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 Post subject: Re: It is one or the other.....
PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 6:48 am 
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Scratched tank pics are just fine :wink: Most of my tanks are scratch and dent specials :lol:
They all have the yellowy greenish color along with the eye stripe and some body striping. I will have to look again for the red pin stripe. Do the females have eggs spots?

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 Post subject: Re: It is one or the other.....
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both of my adult females seem to have one or two egg spots near the back of the fin (I had to look) they also go back and forth between displaying stripes, or spots, or just being fairly plain. I was trying to see if I could see any red on the top fin, but it's really difficult. I may try and put one in a specimen tank today and get you a clear pic.


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Hi,

sorry for coming late. I found the new forum just now.
I think you have a young Mbipia lutea male. The eggspots of both sexes are different. Male eggspots have a small grey colored ring around the spot, females have not.
Which size has your H.lutea? It should have some more color.
Usually vics have not much food in the nature. Therefore they had to find ecological niches and because of this we have a lot of different species. It is not necessary to feed to much. They can become unfertile .


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They are 1-1.5"
The one I got pictures of was defending a piece of algae wafer, that was the only way to get decent pics.
Everyone gets a random day without food from time to time. Other than that they are fed 1-2 times a day.

Going by the eggs spots it looks like 2M and 3F. The eggs spots on 2 of them aren't very well developed yet though so we shall see....

What size tank will these guys end up needing?

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Would like to know a good tank size on them... they are in a 29g now and its looking like they need to be moved soon.

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Here is a picture of some females, and some sub-dom males.

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As an experiment I put some 1" mchenga fry into my mixed lake 125g tank, they are doing just fine. I think I will move these guys in there.

Contents;
pair of white top haras
one black calvus
one syno ocellifer
6 Fossorochromis rostratus
a large gaggle of Copadichromis conophoros mchenga

everyone is under 4" and the dozen mchenga fry at 1" are doing just fine, no damaged fins at all.


Tell me if you think they will do well in that tank?

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