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 Post subject: M. lutea "Yala Swamp" Crossbar
PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 4:16 pm 
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Anyone had any experience with these guys? A friend of mine gave me some fry whose parents came from Dave's Rare Fish. Was wondering how big, what the females look like, and how aggressive they can be if anyone has experience with them.


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 Post subject: Re: M. lutea "Yala Swamp" Crossbar
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Sorry can't help with those but Pundamilians are very agressive group (Red Flank, Macrocephala)


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 Post subject: Re: M. lutea "Yala Swamp" Crossbar
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Umm, these are Mbipia I'm asking about.


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 Post subject: Re: M. lutea "Yala Swamp" Crossbar
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I mean Mbipis :oops:


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 Post subject: Re: M. lutea "Yala Swamp" Crossbar
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these are not to be confused with Mbipia lutea makobe which are very different fish being quite aggressive from Lake Victoria.
Your fish have been discussed at length on other forums and their is an opinion as they come from Yala swamp region are not an Mbipia at all and this addition to its name is confusing.


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 Post subject: Re: M. lutea "Yala Swamp" Crossbar
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Thanks for the info. What is the correct classification of these then? And how big are they going to get?


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TwistedSister wrote:
What is the correct classification of these then?


I believe that Greg Steeves looked at them and felt they looked similar to Mbipia lutea. No one really knows if they are really from the Yala Swamp area. The "correct classification" is a mystery. I believe that it does breed true so it looks to be a bonifide species that has not been classified. I've never kept this fish but it is said to be very aggressive. It's also a really beautiful Victorian.

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 Post subject: Re: M. lutea "Yala Swamp" Crossbar
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I have to agree, these fish can be quite aggressive. I kept a colony of these for quite awhile. They are not as aggressive as some other victorians, such as pundimillia species, but they can hold their own.I had really good luck with 1 male and 5 females.
As for the name I have run into the same issue determining the proper name and region. It has been suggested by another forum thread to call them Haplochromis sp spot bar "yala swamp" to avoid confusion with Mbipia Lutea Makobe.

The females are the typical victorian female except that they develop some red on the tail. My male topped out at 5 inches, but he was quite large from what I have seen. They are able to breed around two inches, and often before the male is showing significant coloration.

I hope this helps.


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 Post subject: Re: M. lutea "Yala Swamp" Crossbar
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Thanks for the info everyone!


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