Help! Please Id This Fish.

Discussion in 'Fish, Snail, Worm And Pest ID Help' started by Nenalovee, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. NenaloveeNew MemberMember

    I bought this fish from a local fish store, he wasn't doing so well so I picked him up. He is great in my tank with other Africans but I don't know what he is. There was no label when I bought him and the lady didn't know what he/she was. Please help with identifying this fish. Thank you.

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  2. chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    It is a female Jack Dempsey, a Central American Cichlid. They don't normally do well with Rift Lake Cichlids.
  3. NenaloveeNew MemberMember

    Thank you so much. My fiance and I don't know too much of the American species, mainly africans, when we saw this one we doubted it was african. Thank you
  4. MikeRad89Well Known MemberMember

    Can you get a better picture of the fish? I see nothing that would tell me JD.

    Body is rounded, snub facial profile, rounded ventral fin, dotting on the lower side of the fish, a horizontal line (as opposed to the vertical seen in JDs) and an apparent blind vertical line through the eye.
  5. chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    In addition, I see the blue smearing below the eye on the chin, which is pretty typical of female JD. I am 99.99% certain it is a female JD. That .01% is whether or not it's female.
  6. MikeRad89Well Known MemberMember

    I meant dorsal fin not ventral.

    I'm usually right with you on IDs, but I don't see it here.

    the blue on the chin area isn't in any sort of pattern indicative of a JD.

    I see aequidens before rocio.


    I'm not seeing any of those features in the OPs fish.
  7. chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    Round dorsal comes back to young/female. The blue markings are variable, the fact that it is more or less solid rather than spots is an indicator of female. I have seen females with the entire face nearly solid blue. The species is somewhat variable on a lot of characters.

    As I noted, it is a very stressed fish. Regardless, it is clearly an American Cichlid, and will not be comfortable with Rift Lake Cichlids, hence the stress pattern.

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