or a group of it.
 

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frontsrock said:
OwenL said:
Paratilapia of any specie normally has this nucchal hump. It is common with the genus. This isn't a hybrid but a "pure" bred paratilapia. Although whether or not it's fianarantsoa is a question because the whole Paratilapia genus continuously gets reupdated and changed. Pollenis is a specie of Paratilapia. There is no frontosa in this malagasy cichlid.
Do you know if these are available in North America??
To my knowledge there are only a few individuals in North America that have this particular species, but you should be able to find others that are similar.
 

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frontsrock said:
OwenL said:
Paratilapia of any specie normally has this nucchal hump. It is common with the genus. This isn't a hybrid but a "pure" bred paratilapia. Although whether or not it's fianarantsoa is a question because the whole Paratilapia genus continuously gets reupdated and changed. Pollenis is a specie of Paratilapia. There is no frontosa in this malagasy cichlid.
Do you know if these are available in North America??
To my knowledge there are only a few individuals in North America that have this particular species, but you should be able to find others that are similar.
The number of people who are starting to own Paratilapia is growing. It's not at all too uncommon. However if we're talking about particular species of paratilapia such as Paratilapia Fianarantsoa or Paratilapia Fiamanga or Andapa, then yes possibly only a few individuals have them. I know from experience that I've met more than a few individuals who keep and breed a Paratilapia specie. Most of us just don't know in particular which Paratilapia we have. I for one, don't know because I acquired mine from my LFS. When I asked what i had; they said it was Polleni, but I got a hold of Mr. Patrick DeRham himself and his opinion based on pictures of my Paratilapia was that until my paratilapia were big enough, we may not be able to identify it properly. This coming from one of the ichthyologist who "discovered" the fish. Don't lose hope. if anything post in the trading post and i bet someone within your area in canada will have paratilapia.
 

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OwenL said:
Darkside said:
frontsrock said:
OwenL said:
Paratilapia of any specie normally has this nucchal hump. It is common with the genus. This isn't a hybrid but a "pure" bred paratilapia. Although whether or not it's fianarantsoa is a question because the whole Paratilapia genus continuously gets reupdated and changed. Pollenis is a specie of Paratilapia. There is no frontosa in this malagasy cichlid.
Do you know if these are available in North America??
To my knowledge there are only a few individuals in North America that have this particular species, but you should be able to find others that are similar.
The number of people who are starting to own Paratilapia is growing. It's not at all too uncommon. However if we're talking about particular species of paratilapia such as Paratilapia Fianarantsoa or Paratilapia Fiamanga or Andapa, then yes possibly only a few individuals have them. I know from experience that I've met more than a few individuals who keep and breed a Paratilapia specie. Most of us just don't know in particular which Paratilapia we have. I for one, don't know because I acquired mine from my LFS. When I asked what i had; they said it was Polleni, but I got a hold of Mr. Patrick DeRham himself and his opinion based on pictures of my Paratilapia was that until my paratilapia were big enough, we may not be able to identify it properly. This coming from one of the ichthyologist who "discovered" the fish. Don't lose hope. if anything post in the trading post and i bet someone within your area in canada will have paratilapia.
Thank you for all the info.I have posted a wanted ad in the Trading Post. I sure hope I can get some of these awesome fish!!
 

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There's a man from NJ currently working with this species, Jeff Rapp. I would try to contact him with your questions, he'll likely have the answers you're looking for. :thumb:
 

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There's a man from NJ currently working with this species, Jeff Rapp. I would try to contact him with your questions, he'll likely have the answers you're looking for. :thumb:
Thank you for the info....Do you know how I can get ahold of him? Thanks,Brian
 

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There's a man from NJ currently working with this species, Jeff Rapp. I would try to contact him with your questions, he'll likely have the answers you're looking for. :thumb:
Thank you for the info....Do you know how I can get ahold of him? Thanks,Brian
You can reach Jeff Rapps @ http://www.tangledupincichlids.com/ , there's contact info on the page.
 

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frontsrock said:
Darkside said:
There's a man from NJ currently working with this species, Jeff Rapp. I would try to contact him with your questions, he'll likely have the answers you're looking for. :thumb:
Thank you for the info....Do you know how I can get ahold of him? Thanks,Brian
You can reach Jeff Rapps @ http://www.tangledupincichlids.com/ , there's contact info on the page.
Thank you. I contacted Jeff and he doesnt have these. I did find that Spencer Jacks will be getting some late July. Thanks for all your help!!
 
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