What in the world? What cichlid is this?

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Well, I have a fish that is about 2 inches Has a VERY VERY dim yellow, black splotches like a cow and at the top of his dorsal fin it is orange and at his bottom fins.


What kind of cichlid is this? The people at petco said it was a yellow eletric cichlid?
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bassetman replied the topic: What in the world? What cichlid is this?

Need a picture to say for sure but sounds like it may be a hybrid of some kind.


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Firestorm8215 replied the topic: What in the world? What cichlid is this?

Is there a pic that I am missing ?
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oscey023 replied the topic: What in the world? What cichlid is this?

Dang it I wish i could but I only have a iPad and I can't copy and paste pics.:( also my laptop doesn't work when I get it to work I will get a pic ASAP!
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oscey023 replied the topic: What in the world? What cichlid is this?

animal-world.com/encyclo/fresh/cichlid/livingston.php


Found out what it is!!!(: Can you tell me more about it? I don't get the sight?!?!?
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Rocksor replied the topic: What in the world? What cichlid is this?

Not to be put into a tank with an oscar.


"This fish can reach close to 10 inches (25 cm) in length. Its color pattern is highly contrasting, with prominent dark blotches on a yellow, silver, or bluish background. There is also a "star" pattern to the eye, created by 4 lines dark lines radiating outward. This provides an excellent camouflage for it in its natural habitat, where it swims among plants and preys on smaller fishes. Other names it is known by include Livingston's Cichlid, Livingston's Hap, and Livingstonii.

The impressive size along with its interesting behavior and handsome color pattern make this a very interesting aquarium inhabitant. The German name for the Livingstoni Cichlid is the 'Sleeper'. This term originated from its unusual predatory behavior of 'playing dead'. This cichlid will stay on the bottom of the aquarium, lying flat on its side for long periods of time. When smaller fish approach as if to nibble at the dead carcass, they are captured with a lightning quick lunge. It will instantly grab it using a sideways motion of its head and mouth."
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ehall67 replied the topic: What in the world? What cichlid is this?

yep african cichlid from Lake Malawi


awesome to watch them hunt in the wild and pretend they are dead or injured then attack fish that try and prey on them!


but no not for an oscar tank like rock said

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bassetman replied the topic: What in the world? What cichlid is this?

A+ for the LFS that called it "Electric Yellow". :pinch:


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bassetman wrote: A+ for the LFS that called it "Electric Yellow". :pinch:


LMAO!!

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toni-a replied the topic: What in the world? What cichlid is this?

the one in the picture is a livingstoni but there's the venustus that ressembles it very much.
Anyway both are african malawi cichlids, more precisely haps both grow really large, they aren't compatible with oscars or any other american cichlids, need very large tanks (180cm or 6 feet length)
Had three youngsters had to rehome them after doing my reserach, however if you have the appropriate setup they are wonderful fish, and remember a malawi tank is usually overstocked with great colorful fish, so if you are ready for such an investment that's a highly recommended specie, I am planning having such a tank myself :)
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