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Robert Fishers
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Username: fishguy1616

Post Number: 136
Registered: 03-2005
Posted on Friday, April 07, 2006 - 01:39 am:       

I have a cichlid that i bought today at the LFS. It was in a mixed african tank. I know buying them out of that type of tank is never a good idea, but with this guy i couldnt resist the temptation. It is definatly albino because it is all white with red eyes. it is less then 1 inch in length and is no thicker then my pinky finger. it is really really tiny. now i know that it is probably a crossbread fish and thats why it is in this tank at the store, however i wanted to know ... is there any way that i can find out what species it is.
I will post a photo as soon as i find that damn digital camera...... "MOM WHERES MY CAMERA!!!!!"
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Jason Dawson
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Username: inhaleicus

Post Number: 2
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Saturday, April 08, 2006 - 03:19 am:       

In "mixed" or "assorted" African tanks they are usually Malawi species. Maybe one of these:

1) Pseudotropheus socolofi (extremely aggressive)
2) Metriaclima zebra (estherae?) (hit-or-miss)
3) Metriaclima greshakei (hit-or-miss)
4) "red-top cobalt," very similar to greshakei
5) Melanochromis auratus (psycho-killer)

A picture would be worth a thousand words. If it's a Lake Malawi species I can probably tell you if it's pure or crossed. I've gotten a couple of mutts with ONE albino parent, they are NOT albino offspring. You probably have a pure-breed or a close facimile thereof.
Does it show vertical "bars" on the body? A "pure" white fish with no bars is possibly a socolofi or "albino zebra" (non-greshakei, possible estherae). The greshakei has pinkish bars and the auratus has pink horizontal markings (plus a distinct shape).
Please post a pic ;-> Check my homepage (if you can do it here), the 75 gallon gallery has two of the species mentioned in albino. Also standard color variants of red-top, greshakei and auratus. A place to start in the ID'ing process... I'll help all I can, really want you to know what you have - I'm sorta OCD about that kinda thing ;-o

J
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cindy
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Username: cindy

Post Number: 9900
Registered: 05-2003


Posted on Saturday, April 08, 2006 - 09:04 am:       

The only way Robert can "check your home page" is for you to post the URL, either in the body of your post or in your profile. You've done neither.

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