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Hello,
Here is the aulonocara I purchased last weekend, but I neither salemen or I have any clue what type of aulonocara he is.
He is very dark, almost black. Look at the photos and let me know what you, guys, think.

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w245/Veterok7777/N1.jpg
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w245/Veterok7777/N3.jpg
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w245/Veterok7777/N4.jpg
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w245/Veterok7777/N5.jpg
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w245/Veterok7777/N6.jpg

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I'm certainly no expert, but my first guess is it may be a hybrid of 2 types of peacock. At least that is my #1 concern when a store employee can't tell me what species of fish I'm looking at.

But there are a few that are that dark.
http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... hp?id=1416
http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... php?id=638

Also, if it is a new fish, it may have darkened itself until it establishes it's "rank" in your tank. Was it the same coloration at the store? It may brighten up.
 

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Thanks for your response.
Yes, the fish was as dark in the store as it is now in my tank. It is dark, but still pretty attractive and I like it very much.
In most of the LFS I visit the employees get very confused once it gets to identifying Malawi aulonocaras, so in most cases I do not ever rely on them.
I also browsed this site and checked every available photo of aulonocaras, but could not really find anyone looking the same or very close.
 

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This fish looks very pretty and my suggestion is , no matter what keep it.

If you plan to spawn it I suggest to do it with Aulonocara maylandi fry coloration variant (with a little bit yellow on the top) could be very nice.

I know that many cichlid lovers do not approve hybrids and specially to encourage spawning more hybrids, but if you are not going to sell them/distribute them go for it.

There is a good chance that you will have a wonderful fish and that many of your friend would love to have one…

Mixing species can provide a very nice and beautiful fish
 

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I must admit that is a very nice looking fish you picked up. To me there is a very good chance that he is some sort of Hansbaenshi red shoulder hybrid, just judging by the small amount of red coloration that he has on his front fins and just behind his gill plate.
May even be pure, he is a little dark though.
Keep him love him he looks unreal.
 

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Thank you, guys, for you compliments to my new fish.
Yes, you are right â€" he looks unusual and unreal, and I love him, and I’m keeping him for 100%.
He adds a nice additional contrast color to my yellow lab/aulonocara rubescens/electric blue hap tank.
And he is smart. Usually for new fish I buy it takes them about a week to adopt to my tank (their new home), but already next day this guy started to swim in my aquarium like he used to live here his whole life 
I’m really sorry that I was not able to capture a really high quality photo of him… you know it is so hard to catch those cichlids frozen for a couple of seconds.
 

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I will say Hansbaenschi Red Shoulder. I have a Red Shoulder that looks almost identical in shape and color with just more red in the shoulder area. He also has retained the near black coloration in the body which I have grown to love. Could always be a hybrid too, but I'd lean toward Red Shoulder
 

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Well, still skeptical. Here are more photos, and as you can see there no signs of red on his shoulder (he is about 5 inch already).



 

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With the red on the bottom fins I would say he has a little cobue background?????
 

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Cobue hybrid. I still think the shots are too dark and if you please take a couple more, but yes, Cobue's my guess.

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This fish looks very pretty and my suggestion is , no matter what keep it.

If you plan to spawn it I suggest to do it with Aulonocara maylandi fry coloration variant (with a little bit yellow on the top) could be very nice.

I know that many cichlid lovers do not approve hybrids and specially to encourage spawning more hybrids, but if you are not going to sell them/distribute them go for it.

There is a good chance that you will have a wonderful fish and that many of your friend would love to have one…

Mixing species can provide a very nice and beautiful fish
Dude, you gotta be kidding me. First you suggest to breed it and than you don't agree with hybrids. The fish he has is not worthy of being bred. Come on people. There's 800+ species in the Malawi lake, what do we need more for.

*sigh*
 

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Ok, here is another shot. Without flash, but still you can see that he is not truly black, it's just his coloration.
 

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Xenomorph, honestly I would love to breed this guy, but I want to keep the same coloration. In order to keep this coloration I would need to find his female (which comes to be nearly to impossible).
Everybody who has seen this fish loves it. It is very attractive, and what’s most important â€" very unusual, so an extra beautiful line of fish is gonna hurt.
 

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still looks very cobue peacock too me. try breeding it with a female cobue it might lighten up a little, but cobues can be quite dark
 

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Veterok7777 said:
Xenomorph, honestly I would love to breed this guy, but I want to keep the same coloration. In order to keep this coloration I would need to find his female (which comes to be nearly to impossible).
Everybody who has seen this fish loves it. It is very attractive, and what’s most important â€" very unusual, so an extra beautiful line of fish is gonna hurt.
Believe me there's way better looking fish that's worth breeding and as our friend here mentioned he really looks like a Sciaenochromis fryeri hybrid.
 

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No way! I have Sciaenochromis fryeri (which is an Electric Blue hap) in my tank. They look totally different. I agree, your hap looks dark, but still....
As I said before â€" my new fish is Aulonocara, not a hap.

And here is a photo of my electric blue hap:
 
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