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Old 04-09-2012, 08:24 PM   #1
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Identifying Cichlids

Recently (as in a half hour ago) acquired three new cichlids, and would like to see if I can get some ID on them. I know they're african (at least they were labelled as such.) One I know for sure is an electric yellow, which I was hoping for. The other two seem to be the same body build and I know that not all yellow labs are yellow with a black stripe, I've seen pale labs and so on. Could anyone help me tell what exactly the others are? The more pale/pink one seems to be a yellow lab, but I'm more concerned about the orange one. Pics attached. Thanks for your answers in advance!
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:31 PM   #2
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the orange one is a red zebra, and the third is prob a male kenyi.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:30 PM   #3
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the orange one is a red zebra, and the third is prob a male kenyi.

Thanks for the response! Will the zebra and kenyi be ok with yellows? There are two other yellows in that tank, bigger than the ones pictured. I'm hoping for a little overcrowding to help reduce the aggression, since the more bright colored yellow I have will stop being so harsh to the submissive one. Trying to even it out, ya?
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hmm im not exactly sure, but i know that adding multiple fish at once is a good thing, this way the aggression will be spreaded out. they may be bullied a bit because they are the new fish in. i have a red zebra, electric yellow, and a kenyi in my african tank atm.
you should take some more pics
im not exactly sure on the id's, but some more ppl will prob chime in soon, gl with tour new fish
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Old 04-10-2012, 03:43 AM   #5
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Red zebra, and kenyi are both very aggressive fish. But it depends on so many factors if it's gonna work. Their personalities is major, you aqua scaping and number of other fish?
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Also the little orange fish in the second pic could be a female salousi?
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:16 PM   #7
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Update and I'll get pics later...the pink-pale one labeled kenyi has taken on more of a yellow hue now. The two older labs that were in there before the newcomers are acting odd. Earlier the more bold one which I've identified as male was nibbling on the females side. Then after a bit they would spin around each other, lock jaws, release and repeat, every now and then the female would nibble on the males side before they spun around and locked jaws again. They've stopped now but sheesh that was odd
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Update and I'll get pics later...the pink-pale one labeled kenyi has taken on more of a yellow hue now. The two older labs that were in there before the newcomers are acting odd. Earlier the more bold one which I've identified as male was nibbling on the females side. Then after a bit they would spin around each other, lock jaws, release and repeat, every now and then the female would nibble on the males side before they spun around and locked jaws again. They've stopped now but sheesh that was odd
Red zebra , electric yellow labs , and Kenyis get along because they are all from lake Malawi. Only if you have too many males. I think the spinning around and liplocking is 2 males fighting or mating. Mating is a little different though... Are you sure the female is a female?? My males do that. Male kenyi are yellow blackish and blue is female.
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I'm pretty sure. I'm not an expert at venting but the smaller of the two older yellows seemed to have a larger hole near the vent, and the bolder one had two holes equal size. Assuming I did my research right in venting to determine sex.
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Finally got to update with some pictures, been a while because of work and all. Anyway, I did vent the larger yellows again when I took them out to rearrange the tank. Turns out both yellows were males. I'm disappointed and happy about it lol. The quarrel reveals he finally got brave enough to stand up to the bolder one, sad part is now I need to rehome it since the newest yellow is a female. The orange fish, from the research I've done seems to be a red zebra-still young but that's my assumption. The jury's still out about the pink/pale one, which is now much more yellow, but doesn't have the markings (strip on dorsal, pelvic and anal fins) that yellow labs have.

First two pictures are what is suspected to be the Kenyi cichlid. Third is the red zebra (assuming that is definitely what this is.) Fourth pic is a bit blurry (sorry), but is the group of the new ones (with the female yellow lab on the right.
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