Texas Cichlid Id?

Discussion in 'Texas Cichlid' started by SumfinFishy, Aug 1, 2019.

  1. SumfinFishy

    SumfinFishyNew MemberMember

    I was sold this beautiful baby "red texas cichlid" from my LFS. The person that sold me her(?) said that she was supposed to be a red texas but if I'm being honest, she never really knows what she is talking about. (She once sold me 2 black banded leporinus as "african cichlids" SMH) I was just wondering if she really is a failed red texas, or if she is some other type of cichlid

    The pictures are from my 38 gallon but I just bought her a 55 gallon to better suit her. She was living with other fish but she will be alone in her new tank with some ghost shrimp as feeders/something to chase. I've named her Gilly :cat:
  2. A201

    A201Well Known MemberMember

    Its a female, and might very well be a Red Texas Cichlid.
    The dark blotch on the dorsal fin is a female trait.
    It might be a "Fader" meaning the coloration of the fish might darken, then peel, to a red & white pattern. Only a small percentage of Red Texas actually fade. The ones that remain blue are still pretty fish too.
    Here's a pic of my unfaded Red Texas Cichlid. He's ten inches long with very sharp teeth. 20190801_191001.jpg
  3. OP

    SumfinFishyNew MemberMember

    Thank you so much! Yours is so beautiful! I figured she was female because when she was in another tank she was chasing the green terror that lived there and it looks as though she swoll up with eggs and had the plug stick out. Is that a silver dollar you have in the same tank? I had thought about getting some but I didn't want to run the chance of her attacking them and having to buy yet another tank lol
  4. chromedome52

    chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    It is probably not a Red Texas, it looks mostly like a Green Texas, Herichthys carpintis. The very large spots are usually an indicator of that species.
  5. A201

    A201Well Known MemberMember

    Thanks. Those are Silver Dollars. I have since traded them all in for African Cichlids. Good luck with your Texas.