Demasoni Or Kenyi?

ThePuzzleMaker

Active Member
Member
Messages
153
Reaction score
37
Experience
1 year
Hello guys, a while back I bought what I thought were demasonI cichlids. Now that they are growing up some have began to change color into a brighter blue, yellowy color.
Then I realized that kenyI cichlids and DemasonI are really similar.
I can't really figure what species they are so I hope you can help me.
Ps: the brighter color ones are bigger than the darker color one.
Here are some pictures of the brighter colored ones.
 

Attachments

Demeter

Fishlore VIP
Member
Messages
6,802
Reaction score
4,764
Experience
5 to 10 years
I’d say those or kenyi. DemasonI do not change color whereas kenyI males turn yellow and females stay blue. Plus their stripe patterns are different.
 

Five 97

Well Known
Member
Messages
2,129
Reaction score
529
Location
AR
AGreed, the blue-striped one is most likely a young KenyI male 'turning golden'. All the yellows appear to be Labidochromis caeruleus though, male KenyI will usually have dark vertical barring across the body and have a slightly different head shape.
 
  • Thread starter
  • Thread Starter
  • #4
OP
T

ThePuzzleMaker

Active Member
Member
Messages
153
Reaction score
37
Experience
1 year
The yellow ones are electric yellows, that I knew when I bough them. The kenyI were the ones that didn`t convince me.
Thank you!
 

Five 97

Well Known
Member
Messages
2,129
Reaction score
529
Location
AR
ThePuzzleMaker said:
The yellow ones are electric yellows, that I knew when I bough them. The kenyI were the ones that didn`t convince me.
Thank you!
Okay, thanks for the clarification! Yeah, the blue fish is definitely not P. demasonI for sure.
 
  • Thread starter
  • Thread Starter
  • #6
OP
T

ThePuzzleMaker

Active Member
Member
Messages
153
Reaction score
37
Experience
1 year
I know venting is the only way to tell the sex of cichlids. But the spot on the analfin could also mean it`s a male right? talking about the electric yellow btw.
 

Five 97

Well Known
Member
Messages
2,129
Reaction score
529
Location
AR
Correct, venting is the only sure way to tell these guys apart, egg spots aren't a reliable indicator of sex and neither is the black on the fins. Egg spots are pretty generic for Malawis, both males and females may have them.
 

New Threads

Similar Threads

Follow FishLore!

FishLore on Social Media

Online statistics

Members online
219
Guests online
3,504
Total visitors
3,723

Aquarium Photo Contests

Aquarium Calculator

Top Bottom