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Matthew Hoffman
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PostPosted: 2012.03.16(Fri)12:34    Post subject: Mbuna Identifecation Reply with quote

I am trying to identify this fish, I have owned him(I am sure it is a male) for about 6 months(He was this color but not as intense when I bought him). He is about 2.5"-3", not very aggressive or territorial. I have narrowed it down to these species(indented ones are most likely)

Cynotilapia afra (Lupingu), (Njambe) or (Nkolongwe)
..........Cynotilapia afra (Chinuni)
..........Cynotilapia afra (Msobo)
Cynotilapia sp. "Ndumbi"
..........Metriaclima sp. "aggressive bars"
Metriaclima sp. "Black Dorsal" (Maleri)
Metriaclima sp. "dolphin" (Ndonga)
..........Metriaclima sp. "zebra ruarwe"
..........Pseudotropheus sp. "Crabro Blue"
..........Pseudotropheus demasoni (Mozambique)
..........Pseudotropheus elongatus
Pseudotropheus sp. "Elongatus Mbako"
..........Pseudotropheus sp. "Elongatus Metangula"
..........Pseudotropheus sp. "Elongatus Ornatus"
Pseudotropheus saulosi
Tropheops sp. "Black Dorsal"
Tropheops sp. "Higga" (Ngkuyo)

Here are some pics(All of the same fish):
http://one-sixteen.com/storage/matthew/Fish%208edit
http://one-sixteen.com/storage/matthew/Fish%2018edit
http://one-sixteen.com/storage/matthew/Matthew%20Fish%201062edit
http://one-sixteen.com/storage/matthew/Matthew%20Fish%201155edit
http://one-sixteen.com/storage/matthew/Matthew%20Fish%201124edit
http://one-sixteen.com/storage/matthew/Matthew%20Fish%201124edit
http://one-sixteen.com/storage/matthew/Matthew%20Fish%201064edit
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PostPosted: 2012.03.17(Sat)12:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you upload the pics to Photobucket and repost, or add them as clickable links? I'm too lazy to copy/paste all of them. Laughing
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PostPosted: 2012.03.18(Sun)7:05    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that better?
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PostPosted: 2012.03.18(Sun)12:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like a Kenyi that is starting to become yellow.
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PostPosted: 2012.03.18(Sun)14:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could well be a hybrid.
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PostPosted: 2012.03.19(Mon)7:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

My guess would be Pseudotropheus flavus.

You may want to post a few pics over at cichlid-forum.com. They have a specific section for fish ids.
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PostPosted: 2012.03.20(Tue)19:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

What makes you think it is a Flavus?
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PostPosted: 2012.03.22(Thu)17:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matthew Hoffman wrote:
What makes you think it is a Flavus?

Color, shape and stripe pattern.
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PostPosted: 2012.03.22(Thu)17:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the yellow you are seeing is just the my bad lighting. He is quite blue(as seeing by the last two pics). His scales can have a yellow/green sheen, but only in bad lighting (as seeing in the first few pics).
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PostPosted: 2012.03.23(Fri)7:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fish looks greenish/yellowish in all of the pics to me... perhaps it's just the computer... but I've looked on three different screens with the same result.

I'm going to go with diademhill and guess hybrid, then. Where did you get this fish?
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