What Type of Cichlid Is This?

Discussion in 'Fish, Snail, Worm And Pest ID Help' started by stiglitz, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. stiglitz

    stiglitzWell Known MemberMember

    I was thinking Midas? I bought him/her off of craigslist and the previous owner doesn't know what type it is either. I've never seen a pure white cichlid before.

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    The first picture is him with his black convict buddy :) just a side not, if you look closely at the first picture, you can see the bottom of my fish tank. For some reason, he likes to pick up the rocks in the back left corner of the tank and now he made a ditch. Any idea why he did that?

    Also, if it's possible to identify the gender of this mystery cichlid, that'd be appreciated
  2. Gordinian

    GordinianWell Known MemberMember

    Well that's definitely not an african cichlid! lol. I can't tell you what it is though, I'm more of an african cichlid kind of person ;)

    Most larger cichlids just like to drive people crazy by redecorating. I was walking through my lfs once and saw a tank with a fish similar to yours- the gravel was halfway up the side of the tank in the front and there was none in the back!
  3. Wendy Lubianetsky

    Wendy LubianetskyWell Known MemberMember

    You know it almost looks like an albino balloon flowerhorn.?.?.?

  4. OP

    stiglitzWell Known MemberMember

    African Cichlid's are awesome too :) I'm giving mine away tomorrow though :( yeah he's made a significant pile, the rocks are getting in the way of the HOB filter's intake tube xD going to do a gravel vac tomorrow and putting the rocks back where they were, hopefully that won't upset him :x

    it kinda does wendy:O the reason why i guessed he was Midas was because of the way he was shaped, even though he doesn't have that lump on top of his head like most midas'... i remember when i met the owner he said said "i bought him years ago when there were many more different colors of cichlids." idk what that's supposed to mean. oh well, lets hope someone else comes along and will be able to determine what type he/she is.
  5. RogueAgent94

    RogueAgent94Fishlore VIPMember

    Nice looking fish. She is a MidasXBlood Parrot cross.
  6. STLBluesFanValued MemberMember

    yeah, i agree with rogue. thats what it looks like to me as well.
  7. OP

    stiglitzWell Known MemberMember

    oh! that makes so much sense, i totally see it now. thanks :)
  8. RogueAgent94

    RogueAgent94Fishlore VIPMember

    No problem! Where/ how are you going to house her?
  9. OP

    stiglitzWell Known MemberMember

    she was with all the other fish i bought off of craigslist along with the 55 gallon tank. she's currently housed with
    1 black convict
    2 jack dempseys
    1 chinese algae eater
    2 plecos

    i'm going to be posting about their behavior soon, this is my first time owning cichlids so i wanna make sure i'm doing well.
  10. STLBluesFanValued MemberMember

    you are going to need a much bigger tank. just 1 pleco, or just 1 JD is gonna need that 55 gal. with your stocking i suggest you upgrade to a 75 gallon soon and get rid of one of the plecos, the chinese algae eater. and maybe get rid of the convict. or maybe you could get another one? im not sure on the mature size of them. but depending on the type of pleco, they can get 2 feet long.
  11. RogueAgent94

    RogueAgent94Fishlore VIPMember


    That tank is definitely too small! You'll have problems pretty soon with aggression. Two JDs on their own, if they are a mated pair, will take up a 55g. Have you considered rehoming any of the fish or getting a larger tank?
  12. OP

    stiglitzWell Known MemberMember

    this is about as large as i can get... these fish have been living together for many years, the pleco's alone are both 10 years old, one is 13 inches long and another 10 inches. (remember i bought it off a previous owner that had them in the 55 gallon for a while) i agree with both of you. i could already tell by their behavior that the JD's are a mated pair, even though i'm new to owning cichlids. i was already thinking about removing the larger (13 inch) pleco as well as the chinese algae eater. my parents are just giving me a hard time about it because they think it's wrong how i want to remove fish after they've been together for so long. i have posted a more detailed thread about this subject here:

  13. STLBluesFanValued MemberMember

    well, you could always explain to them the situation, and im sure they would understand

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