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Old 03-13-2008, 10:21 PM   #1
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What kind of cichlid is this?

This was one of the first cichlids I got in October and I don't remember what it is called. Can anyone help me?
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Old 03-14-2008, 09:21 AM   #2
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It is an lake Malawi cichlid of some sort. Can't tell exactly which one. Do you have a shot of it directly side on?
The Cichlid Room Companion - Cichlid catalogue try this and check Pseudotropheus socolofi.
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Old 03-14-2008, 03:14 PM   #3
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I think that is it. I will try to get a picture of it from the side but I'm not sure how that will work out.
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They should be a nice blue colour.... May be still maturing.
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Socolofi's are blue when they're fry.

Probably a hybrid (partially socolofi and possibly partial melanochromis sp. due to the evident horizontal pattern).
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That's what I thought, but the cichlid room companion has one of a similar colour. Regional variation?
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lake malawi mbuna looks lie a kenyi
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Old 03-26-2008, 08:58 AM   #8
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That's what I thought, but the cichlid room companion has one of a similar colour. Regional variation?
The socolofi on that site is displaying stress barring (which can occur at times during certain circumstances and causing the coloration to shift from powder blue to steel blue). It shouldn't be a permanent 'pattern', though. Regional variation? Hard to say. The socolofi is an unmistakenly blue fish.

Courtney, can you post a 'broadside shot' of this fish as maddox requested?

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lake malawi mbuna looks lie a kenyi
The fish courtney posted has no kenyi-like features at all. The shape of this mbuna's body and head greatly conforms with that of pseudotropheus socolofi, on the color/pattern is somewhat different (based on what is seen in that particular photo).
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I'm still trying to get a picture from the side, it isn't working too well. I'll have to try again today. That fish doesn't like the camer as much as some of the other fish like my albino. But I don't think that it's a kenyi. I have a kenyi in the same tank and they don't look the same.
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I got a few more pictures. Maybe these will help.
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