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Post by moka on Sat Jan 23, 2010 3:48 pm

need help iding this mbuna, hes about 3.5 in. hes usualy all blue but occasionaly shows bars, also he has a yellow tint in his pelvic fins, thanks!




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Post by bulldogg7 on Sat Jan 23, 2010 4:27 pm

Maybe a blue male Metriaclima estherae, I don't think the M. callainos get the barring.

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Post by vman on Sat Jan 23, 2010 6:41 pm

I still think hybrid zebra/kenyi redneck
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Post by theswede on Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:47 am

Could be a Metriaclima chrysomallos. If they are available in the US.


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Post by moka on Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:27 am

thanks everyone, ive seen chrysomallos in malawi cichlids in their natrual habitat book and they do look very similar, the only problem is the place i got this guy from doesnt sell chrysomallos, they claim ita a m. lombardoi

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Post by Larry Johnson on Tue Jan 26, 2010 1:33 pm

I am leaning towards this fish as being a hybrid,based on the amount of stripping (too many) and the stipes are not "crisp" as what is usually observed in the wild (Both males or female). I have obsered these types of "Kenyi" come in from the far east loooking like this. Although they look decent to the majority of cichlid keepers, I would not want to use them as breeding stock.
Over the last several years of importing wild fish (and M.lombardoi) I have brought in a lot of these fish to my area and they have been a real hit!
With regards to it being a M.Chrysomalos,well I would not personaly bring in that plain blue fish color variety (which come from Gome Rocks) as it would be just another blue fish,,,the other area's north and south of Gome provide a much nicer multiy colored fish with accents of Black or yellow.

Metriclima lombardoi at Mbenji Islands



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Post by moka on Tue Jan 26, 2010 11:53 pm

thank you Larry, i appreciate you taking the time to look at him for me, now i got to find someone that wants him because i got rid of my kenyis about a month ago, i kept this one cuss i thought he might have been something else, oh well

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This is one of my Kenyi's a different..

Post by Louie on Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:20 am

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