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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 10:34 am Post subject: can anyone ID this cichlid? Reply with quote

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/22136914@N06/2634115834/
 this  is  a  photo  take  from  MR.Ajith  Roberts  link...  i  need  to  know  the  name  of  this  fish  as  well  as  sexual  dimorphism  between  the  males  and  females  of  this  type  of  cichlid...thank  you  for  your  replies..
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 10:49 am Post subject: Re: can anyone ID this cichlid? Reply with quote

 Looks  like  an  mbuna  crossed  with  a  Labidochromis.
 
 The  fish  in  the  picture  is  a  male.  Females  will  not  have  this  many  egg  spots  on  the  anal  fin.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:12 am Post subject: Re: can anyone ID this cichlid? Reply with quote

 are  they  hybrids?  moreover  how  to  differentiate  between  Maylandia  zebra  "Makonde"  and  Pseudotropheus  demasoni?  I  live  in  chennai  and  which  is  the  fish  with  the  higher  probability  of  being  available  in  fish  stores  here  in  Kolathur....?  seems  to  be  a  lot  of  confusion  in  naming  and  sexual  dimorphism  of  the  cichlids  available  here...
 thanks  mr.rahul  for  your  answers....  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:23 am Post subject: Re: can anyone ID this cichlid? Reply with quote

 P.  demasoni  has  stripes  all  the  way  down  to  the  tail,  in  Maylandia  the  stripes  start  fading  out  midway  down  the  dorsal  fin.  There  are  other  differences,  such  as  body  shape  and  colour,  but  you  have  to  compare  the  fish  in  person  to  make  those  out.
 
 The  fish  in  the  OP  is  at  least  50%  M.  zebra,  which  is  the  fish  you  are  most  likely  to  find  here.  Forget  regional  variants,  what  you  get  here  is  an  aquarium  strain  Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:25 am Post subject: Re: can anyone ID this cichlid? Reply with quote

 Both  are  pretty  different  esp  with  regards  to  the  color  of  dorsal  fin.  I  have  no  idea  about  'Makonde'  though.
 Most  of  the  mbunas  you  see  in  Kolathur  are  hybrids.  Shankar  used  to  have  demasoni.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:31 am Post subject: Re: can anyone ID this cichlid? Reply with quote

 then  there  is  no  obsolete  way  of  identifying  the  strains  found  here....hmmm...  as  far  as  hybrids  goes  what  is  the  probability  that  most  of  the  brood  will  be  male  or  females?  because  i  am  running  in  and  out  or  shops  in  kolathur  with  no  definitive  confirmation  about  the  sexual  dimorphism  in  these  hybrids..even  the  jewel  cichlid  seems  to  be  very  difficult  to  sex...!  i  wish  to  have  a  breeding   pair  of  any  of  these  varieties  ...  Thumb Up  
 thanks  mr.beta  and  mr.rahul  for  your  informative  response...!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:32 am Post subject: Re: can anyone ID this cichlid? Reply with quote

 by  the  way  has  mr.shamkar  given  away  those  P.demasoni  ?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:37 am Post subject: Re: can anyone ID this cichlid? Reply with quote

 sorry  once  again..what  is  the  name  of  the  fish  in  mr.trevor's  display  image?  there  seems  to  be  a  lot  fish  like  that  in  the  LFS'  here...   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:41 am Post subject: Re: can anyone ID this cichlid? Reply with quote

 Dear  Natbox
 I  think  its  a  juvenile  Albino  Metriaclima  Greshki.  I  ve  several  juveniles  looks  alike.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:43 am Post subject: Re: can anyone ID this cichlid? Reply with quote

 heck  they  all  look  the  same  ..near  or  far...i  have  never  broken  my  head  over  my  planted  tank  but  this  cichlid  tank  is  making  me  go  mad
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:45 am Post subject: Re: can anyone ID this cichlid? Reply with quote

 You  cannot  keep  Mbunas  in  pairs.  They  need  to  be  kept  in  groups  preferably  with  fewer  males  and  more  females.
 Shankar  doesn't  have  the  demasoni.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:48 am Post subject: Re: can anyone ID this cichlid? Reply with quote

 more  like  a  harem  i  guess..pretty  rascals  these  little  fellas  ..they  need  a  harem..  Mr.beta  can  you  tell  me  where  to  start  with  these  guys  ..i  mean  which  one  will  be  suited  for  me  as  a  beginner  regarding  cichlids  ?i  wish  to  have  mouth  brooders....
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:49 am Post subject: Re: can anyone ID this cichlid? Reply with quote

 The  one  in  the  avatar  is  a  juvenile  Maylandia/Metriaclima  lombardoi  and  not  Maylandia  greshakei.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:52 am Post subject: Re: can anyone ID this cichlid? Reply with quote

 juveniles  look  totally  different  from  the  adults?  the  adult  looks  yellow  in  color...and  the  juvenile  looks  like  a  completely  different  species  altogether...  Surprised
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:52 am Post subject: Re: can anyone ID this cichlid? Reply with quote

 The  picture  from  Ajith  Roberts  is  not  a  hybrid,  its  a  slightly  different  color  morph  of  Metriaclima/pseudutropheus  Estherae.  They  also  come  in  blue,  bright  orange,  red  and  blotched  forms.
 
 
                                                 
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sorry  once  again..what  is  the  name  of  the  fish  in  mr.trevor's  display  image?  there  seems  to  be  a  lot  fish  like  that  in  the  LFS'  here...   Thumb Up                

 That  is   juvenile  pseudotropheus  lombardoi,  most  common  mbuna  available(blue  morph,  local  name).
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