View Full Version : Mystery Fish can anyone help with ID?

01-26-2008, 01:35 AM
Hi there....can anyone assist me in identifying these fish? They were sold as Golden Cichlids but are not. The three fish looked similar when younger but they are quite different now. Are the Jack Dempsy? ?????
I have a breeding pair with lots of fry and more eggs. hope the photos are attached...If not I'll try again.....bit hard to id fish with no photos!

01-26-2008, 01:38 AM
I'm no expert but those do look like JD's. Congrats on the fry and more eggs though!

01-26-2008, 02:11 AM
Do you think they are all Jack Dempsys? Or Is the brighter spottier one something else again?

I've also got young bristlenoses and swordtail/platty cross! Tanks is happy at the moment.:1:

01-26-2008, 02:12 AM
i dont know anything about jack damsys but
great pics and what good looking fish

01-26-2008, 03:45 AM
I don't know but those look like convict-JD cross. I don't know if this has ever happened but they are B-E-A-utiful fish

01-26-2008, 04:52 AM
I must say your fish look good and healthy. My best guess is that your fish with all the light blue spots is a Texas cichlid, and the other two look more like Green Terrors or Blue Acaras than Jack Dempseys, but I may be wrong.

Blue Ram
01-26-2008, 05:21 AM
The 3rd picture looks like a Bluegray Mbuna. Im not sure though. Tehy all look a bit like an Elongate Mbuna. Again though not really sure!

01-26-2008, 06:08 AM
They kind of have the colouring of a JD, but they look too stripey! Don't know a lot about them so can't really help, just been looking at photos! :c10:

01-26-2008, 06:11 AM
The first one is definitely a green texas. The 2nd must be a hybrid as said before. It looks sort of like a JD but is too round/circular to be one. And the third one does resemble a JD but the colors are different. Stripes are really dark, greenish blue colors dont extend all the way down the body, and the red tips arent present. Of course im no expert and i could totally be wrong, but that last fish nomatter what it is is a beauty. The colors are so bright and vivid.

01-26-2008, 07:44 AM
Thanks for all the ideas!!!
The dark stripes come and go they vary with the level of aggression. They are pretty aggressive now because of the eggs.
they can completely dissappear.:hmm3grin2orange:

01-26-2008, 08:33 AM
They definatly look like they are a mix of a jd and convict but its hard to tell for sure.

02-07-2008, 07:15 PM
those are some cool mixes. i didn't know that could happen.

02-07-2008, 07:32 PM
nice pics blue acars or jd's......

02-12-2008, 01:19 AM
to me it looks like our blue acaras and when they breed they went very dark but may be a cross as ours wernt that rounded.my profile has a pic of our female just coming into breeding but she got darker

02-20-2008, 07:13 AM
Here is another vote for Black Convict + JD Hybrids. The first one is no doubt a Texas Cichlid though. I have a Pink Convict female who looks to have taken a shine to my male Texas Cichlid. I wonder what that would look like. I hope they decide to have some fry so I can find out. lol

02-21-2008, 09:23 PM
I think DeSoto87 and Hairback are closest in their guesses. I have a couple of JD's and the stirps are/were very prominent on them also. The first pic is definietly a Texas, the other 3 look just like my JD's did in color,stripes, and body except the last one is definitly a little round. My submissive JD was a little round when he was around 6months but then lengthened out. Best of luck I am so jealous you had them pair off. I have been trying for that unsuccessfully.

02-22-2008, 10:36 PM
This is the same fish when flirting...I have another lot of eggs!http://bp3.blogger.com/_WJu1WtUdGhA/R7fizhoQKpI/AAAAAAAAAAs/zcLFDuHfots/s1600-h/DSC_0231-1.JPG

02-22-2008, 10:41 PM
sorry the photo doesn't look like it worked

02-22-2008, 10:45 PM
This is the same fish when flirting.