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Old 10-10-2013, 02:39 PM   #1
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Fish identification

Hello, I have a few fish that I am trying to identify. I think I know most of them but I am having trouble finding a few. There is one black cichlid that has some white bars that I can find nowhere.
Here are some pics. There are a couple of small catfish that Are not photogenic so I didn't even bother.
Fish know when I have the camera. Sorry for the bad ones.
I believe the 6 small one are mpimbwe frontosa
I think there are a couple of "lab" type.
There are two that have bars across their face.
One of those guys are aggressive and I will probably get rid of him. The plecos, I have no clue.
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Old 10-10-2013, 03:07 PM   #2
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Pic 1 striped pleco is a Royal Pleco they get huge and need drift wood to feed on, one of the cooler looking plecos in my opinion. The other is a "chocolate" pleco. I believe it is a color variant of a common pleco. labeled chocolate to make more money.

Pic 2 and 3 mbuna not sure what type

Pic 4&5 is yellow tailed Acei

Pic 6 Frontosa but not mpimbwe they are burundi you can tell because the face mask extends all the way to the bottom of the jaw. Will get very large and needs 180 gallon tank.

Pic 7 looks like auratus hard to say I am assuming this is the aggressive one you were talking about aurutus are very aggressive.

Pic 8 another mbuna not sure what kind - guessing demasoni or cobalt zebra hard to tell from pic.

Pic 9 yellow tail acei, yellow labido chromis, Red zebra
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:39 PM   #3
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Cool. Thanks!! The guy I bought the tank from had the plecos and the 6 Frontosa. He told me that they were the other kind and actually that he bred them and sold off parents. I bought the setup for $200. So I was happy. I assumed he was correct because the images I have seen of the mpimbwe had a lot of blue. And these guys show off a lot of blue especially on their fins.
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Cool. Thanks!! The guy I bought the tank from had the plecos and the 6 Frontosa. He told me that they were the other kind and actually that he bred them and sold off parents. I bought the setup for $200. So I was happy. I assumed he was correct because the images I have seen of the mpimbwe had a lot of blue. And these guys show off a lot of blue especially on their fins.
You got a great deal whatever they are.

Its possible they are mpimbwe, but they look like burundi in the pics, juvies are hard to tell apart. You can tell for your self by looking at the masks all juvies frontosa show off blue in the fins so you cant judge by that. The only way to tell is from the mask, mpimbwes masks will stop just below the eye and have a dark line on the front of there head (this will thicken and get darker with age). Burundi mask extend to the lower jaw. Others types stop with dark patches on the cheeks.

Hear are pics of my mpimbwes as juvies





Also Fronts should not be kept with mbuna. Mbuna are fast moving aggressive fish. Fronts are slow moving more peaceful fish. The aggressive mbuna will really stress them out.
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Old 10-11-2013, 11:05 AM   #5
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The auretus is the only aggressive fish as of now. Well he is the only one that actually physically tries to harm the others. Most of the community have I suppose some kind of rank. They don't so much attack each other but they get close and start doing a little bit of showing off. I'll keep an eye on the frontosa. Just nice to know what I have. Instead of guessing.
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