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Need help identifying this fish 5 months 2 days ago #70608

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Not a Herichthys cyanoguttatus. The spots are too big.
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Need help identifying this fish 5 months 2 days ago #70609

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Well this is crazy lol a mystery fish. All I know is she eats like crazy, pretty aggressive and growing pretty quickly. At time the fish will almost be black. Then will change to silver color.
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Need help identifying this fish 5 months 1 day ago #70610

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It has a lot of Carpintis in it, but some bits of something else as well. Pet peeve of mine... Carpintis is NOT a Texas cichlid. Not Green Texas, not any Texas. H.Cyanoguttatus is the true Texas cichlid, and is the only cichlid native to the continental US. Hence the Texas name. The color change you describe is classic Carpintis breeding dress, very striking. Odd to see that without a mate in tank? Or is there?
1600gals of South and Central American cichlids. Some with just a "wee" bit of attitude!
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Need help identifying this fish 5 months 1 day ago #70612

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A source for pure fish is lets throw a number into the air 95% verified. Retailer, wholeseller and LFS don't buy pure cichlid strains unintentionally because they are more expensive if they are wild caught or if they are tank breeded they sell off for more.
If you see from time to time a random New World cichlid in an LFS with unknown source the Chance is very high that it is an hybrid, not only by an direct look than there are some hybrids that look very alike of one parent fish but by genetics. Some flowerhorns for example look if not breeded by purpose with that oversized and unnatural humps alike A. trimaculatus. There are tons of Vieja hybrids out there, some times it is only possible to see it until the fish is like 20 cm and shows his adult patterns and shape into its final body shape by getting high backed and so on.

As long you enjoy your fish there is no problem, keep it but if you don't have any background Informationen on it just avoid for now and of course in future breeding projects, it do not matter if on purpose and in CA cichlid cases often by accident, because its an devils circle.
Many people create hybrids by random stocking and if it happens many are curious what they may be look. Than they raise them, give them away to other keepers or give them for free away on an LFS for reasons like getting out of the hobby, moving ect and than they get into the open market.
Thats how many hybrids get into the circle.
That the chinese and taiwanese breeders create them also highly on purpose and than throw them into the market don't make it better.
We need to stop talking about the people as if they were the crown of creation.
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