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#1 indoxsmokez

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 01:06 AM

my mom just got some fishes herself...and every weekend i go to her house to clean the tank or watever...anyway she has this one fish that looks like its wearing lipstick...im pretty sure its a cichlid but never seen one before...i thoguth maybe it could be the blood parrot but its shape is completely different and has a MASSIVE jawline or wat it seems like anyway..it also has 3 multi coloroed strpes goin vertically on its body...any1 kno wat kind of fish it is???...oh and also..hes SUPER shy...if u even come close to the tank itll hide in the castle forever until u leave but wen ur away fromt he tank he starts chasing the other cichlids around like it was his house

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 01:35 AM

It sounds like an African cichlid, there's a few that have the "lipstick" look to the lips, mostly species from Lake Malawi. Parrots usually don't have bars but it's hard to say really being hybrids. That said the parrot shape would be very obvious anyway. The jawline is a large underbite? or just large mouth in general?

These are far off what you describe but is it similar in physical shape to any of these? Can narrow it down a bit on overall shape.





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Posted 26 October 2008 - 01:55 AM

hmm its neitehr of those but she also has one like that yellow one u posted up...these fish are freakin cool man! i want a cichlid now...but yea the one im talking about isnt any of those u posted..but ill try to get a pix of the fish sometime but its hard kuz i only go there once a week and plus he never wants to come out of his freakin cave/castle wenever anybody get close to tank...its really irritating...i wish he wasnt so shy...but yea ill post pix as soon as i can

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 02:03 AM

Cool, I knew it wouldn't be any of those but just the shape narrows it down a bit if it's similar to one of those. We should be able to ID the fish for you from a pic smile1.gif

The yellow one's a Red Zebra (pretty active fish).

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 02:08 AM

haha yea wen i tap on the glass...he DARTS to the other side in likea milisecond....oh and i just wanna comment and ur tanks....WOW...that is freakin awesome...and planted tanks are the only way to go in my opinion.....they just look so much better!! again...ur tanks are WOW..haha

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 03:52 AM

Hope it's not a tattooed parrot, seen some like that 3 days ago in an lfs here, had 3 tattooed bars on the sides and red tattooed lips dry1.gif

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 05:46 AM

Without a pic its nearly impossible to tell what you have. Do you have a smaller tank you could temporarily move him in to with no decor to hide behind? Thats where you can get the best pics from.

And welcome to Cichlids Anonymous. We have no cure, but we feed the addiction well!

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 10:26 PM

yea i hope not either kuz wen i was lookin up blood parrot cichlids....i saw that peopel actually tattoo em...wtf is that about??? tahts as dumb as the "ipond" idea. ppl can be real retarded

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 01:16 AM

yea, some people don't try to get a clue until its too late. Which is really a shame considering how cool cichlids are.

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 07:00 PM

Back to the question.

I have to ask first. What color is it overall ? What general color are the stripes or bars ? And finally what color is the " lipstick" ?

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Posted 28 October 2008 - 02:19 AM

the overall color is yellow...and its big like 5 to 6 inches maybe? and fat *** jawline

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Posted 28 October 2008 - 02:21 AM

the lipstick color is red....and uhmm also another question...my moms tank has 4 cichlids...and 3 plecos..in a 28 gallon tank....that FOR SURE is WAY too small of a tank for all that fish right and very stressful???? she insists on keeping em kuz "they looks nice" but if u guys can verify that is too stressful...than ima just steal one or 2 haha




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