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Old 02-17-2011, 06:46 PM   #1
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Question Blue Ram not a Blue Ram (White in color) Help identify! W/PICs

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I just got back from Petsmart and made a very out of the blue buy. In their Blue ram tank all alone was a Ram that was white and black in color. I have never seen this before so asked what was up, They said it came in with the blue ram shipment but obviously wasn't a blue ram.
I'll post pics asap, he's acclimating now. (2 pics added.. more to come)
Cant wait to hear what you guys think, I did a very quick google search and couldn't find anything like him.
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:39 PM   #2
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Here are some better shots
Im almost certain its male(going by the ways of telling blue ram sex, pointed fins body shape and no sheen on its abdominal line/dot thing),
it has a very faint iridescent sheen like the blue ram has
also its eyes are an iridescent honey color or sheen purple

seems as though when it feels threatened it gets more black dots and lines, other wise its a very white/silver color and black/grey strips

any one have any idea what he is, I assume a ram of some kind, Any thoughts?
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:45 PM   #3
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That is a reallllly weird fish...uhhh... maybe juvenile keyhole cichlid...definitely not a ram.
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after searching google a bit more I think it might possibly be a Bandit Cichlid (Guianacara geayi), which can get like twice the size of keyholes. still not sure though
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looks a bit like a Bolivian Ram that hasn't colored up to me
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Old 02-18-2011, 12:43 AM   #6
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looks a bit like a Bolivian Ram that hasn't colored up to me
Definitely not a bolivian. No way it is.

I think you're right, bandit....Much more similar than my guess.
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Based on the actual body shape rather than going off of color, I'm thinking its a type of geophagus. I bought one from my petsmart but it ended up dying after a month.
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Thanks everyone!
So far his color is still the same, and as far as behavior goes he is actually getting along very well with my other fish, no aggression.
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looks a bit like a Bolivian Ram that hasn't colored up to me
I think it's a German Blue Ram that hasn't colored up yet. I had a similar one but was a female with a pink belly. My male has blue and orange in him.
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