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Old 08-24-2012, 11:31 PM   #1
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Chocolate cichlids

Does anyone know how big a chocolate will get before it gets its colors?
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Is this the cichlid your talking about? The info is also given on the page if so

http://www.aquariumlife.net/profiles...lid/100154.asp
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That is the fish I am talking about, but the page did't mention when they would start showing their colors.
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Normally they will start to color up around 5-6".
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Does anyone know how big a chocolate will get before it gets its colors?
My experience is that they are lemon/all brown colored until about 3 inches. They start coloring up nice around 4 - 6 inches. Mine just hit 6 inches and is looking very impressive

They are extremely fast growing, so it won't be long.
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Ok great. My local pet store always have a tank full of them. People just seem to overlook them because of their boring colors. The guy looked surprised when I asked for four of them.
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The guy looked surprised when I asked for four of them.
I would look surprised as well considering how large and fast they grow.
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He said they looked really plain.
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He said they looked really plain.
It's kind of foolish to base a purchase on their appearance when they are in the 1 - 2 range. I can't think of any fish that look the same when they grow.

However, buying 4 at once would raise some eyebrows due to their adult size. Other than breeding, that would be crazy.
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Well I got 4 hoping for a pair. A friend is going to take the other two. If a pair doesn't form we are still going to spilt them.
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