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what kind of cichlid is this

Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:22 am
by john
I bought this African chiclid. The pet store sold it just as African chiclid. I'd like to know the exact type. I'm sorry I haven't got better pictures. I should have cleaned the glass. I should redo the pic but I had a heck of a time catching this guy for a pic he is a fast swimmer. One thing you can't see in this pic is the small yellow/gold spots on the gills.
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Re: what kind of cichlid is this

Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:24 am
by Philippe Burnel
I think it's an african cichlid... What else ?


What else ? Mbuna... no more to say.

Re: what kind of cichlid is this

Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:20 pm
by john
Philippe,
Isn't there several different types of Membas ? For example Electric Yellow Cichlid, Chipokae,Demasoni, Elongatus, Jewel Spot. Obviously mine is none of those. I guess what I am asking for is the genera. I'm new to this hobby and don't know the terminology yet.

Someone else suggested it could be a hybrid melanochromis / auratus?

Thabk you,
John

Re: what kind of cichlid is this

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:21 am
by Philippe Burnel
maybe, maybe not...

Re: what kind of cichlid is this

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:40 am
by Lisachromis
A better photo might help. There does seem to be auratus in the mix, but cannot say for sure as the photo stands.

Re: what kind of cichlid is this

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:05 pm
by john
I appreciate your response. I'll try getting a better pic.

Re: what kind of cichlid is this

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:38 am
by SergeS
john wrote:
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:20 pm
Someone else suggested it could be a hybrid melanochromis / auratus?
That was my first thought as well. Melanochromis auratus. But that one should have some light yellow horizontal striping on the body and top, and this one doesn't from the looks of it. But a clearer picture would make an ID a bit easier :)

Re: what kind of cichlid is this

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:49 am
by john
This is better than the last but not perfect.
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His body is so dark its hard to get a better pic. Plus when I take him out of the tank after chasing him for 10 minutes he gets even darker.

thanks,
John

Re: what kind of cichlid is this

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:58 am
by Philippe Burnel
it's better but a larger sized picture could be better too.
Auratus is possible even sure ...
Maybe not hybrid

Re: what kind of cichlid is this

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:42 pm
by john
Lets try this one:
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Re: what kind of cichlid is this

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:31 am
by Philippe Burnel
seems to have a too much pointed snout for a pure strain auratus

Re: what kind of cichlid is this

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:37 pm
by john
I think that is due to the editing of the photo. This pic I was trying to get the colors to show up better and enlarge it. The previous pics show the shape better. Thanks for you help.