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purchased as unknown with a real notiable ice blue, but this im not sure. is he inbred or something?

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

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Post by iceblue on Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:43 pm

Inbreeding is possible. I haven't seen much in the way of good ice blue's in my area. I would give him a week or so to settle in to see if he colors up. The body and head shape look very much like greshaki and the excessive blue in the fins may be due to poor breeding practices but is not uncomman for what's available.
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Post by Louie on Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:49 pm

i got this guy when he was 1 1/2 inches. he is now 5 inches, i think thats enough time.
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Post by iceblue on Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:20 am

Louie wrote:i got this guy when he was 1 1/2 inches. he is now 5 inches, i think thats enough time.

LOL. That's more then enough time.

I would say it's a poorly bred species with some woodshed shinanigans in its background. pig
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Post by Louie on Sat Feb 27, 2010 4:46 am

i guess i really got lucky on the other one huh?
you should see 2 others. wow.. there dark as black. with the bright fins.. wanna see?
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Post by Louie on Sat Feb 27, 2010 4:53 am

hey, ice...
I like your Ice Blue he is a pretty one..
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Post by Aura on Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:24 am

I've always wondered about a lot of the fish I see labeled as greshakei, including my own. Reading Ad Konings, Malawi Cichlids in their natural habitat, it says that M. greshakei are unbarred. Mine show barring at times and they are normally fairly light colored.

I'd like to see your others. Smile
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Post by iceblue on Sat Feb 27, 2010 1:59 pm

Your right Betty. I have tried to resolve this in past. Mine used to change color depending on mood but rarely lose his stripes. When breeding he turned a solid "ice blue" very much like what Ad has pictured but lighter.

Greshaki's have been around a long time on the open market and considering the amount of other red-top species available I wouldn't be surprised if they were cross bred early on and now have become the norm for aquarium species.
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Post by Louie on Sun Feb 28, 2010 2:26 pm

ill post a picture of the females i had but i sold them.
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Post by Louie on Sun Feb 28, 2010 2:35 pm

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Post by Louie on Sun Feb 28, 2010 2:36 pm

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Post by Louie on Sun Feb 28, 2010 2:38 pm

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Post by iceblue on Sun Feb 28, 2010 3:32 pm

It could be a wash out from the camera flash but she looks a little too light. Normally they are darker brown with a greenish slightly blue tinge to them.
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Post by Louie on Sun Feb 28, 2010 3:49 pm

they came from the same tank, my has about 20 and there the only ones in there, he said there about 3 generations in there.
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Post by Louie on Sun Feb 28, 2010 3:51 pm

iceblue wrote:Your right Betty. I have tried to resolve this in past. Mine used to change color depending on mood but rarely lose his stripes. When breeding he turned a solid "ice blue" very much like what Ad has pictured but lighter.

Greshaki's have been around a long time on the open market and considering the amount of other red-top species available I wouldn't be surprised if they were cross bred early on and now have become the norm for aquarium species.

mine gets what i think might be breeding colors. he turns shiny blue every once in a while
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