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Hello! I recently purchased a cichlid tank and was told that this was a South American Cichlid, but not given any further details about him/her. I compared pictures and have only a guess as to what this fish is. I'm pretty curious what kind of fish he is and what he needs... Can you guys help me identify him from pictures? I'd sure appreciate it!!

This is what he looks like today. He's relatively shy and runs off when I walk up to the tank, but the other fish run when he gets territorial. The first few days we had him, his black stripe wasn't complete, I'm sure he was pale from the rough transition. He also flashes a little red on his belly- but it's not a lot of red and at first I thought he'd rubbed against something from the look...









TIA!
 

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THANK YOU!!

I had seen pictures of those and thought he looked kinda like them, but I'm sure the pics I saw were either in better tanks or with better fish or something because they all looked much more extravagant than he? does.

I was reading about those and they said they were safe with plants... mine is not. :p He had a great time uprooting whatever plant was in there and shredding the leaves.
 

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If it's truely south american ... the only cichlid I know from there that even looks close to yours is an umbie ...
 

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Well...it appears to be a Salvini to me. This "Hoss" as labeled...certainly isn't the "Hoss" from the western show called Bonanza... :lol:
 

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gibbrishclown said:
The ad I bought them from called him a South American... that's all I really had to go on. :oops:
Central American if you want be exact. The seller probably didn't figure the difference.
 

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If you feed him shrimp or krill his color will come out more. yours looks like he has been taken care of well, so if you color him up he should be really stunning.
 
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