Cichlid Id Help Please

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I'm not entirely sure. My knee jerk reaction was some type of vieja species. I'll do some digging and get back to you unless someone figures it out first.
 
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Sorry forgot to add they were given to me as fry and was told they were synspilum but I can't find any pics that look like the parents
 

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Manytanks said:
Sorry forgot to add they were given to me as fry and was told they were synspilum but I can't find any pics that look like the parents
My first guess was black belt Cichlid.
 

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Morosith said:
My first guess was black belt Cichlid.
Can’t be a black belt as it has no black belt (vertical black stripe). They also don’t have the horizontal dark line.

Looks like Vieja melanura (synspilum) to me.
 

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Coptapia said:
Can’t be a black belt as it has no black belt (vertical black stripe). They also don’t have the horizontal dark line.

Looks like Vieja melanura (synspilum) to me.

A lot of times they don’t have the vertical stripe yet at that size. Though I do agree the horizontal line is a bit it long for a black belt, it’s usually smaller when they have one.

I think you have the most likely ID.
 

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The parents also look like V. melanurus.
 

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