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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:08 pm Post subject: Pls identify this cichlid Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 Please  identify  this  cichlid.  It  is  beating  the  hell  out  of  the  convict  (contrary  to  convict  killing  it).  Convict's  fins  are  in  tatters.  (Now  separated)
 
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 11:26 pm Post subject: Re: Pls identify this cichlid Reply with quote

 looks  like  yellow  morph.an  african  cichlid..
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 12:03 am Post subject: Re: Pls identify this cichlid Reply with quote

 thtz  a  Red  Zebra  cichlid....a  lake  malawi  cichlid....way  too  aggressive  than  most  american  cichlids  like  convicts  of  same  size...plz  do  not  mix  african  and  american  cichlids
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 12:22 am Post subject: Re: Pls identify this cichlid Reply with quote

 Red  Zebra  Cichlid.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 1:12 am Post subject: Re: Pls identify this cichlid Reply with quote

 i  think  it  is  a  red  zebra  cichlid.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 1:54 am Post subject: Re: Pls identify this cichlid Reply with quote

 Thanks  abhi,  scorpio,  gautam  and  saurav.  Good  that  I  know  now  that  it  is  a  red  zebra  (was  sold  to  me  as  M.  aurutus,  which  I  knew  was  bovine  excreta),  but  I  mistook  it  for  Labidocromis,  the  one  that  comes  from  Lion's  Cove  with  almost  no  black  coloration  on  their  fins.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:46 am Post subject: Re: Pls identify this cichlid Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 This  fish  is  lovely.  On  the  third  day  it  started  feeding  from  my  hand.  I  do  not  know  whether  it  is  male  or  a  female  (though  it  has  pointed  fins,  and  egg  spots  and  a  pale  yellow  color,  I  cannot  identify  with  certainty).  Now  a  few  questions  for  your  expert  opinions:
 
 1.  Can  this  be  housed  with  other  Malawian  or  Tangs?
 2.  How  many  should  be  kept  ideally  (M-F  ratio)?
 3.  Can  I  give  it  occasional  prepared  protein  rich  diet  like  Tetrabits  to  enhance  yellow/orange  color  ?  Currently  feeding  Cichlid  Excel  green  as  staples  that  I  got  from  Deepak.
 4.  The  fish  has  been  digging  and  removing  gravel  in  its  mouth  creating  its  own  aquascape.  Do  both  sexes  dig?
 5.  Is  it  a  breeding  machine  like  Convicts?  Can  the  fries  be  sold  or  at  least  given  away?  I  dont  want  to  use  fries  as  feeders  or  cull  them,  *knowing  beforehand  that  they  cannot  be  distributed*,  I  rather  not  breed  them.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 1:33 am Post subject: Re: Pls identify this cichlid Reply with quote

 Hi  Avi
 These  are  indeed  very  lovely,  lively  and  hardy  fish.  There's  one  I  have  had  for  3+  years  now.  This  has  survived  2  fatal  tank  leaks,  2  major  powercuts  (of  atleast  8+  hours),  1  bailout  (when  it  was  housed  in  a  small  tub  while  the  tank  was  getting  repaired)   I  was  just  short  of  stepping  upon  it  !!
 Mine  shares  (but  also  rules)  his  tank  space  with  Yellow  Labs,  Frontosas,  Duboisi  and  Tetracanthus  (all  small  sized)
 These  fish  happily  eat  just  about  anything  -  cheap  red-green  pellets/Tetra  Bits/NLS  Pellets/Azoo  Pellets/Palak,  just  about  anything.
 "Digging"  is  their  major  preoccupation,  and  I  dont  think  they  breed  as  readily  as  Convicts.
 
 Enjoy  your  Red  Zebra   Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:02 pm Post subject: Re: Pls identify this cichlid Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  your  detailed  reply  Suby.  How  many  fronts  and  duboisis  do  you  have.  I  am  intrigued  by  hobbyists  keeping  Duboisi  and  Fronts  together.  Can  you  share  your  experience  about  how  you  feed  them  with  their  different  dietary  needs?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 3:31 pm Post subject: Re: Pls identify this cichlid Reply with quote

 Hi  Avi
 Sorry  for  the  delayed  reply.  Saw  this  only  today.
 My  overcrowded  African  Cichlid  tank  has  3  Fronts  and  4  Duboisi  besides  all  other  fish  in  it.  Well,  it  pains  to  recollect  how  I  had  to  so  abruptly  stop  feeding  the  protein-rich  diet  that  my  fish  would  revel  before  introducing  the  Duboisi.  Since  then,  it's  been  only  Cichlid  Flakes  in  the  mornings  and  Tetra  Bits/Azoo  Pellets/OSI  Cichlid  Premier  in   evenings,  and  a  feeding  of  Hikari  Bloodworms  just  once  a  week.  I  am  not  sure  if  I  am  doing  this  wrong,  but  I  am  doing  this  for  well  over  a  year  now,  and  no  one's  complaining.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 11:43 pm Post subject: Re: Pls identify this cichlid Reply with quote

 Thats  great  to  hear  Suby.  Are  the  duboisis  very  aggressive  towards  each  other  and  other  fish?  
 
 All  the  best.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:31 pm Post subject: Re: Pls identify this cichlid Reply with quote

                                                   
neoaqua  wrote  (View  Post):                
Thats  great  to  hear  Suby.  Are  the  duboisis  very  aggressive  towards  each  other  and  other  fish?  
 
 All  the  best.                

 
 Not  at  all  Avi.  
 But  the  Duboisi  are  hyper  -  always  hungry,  always  on  the  move.  Probably  that's  needed  especially  when  you  are  sharing  your  tank  with  Fronts.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 12:58 pm Post subject: Re: Pls identify this cichlid Reply with quote

 Dear  Avi
 I  suggest  you  not  to  mix  Metriaclima  Esthere  with  T.  Duboisi.  Because  both  are  very  aggresive  and  will  creat  trouble  for  you  in  near  future.  Fot  T.  Duboisi  you  can  go  for  any  substrate  dweller  Tangs.  or  any  mild  temprtment  malawi  sp.  
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:54 pm Post subject: Re: Pls identify this cichlid Reply with quote

                                                   
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Dear  Avi
 I  suggest  you  not  to  mix  Metriaclima  Esthere  with  T.  Duboisi.  Because  both  are  very  aggresive  and  will  creat  trouble  for  you  in  near  future.  Fot  T.  Duboisi  you  can  go  for  any  substrate  dweller  Tangs.  or  any  mild  temprtment  malawi  sp.  
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 Dear  Kaushik,
 
 Welcome  back.  Hope  you  enjoyed  your  trip  to  Kolkata.  
 By  mild  temperament  Malawi  sp.  do  you  mean  peacocks  or  did  you  refer  to  some  other  species?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:25 pm Post subject: Re: Pls identify this cichlid Reply with quote

 Dear  Avi
 
                                                 
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By  mild  temperament  Malawi  sp.  do  you  mean  peacocks  or  did  you  refer  to  some  other  species?                

 Aulonocara  never,  their  male's  are  too  aggressive.  I  mean  Blue  Dolphin(Cyrotcara  Moori),  Lethrinops,  Copadichromis,  Placidochromis  groups.Buy  them  in  juvenile  stage,  surely  be  an  assets.
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