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Hi Everyone, Can someone please tell me what the difference is between a Flameback and a Crimson tide? I was sold some breeding fish as Crimson Tides. One of the shops I sell them to are adamant they are Flamebacks. I have googled and what I can see, it resembles both depending on what picture I look at. This is my fish. Can someone please once and for all, tell me if it is a Crimson or not and what is the difference
 

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Flameback is the common name for at least a couple undescribed "Victorian-types". Haplochromis sp. "flameback" and Halplochromis sp. "kyoga flameback". I think your fish has a lot of resemblance to H. sp."kyoga flameback" https://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/species.php?id=1550 Though I am not certain that's what it is. (Could even be hybrid?)
Crimson tide is supposed to be the common name for the undescribed Pundamilia sp. "crimson tide". https://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/species.php?id=1570 I think it is clear that your fish is definitely not that.
 

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Thank you for your imput. It is hard because we have rarer choice within Australia. What we believe to be genuine, may not always be that way. I can't say I am happy with the outcome but at least I have a better understanding of that outcome. I have looked at all the links and to me he looks to be either Crimson but not the quality as some of those photos or Kyoga - yet again not to the same quality. Like you said, perhaps he is Hybrid between both - which does not make me happy at all.
 
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