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Old 01-30-2006, 01:03 AM   #1
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cichlids cichlids cichlids!! but what are they?

ok i took some pictures of all my cichlids but there are 2 that i dont know what they are(actually 4 but that was a different post) the 2 that i am wondering about are the first 2 pictues. i think they are cobalts but i am not sure. i got them from the famous assorted tank that pretty much all stores have. the other 2 i am wondering about but nobody has been able to identify are near the bottom of the last pic that look kind of like kenyi. i actually managed to get all of them ina group photo lol it wasa amazing.
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Old 01-30-2006, 01:54 AM   #2
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has same body structure as mine and judging by the two irridescent stripes on the forehead i'd say a cross bred of or a very poor quality Maingano (cyaneorhabdos)
I do have one throwaway fry at about 3cm who also doesn't have any stripes and looks exactly the same. most probably a female.
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Old 01-30-2006, 07:26 AM   #3
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#1 is a Maylandia Callainos AKA Cobalt.

Can you get a side pic of the second one?
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Old 01-30-2006, 01:42 PM   #4
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i can try but it looks like a pretty good match to me with the cobalt. what makes u think it might not be?
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Old 01-30-2006, 02:24 PM   #5
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The second one does appear to be a cobalt but I wanted to look at the sides to ensure they are not striped.
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Old 01-30-2006, 03:54 PM   #6
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ohhh ok they are not stripped. i can clearly see that myself without posting the pic. i opened up my curtains today in my room to see them in direct sunlight so i could see there true colours and they are just the most amazing blue. but from what i saw there were no stripes the only difference between the 2 is that 1 appears to be a litttle darker. i am hoping i got a male and female for the chance of breeding. thanks for your help
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Chances are you have a male and female. When sexing Cobalts, you can't go by the egg spots, they are false. Once they mature you'll be able to tell.
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Old 01-30-2006, 04:11 PM   #8
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i will keep hoping that i got the pair. i want to help my local fish store out by giving them most of the fry once they get big enough because there selection has always sucked big time for cichlid selection. i dont even care if they give me a credit i just want people to be able to choose from a wider range. i hope to breed yellow labs the cobalts and my peacocks. i will unfortunatly be forced to buy another tank (forced lol ya right) so i can grow out the fry a bit before i give them to the lfs.
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If you indeed do have a pair, be ready for fry! Our Cobalts are popping out fry about every 4 weeks. Our first batchn is almost ready for sale to the lfs.
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Old 01-30-2006, 04:48 PM   #10
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do you have pics of the fry? i always love seeing a big group of the tiny fry it looks soo cool. if u have a pic please post it
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