SergeS wrote:A "coloured fish" can be just about anything, especially in the case of Malawi cichlids , so it would help if you posted some pictures. A first guess would be that the coloured ones are males and the brownish ones are supressed males and/or females Assuming it's the same species of course!
UriB wrote:Hi Cards, at first glance I'd have to agree with Serge S, without some sort of visual reference it will be hard to judge what fish you have (even for the experts ) BUT then again in reference to colour IF you presume your fish are M.pyrsonotos the female s have very similar colour paterns not brownish as you describe UNLESS they are still juvies!? I'm looking forwards to seeing some photos.
UriB wrote:Thx Cards, from the photos that you have posted, is it at all possible that the coloured-up one is perhaps the most dominant of the group hence the intense colours?? What other cichlids do you have in that tank, it might help some of us in identifying them properly, again, thx mate.
SergeS wrote:Difficult to tell, the quality is not great. It looks like a Metriaclima (Maylandia) species indeed. And M. pyrsonotos would be a pretty good guess. But as Philippe already said, it's not easy without clear pictures. Even very experienced Malawi keepers will not be able to identify all species visually.
Regardless of the species, the brightly coloured fish (the white one with dark bars and the bright orange fins) is for sure a male, the bluish purple ones are probably surpressed males, but they can also be dominant females (very hard to tell the difference, untill they breed!), and the brown ones are likely females. Again, that is assuming it's all the same species
Reading back, I don't think this helps much, but Malawi cichlids, especially Mbuna, are very cunning when hiding their gender. It is possible to determine it by 'venting' them, but you'll need an experienced cichlid keeper for that.
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