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94 sentra_xe
02-09-2009, 12:40 AM
these are the new additions to my tank, both african cichlids....the first day was normal but now they are really starting to show their personality, the yellow one is a camera hog and very curious when i come up to the glass, whenever i get out the camera he will come right up to the class flashing his top fin ( all of his picks its sticking up because of this) he isnt mad just showing off, he will also move the other fish away from the camera if they try to get in on some of the action, i really love them so much

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a321/warriorspeed350/Cichlid2day1.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a321/warriorspeed350/Cichlid1day1.jpg

after in the water

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a321/warriorspeed350/Cichlid2day12.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a321/warriorspeed350/Cichlid1day12.jpg

94 sentra_xe
02-09-2009, 12:42 AM
and one for backgrounds haha, my camera on my phone is amasing (FULLSCREEN!)

this is day 2 (today), im trying to document pictures every day of him growing lol

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a321/warriorspeed350/Cichlid1day2.jpg

troy
02-09-2009, 12:47 AM
Cool fish!

Deleted User
02-09-2009, 01:02 AM
Very nice fish. thumbs2:

Sharon
02-09-2009, 01:30 AM
Nice fish!!!thumbs2:

94 sentra_xe
02-09-2009, 01:32 AM
thanks everybody

Brookfish
02-09-2009, 02:25 AM
Great pics, very nice female Auratus you have there.

94 sentra_xe
02-09-2009, 02:29 AM
Great pics, very nice female Auratus you have there.


was going to ask that as my next Q how can you tell which is male and which is female? (im still a N@@B) :help:

:l24:

MrJim
02-09-2009, 02:35 AM
I gotta stay away from these cichlid threads~they are beautiful fish..gonna make me want a cichlid tank..

94 sentra_xe
02-09-2009, 02:39 AM
haha thanks, doit man, i love them, they both have strong personalities and they get along great with my swordtails (i thought for sure they would be goners when i put the cichlids in there) the only time the cichlid gets xxxxxx at the other fish is when they try to go near me or the camera on the other side of the glass haha

kaybee
02-09-2009, 02:39 AM
Female auratus will retain the juvenile pattern (which your's has), while males, as they mature, will undergo a color transformation and become very dark colored fish with a light colored horizontal stripe (and develop highly aggressive demeanors). Until that occurs, both genders (as immature juveniles) are near identical.

Looks like you have a platy in there with them...what type of fish are currently in the tank?

edit: Just saw the reference to the swordtails. In time your mbuna's will become too aggressive toward the fish you have in there now as they are not ideal tropical community fish and do best in mbuna-only tanks. As of yet your cichlids are quite far away from their aggression potential.

sandy_n
02-09-2009, 03:29 AM
Nice looking fish!

Crispy
02-09-2009, 03:29 AM
I agree with Kaybee.. those swordtails and any other community fish will be gonners soon. These fish won't tolerate much aside from their own kind.

94 sentra_xe
02-09-2009, 03:30 AM
Female auratus will retain the juvenile pattern (which your's has), while males, as they mature, will undergo a color transformation and become very dark colored fish with a light colored horizontal stripe (and develop highly aggressive demeanors). Until that occurs, both genders (as immature juveniles) are near identical.

Looks like you have a platy in there with them...what type of fish are currently in the tank?

edit: Just saw the reference to the swordtails. In time your mbuna's will become too aggressive toward the fish you have in there now as they are not ideal tropical community fish and do best in mbuna-only tanks. As of yet your cichlids are quite far away from their aggression potential.

so the small white/yellow black striped one is a female and the yellow one is a male?

well the swordtails were in there to cycle the tank, i realise that one day they will become fish food, kind of suprised they havent become allreaddy allthough they are both very calm

what other cichlids can i mix in with these cichlids (i have heard certain kinds cant be mixed ( (blush) )

Brookfish
02-09-2009, 03:14 PM
Your Auratus really is an aggressive fish even by mbuna standards
and like the guys said the swordtails really need to be removed
sooner than later, if you are looking for tank mates, add other
mbuna but not other Melanochromis species like the johannii,
they are similar colours and markings and the males will fight.

Red
02-09-2009, 03:23 PM
nice looking yellow lab..

btate617
02-09-2009, 04:04 PM
http://badmanstropicalfish.com/profiles/profile52.html

Jellygirl
02-09-2009, 07:00 PM
Lovely fish you have therethumbs2:
Jellygirl.

Lady Hobbs
02-09-2009, 10:03 PM
Why not try taking the swordtails to the store or at least giving them to someone rather than letting them be food.

kaybee
02-10-2009, 12:02 AM
so the small white/yellow black striped one is a female and the yellow one is a male?

The white/yellow/black horizontally striped is an unsexed juvenile, possibly a female. If it is a female it won't change much in appearance. If it's a male it will change into a dark brown/black fish with a light colored horizontal stripe (as seen in the link that btate617 provided). I'd argue that in the coloration paragraph of that link the 'sex change' write-up is a misinterpretation of the males' color transformation (or a sub-dominant male's return to juvenile colors to avoid detection by the dominant male).

The yellow one, as also mentioned, is an electric yellow lab.

There are few mbuna species more aggressive than the auratus and only a few more peaceful than the yellow lab.

94 sentra_xe
02-10-2009, 12:35 AM
what ones would be more aggressive so i know for when i go to the store, dont want that one to die haha

Northernguy
02-10-2009, 01:42 AM
Nice Pics! They beautiful fish!
Do your research!:22:

94 sentra_xe
02-11-2009, 04:08 PM
i still find it very hard to find any info on these fish

Northernguy
02-11-2009, 04:38 PM
i still find it very hard to find any info on these fish
I'll pm you some info.

kaybee
02-11-2009, 11:20 PM
what ones would be more aggressive so i know for when i go to the store, dont want that one to die haha

Not many mbuna species are more aggressive than m. auratus.
With that said, aggression (which comes in varying degrees) is a natural mbuna trait.

94 sentra_xe
02-11-2009, 11:45 PM
so can i put in other types of cichlids or do i have to stick with the auratus?

kaybee
02-11-2009, 11:55 PM
Other mbuna's species are fine and compatible.

94 sentra_xe
02-12-2009, 01:12 AM
awsome thats what i thought thanks....will i have a problem with adults eating any new ones i bring in?

Gemini
02-12-2009, 01:14 AM
awsome thats what i thought thanks....will i have a problem with adults eating any new ones i bring in?
If they are much smaller its a definate possiblitity. I never buy africans smaller than the current inhabitants.

94 sentra_xe
02-12-2009, 01:45 AM
i guess ill have to test it out and keep an eye on them, i guess ill uy a smaller tank just in case