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Went to the LFS and got this guy today. He is in a 10 gallon tank for now, will be moved to either a 55 or 75 soon (within two months) along with some others I am going to pick up when I get the new tank. I dont know what kind of cichlid this is as I am new to cichlid keeping. Thanks guys.

Oh yeah what is a good diet for cichlids? I feed my rbps shrimp and tilapia and beefheart etc but dont know what is going for cichlid to eat and how often to feed. thanks. Can you feed them anything other than the cichlid pellets?
 

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not too sure but im positive it is from lake malawi. looks to be a hap. possibly.

try here http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/
agreed, but determining what specific species it is will be somewhat daunting. when buying any african ALWAYS try to get the scientific name of the fish. most fish stores will buy from the same providers and know what the shipment is. i never recomend buying from the "assorted" tank. youll want to know your fish so you can know what to expect.
do some searching and the more age the fish has the more definable it usually becomes
 

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I agree with dan, it is not a kenyi. The head structure is different from a pseutropheus. The fish looks to be a juvenile haplochromis Moorii aka blue dolphin. Not sure if they still fall under the family of haplochromis though because they are always revising the names of african cichlids and its been years since Ive kept them.
 

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please show a closer pic of the head. From looking your pic, the coloration looks identical to most juvenile moorii's that ive seen. Which pic from google are you looking at? Juvenile moori's have the same faint blue coloration and verticle bars along the body. It lacks the buldge on the head which becomes prominent when the fish matures. Also the coloration of the fish can also differ depending on substrate. Here's a nice link with some pics of them for comparison. http://good-times.webshots.com/album/551230776ANiaYr

also, another possibility is that it can be a Placidochromis electra judging from your second pic of the body. Again, a better closeup shot of the animal would make identification easier
 

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http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/species.php?id=798

there is the kenyi profile, your fish looks nothing like a kenyi. only female kenyi are blue. i had a feeling this was a juvi blue dolphin before the hump development

here is the blue dolphin profile, look through the various pics at the juvi sized ones........ yours may also be a bit smaller then the juvi pics shown

http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/species.php?id=1061

could also be one of these species

http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/species.php?id=1206
 
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