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Old 12-09-2010, 02:29 AM   #1
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Kenyi, or lab, or hybrid please help I have been told a million things

Sorry for the quality hope you can tell the difference







here(above) the blue is actually a light blue. When I got it is was a dark purple like below and barley could see bars. It changes color all the time and even its bar patterns change. Did I get lucky and get a pair of kenyi? Or still too early to tell, or neither lol



This is not my fish( the purple/dark one below), but the color when I got her/him. This is supposed to be a Kenyi but more of what MINE looked liked when I got it





RIGHT NOW my blue below is almost white/pink/Silver. her fins are still electric blue like. The body changes color all day and so does its bar pattern. Is normal for bar pattern to change? Usually has bars, but when its this light it don't. Sometimes they aint even straight bars if that makes sense








And here is my yellow today (below)



Yesterday with bars(below)




How Can you tell a lab from a kenyi? And I have been told the yellow one is a lab and a kenyi and been told the blue is a kenyi and a powder blue scolofi and a hybrid and a few other things.. Thanks in advance
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Old 12-09-2010, 06:46 AM   #2
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Looks like a yellow lab and juvie kenyi. Fish will display stress bars at times especially juvies.
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I have came to a conclusion I just went and got 3 more labs and 4 Acei Cichlids. Like the blue one that no1 can ID for me they Aceis turn from dark to light also, but only in certain parts of the aquarium. I have a gravel pattern in my tank where it goes blue white blue white. 5lbs of white, 5lbs of blue repeat across the tank. Im thinking they are tryin to blend in with the rocks? You can watch them change from light to dark in a matter of seconds, or its around certain fish, or just perhaps they are still young and or in a new tank, but the blue one Im tryin to ID went frm a Dark purple and now stays light, but when I FIRST added the Acei Cichlids it turned dark.. Pretty interesting
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:27 PM   #4
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I don't see a whole lot of places where you fish can hide. Mine love all the caves I created using river rocks. Also, they love to dig in the sand and move it around.
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Yea I know. Im going to redo my tank. I didnt know what I was doing when I did this. Gonna put lot of caves and plants in there. And sand substrate
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Yea I know. Im going to redo my tank. I didnt know what I was doing when I did this. Gonna put lot of caves and plants in there. And sand substrate
If you plant, plants lots and keep your fingers crossed - the Africans will generally uproot and consume anything green you put in the tank IME. Especially when they get bigger.
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What size tank are they in? Looks fairly small from the pic
s. Mbuna need at least a 4ft tank with much more rock work.
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The barring is too narrow for a Metriaclima lombardoi
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Pseudotropheus socolofi - check out these links is your fish like any of these?
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Not all socolofi have the all the black markings
Malawi Dream - Pseudotropheus socolofi Tumbi Point

Malawi Dream - Pseudotropheus socolofi Mara Point
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Your blue fish looks like an albino Pseudotropheus socolofi. Your yellow fish looks like a Yellow Lab...the barring is from stress.

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How Can you tell a lab from a kenyi? And I have been told the yellow one is a lab and a kenyi and been told the blue is a kenyi and a powder blue scolofi and a hybrid and a few other things.
The bars on a Kenyi are wider and extend from the dorsal fin and they shouldn't have the black stripe on the dorsal (top) fin. Yellow Labs have a more pointed face as well.
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The barring is too narrow for a Metriaclima lombardoi
Species Profiles -- Cichlid-Forum
Look through the photos on this profile.

Pseudotropheus socolofi - check out these links is your fish like any of these?
Species Profiles -- Cichlid-Forum
Not all socolofi have the all the black markings
Malawi Dream - Pseudotropheus socolofi Tumbi Point

Malawi Dream - Pseudotropheus socolofi Mara Point
If I had to pick I would say the first one here
Malawi Dream - Pseudotropheus socolofi Mara Point

only with bars sometimes, but I have also seen it be dark purple
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