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Old 04-10-2012, 05:15 PM   #1
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Can You IDENTIFY These Cichlids

hello everyone, i bought 3 cichlids over the weekend. however i have forgotten the names of them and want to do a bit more research on them, i will attach the pictures, if anyone can id them that would be great! thanks


the blue fish i know is pscudotropheus, but dont know what type? be is usually dark blue but sometimes goes a light baby blue.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:42 PM   #2
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The blue fish look like colbolt blue zebra. The fist pic I'm not sure of but looks similar to otopharnx lithabate. Either way I believe it to be Hal. Mog is the man to Ask not sure if his full name tho.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:09 PM   #3
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+1 that looks just like my cobalt zebra.
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Old 04-11-2012, 01:37 AM   #4
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The second pic is a cobalt. Can you get a side pic of the third fish?
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i think you might be right with that colbalt blue. i googled them and look just like them. picture 2 is the female and picture 3 is the male. here is a side on picture


also a picture of there teeth
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I could be wrong but I don't think cobalts have that dark blue/black barring on the fins.
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Old 04-12-2012, 01:33 AM   #7
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Try pindani for the one with the black tipped fins
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so are they not a pair that are likly to breed?
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:13 PM   #9
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Mbuna's are genetically very closely related and are capable of cross-breeding and producing hybrid progeny (generally not recommended).

Even if the female were a cobalt blue zebra like the male, they would only be a "pair" in the numerical sense. Mbuna's are polygamous breeders and are well suited to 1 male per several females per species and do not 'pair up'. This gender ratio will also minimize the chance of cross breeding.
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