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Old 04-28-2014, 11:02 PM   #1
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First lab!

Got my first electric yellow lab today saw she was lonely so I took her (I think) home and in about 4 days when petsmart get their shipment I'll get a couple more anyone have an idea on the sex I guessed female cause of the lack of black on the underside but idk if that is wives tale or notClick image for larger version

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Old 04-28-2014, 11:12 PM   #2
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It looks pretty small so it will be hard to tell. But I would think male.
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Old 04-28-2014, 11:16 PM   #3
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Can labs and kenyi be together and if not what would be a good stocking ratio for a 46g bf with a fluval 405 canister aqadvisor says I can have 7 but idk if that's safe and if it is what would the male/ female ratio be on 7 will 2m/5fm work?
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I personally would not put Kenyis with labs as Kenyis can be aggressive. I would go with something blue for your tank like a sulphur heads or Ahli's. And for the amount of fish I would say that about 4 or 5 because the bow fronts don't have a very large foot print
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Female it's doesn't have any egg spots on the anal fin. Also yes if there is barely any black on the dorsal fin
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Not all male labs have egg spots.
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Old 04-30-2014, 01:49 PM   #7
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I personally would not put Kenyis with labs as Kenyis can be aggressive. I would go with something blue for your tank like a sulphur heads or Ahli's. And for the amount of fish I would say that about 4 or 5 because the bow fronts don't have a very large foot print

Kenyi males are mean SOB, females can be too. I used to breed Kenyi's, and they are very territorial/aggressive.

Also Sulpher (Maylandi) heads are black/yellow unless you mean Sulpher head Haplochromis, or Otopharanx lithobates which is commonly mislabeled as Sulpherhead.
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So no kenyi and probably a female? Thanks what other bright colored cichlids will be ok with her?
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First lab!

How big do sulpher heads and electric blues get?
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First lab!

Look at Psuedotropheus, and cynotilapia genus, also other labidochromis genus. Hongi island is one of my favs.
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How big do sulpher heads and electric blues get?

The Haplochromis ones get 6-8 inches.
A Maylandi Sulpherhead gets about 5"
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The Haplochromis ones get 6-8 inches.
A Maylandi Sulpherhead gets about 5"

What about the cynotilapia?
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3-5" generally. Each species has variations. So look at individual fish within each group.

When I was looking id google say "cynotilapia" scroll the the pictures. Pick one I liked, find out what it is, and read up on it.
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Look at Psuedotropheus, and cynotilapia species, also other labidochromis species. Hongi island is one of my favs.

Where would I get hongi island labs?
I have one lfs and it's a saltwater shop does order freshwater fish for me but besides that petsmart is my best bet
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3-5" generally. Each species has variations. So look at individual fish within each group.

When I was looking id google say "cynotilapia" scroll the the pictures. Pick one I liked, find out what it is, and read up on it.

Thank you that sounds like a good idea
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Where would I get hongi island labs?
I have one lfs and it's a saltwater shop does order freshwater fish for me but besides that petsmart is my best bet

I'm lucky I have a few speciality fish stores here. Here is a topic about some good places to order Sources

Livefishdirect.com is 15 min from my house. Like I said I'm pretty lucky. Their store is pretty sweet. And their fish look great. They are all locally breed in a natural hot spring, or in huge farm tanks.
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What's nice about ordering fish direct from a breeder is the fish are generally a lot healthier. The fish at petsmart generally change hands (tanks) 6-7 sometimes 8 times before getting to you. With a breeder the fish is moved from the breeding tank to the store tank, to you. A lot less stressful on the fish.
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