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Old 06-23-2012, 09:09 PM   #1
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ID this cichlid, please :)

Decided to add one Bolivian Ram to my tank after doing some research. It sounded like the best type of cichlid for me to start with in my established community tank. Anyway, I went to the LFS and went to the tank marked "Bolivian Rams". A surly teenage employee asked if he could help me. I asked if those were the Bolivian Rams. He grunted agreement, so I bought one. Now, after getting home, I'm worried that I might have been sent home with the wrong fish, because it doesn't seem to match the pics. Can anyone verify what I bought. It seems to be happily swimming around with my gourami now, but I want to return it if it is not appropriate for my tank. Thanks!
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:38 PM   #2
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Definitely not a bolivian

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Those are my Bolivians. As to what you were sold, I can't really help you, but I hope you get the answers you need
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Old 06-23-2012, 09:41 PM   #3
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Yep, that's what I thought. Should have brought a picture with me or asked to speak to someone who actually knew what they were doing.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:08 PM   #4
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http://www.cichlids.com/uploads/tx_u...b_05_009x7.jpg

That would be my best guess.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:14 PM   #5
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If this is the fish you bought, they get big and very territorial. If it was me personally, if this is correct, I'd take it back.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:17 PM   #6
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I think that's going to be my only option. I don't want to wait and see. Maybe another employee will actually recognize it.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:22 PM   #7
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Hope the link helped you out a little
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:23 PM   #8
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It might not even be the same.......that was just my best guess
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:23 PM   #9
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It did, thanks!
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:11 PM   #10
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Looks like a red devil, but the coloration is strange
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:34 PM   #11
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:39 PM   #12
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I can tell you that it definitely is NOT a Bolivian ram, or even anything in the mikrogeophagus genus! Lol
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:03 AM   #13
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Firemouth was suggested to me and, of all the pictures I've seen, it seems to be the most similar. I have no cichlid experience, so I'm just guessing He's an neat looking fish, so I wish I could keep him. Maybe I'll just have to get a bigger tank.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:12 AM   #14
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Most definitely also NOT a firemouth, or any other fish in the genus Thorichthys that I am aware of.
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Well, then the mystery continues
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:28 AM   #16
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I agree Severum mama! I think something in the cichlasoma genus
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It kinda strikes me as maybe a salvini cichlid.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:48 AM   #18
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It kinda strikes me as maybe a salvini cichlid.
Colors are all wrong and head is too oddly shaped for a salvini :/ I'm still saying either red devil or Midas, although I lean towards red devil
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I can't find any red devil picture that resembles his fish
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:10 AM   #20
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/puffinbytes/6843221376/

Not identical, but close IMO
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