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im new to cichlids and i bought these from a Petsmart. they were all in a tank that was just labled African Cichlids, at the time i though they were just all the same fish just different colors or somthing. so if anyone wants to tell me exactly what they are that would be sweet.

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the peachish one

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they yellow one

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and the blue striped one

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i only know that the yellow one is a yellow lab(AKA electric yellow) i cant remember the scientific name off the top of my head

and i have one question for you what size tank are those in cause they will grow pretty large and a 55gal tank would be a minimum size for them
 

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blue convict and a yellow lab?:D
 

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#1- probably a albino red zebra or an albino hybrid (note the red eyes-definetley an albino). In fact, at a second glance, it looks like an albino Red Zebra x Socolofi Hybrid....

#2- labidochromis carueleus, a fairly peaceful (for and african cichlid) fish. yours looks like a female, males have more black on the fins, except for the tail

#3- Kenyi. Very mean as adults, yours is a juv. males turn yellow, females remain blue w/ black bars. mine all turned into males, constantly fighting each other; the dominant male bred with my one red zebra! Really agressive, watch him closely....

P.S. do a little reserch on these fish, they like a ph around 8.0 - 8.5. all of your fish are from lake malawi...
 

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thanks alot for all your help, and yea "Blue" as i call him is already the obvious jerk of the tank.

i was also wondering if a small school of tiger barbs would be alright in there with the cichlids.
 

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Depends on whether you want the barbs to live. If you can get large enough ones, they may survive. Small ones could disappear before you can even net them out.
 

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Your Orange one looks like a metriaclima Estharae Red. the one with the black stripes looks like a Labidochromis...yellow lab for short...the one with the stripes could be a kenyi...Im new too but that is what I have and have done a lot of research on. If you have a 55g, throw out the old rule of thumb; one fish per gal. Cichlids need overstocking to prevent aggresion. If you keep only those 3 you will not be able to enjoy them, they will be trying to kill each other instead. Good luck
 

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i have a female blue one just like that and i t had a baby too i belive the sticker on the tank at petsmart says the name is a blue ice chiclid
 

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#1- probably a albino red zebra or an albino hybrid (note the red eyes-definetley an albino). In fact, at a second glance, it looks like an albino Red Zebra x Socolofi Hybrid....

#2- labidochromis carueleus, a fairly peaceful (for and african cichlid) fish. yours looks like a female, males have more black on the fins, except for the tail

#3- Kenyi. Very mean as adults, yours is a juv. males turn yellow, females remain blue w/ black bars. mine all turned into males, constantly fighting each other; the dominant male bred with my one red zebra! Really agressive, watch him closely....

P.S. do a little reserch on these fish, they like a ph around 8.0 - 8.5. all of your fish are from lake malawi...
thats what they are i have had them all before great fish
 

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if you still have those fish, i know for absolute certainty that the orange albino is a female Greshekei albino. Albino males are white with orange fins, and females are solid orange, exactly like yours. look up albino greshekei (may be spelled wrong).
 

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I think the blue one is a red peacock, just different coloring....google it :)
 
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