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Cynotilapia "Afra Blue Reef"

Postby Leyshpunctatus » Mon Dec 05, 2016 3:22 pm

My LFS has recently got these in, and I did a bit of digging online and people were saying that in the past Cynotilapia sp. Hara was called this, but I'm not convinced they are Hara. Unfortunately I've not seen them in person before and certainly not as juveniles, which I know makes it harder to ID but thought it was worth a shot. Apologies for the poor quality.

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Re: Cynotilapia "Afra Blue Reef"

Postby Fogelhund » Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:12 pm

If all of the blue ones are supposed to be the same, no they aren't afra blue reef, Hara.
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Re: Cynotilapia "Afra Blue Reef"

Postby Leyshpunctatus » Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:27 pm

I didn't think so. Obviously difficult but do you have any idea what they may be? (Incidentally, thank you for your help again Fogelhound!)
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Re: Cynotilapia "Afra Blue Reef"

Postby Fogelhund » Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:54 pm

I have no idea what they might be. The indication for me, is the top two, have way too many bars to be any Cynotilapia type that I know, nor any M. zebra type that I am aware of.
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Re: Cynotilapia "Afra Blue Reef"

Postby Leyshpunctatus » Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:02 pm

Oh right that's interesting. Thank you!
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Re: Cynotilapia "Afra Blue Reef"

Postby Leyshpunctatus » Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:16 pm

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Re: Cynotilapia "Afra Blue Reef"

Postby noki » Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:47 pm

Not sure what they are, probably hybrids. Not sure why some are pale yellow, some pale blue without other markings, certainly not a Cynotilapia.

Given the confusing name and odd look. Don't think they will mature into anything that attractive. Avoid.
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Re: Cynotilapia "Afra Blue Reef"

Postby Leyshpunctatus » Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:03 am

Yeah the pale yellow tint on the fins of a couple had me confused too. Thanks Noki :)
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Re: Cynotilapia "Afra Blue Reef"

Postby noki » Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:59 pm

Leyshpunctatus wrote:Yeah the pale yellow tint on the fins of a couple had me confused too. Thanks Noki :)


There are many species that do have yellow(ish) females and juveniles, but males mature blue. Not sure if these look like any of those, they seem too vague.
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Re: Cynotilapia "Afra Blue Reef"

Postby Leyshpunctatus » Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:04 pm

Just revisiting as I've got this video of two of them (the other two having the yellow edging on fins) and was curious whether anybody was able to hazard a guess to what they could be a mix of as I can't stop wondering haha.
Tempting them with an algae wafer and recording was the only way I could get them to stay reasonably still! :P
Thanks :)

https://youtu.be/tSBz8qlKyuA
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Re: Cynotilapia "Afra Blue Reef"

Postby Kevin in Ky » Mon Dec 19, 2016 3:48 pm

I was looking through the "species profiles" section and ran across these guys..which I'm not familiar with
Metriaclima nkhunguense ..also says ("formerly Blue Reef")


It reminded me of this thread so I thought I'd post it and see what you thought? I can definitely see similarities..especially some of the hints of yellow. Maybe these are what you have?
125g Met Msobo - White Labs - Acei (White Tail) - Troph Elong Boadzulu - Cyno Jalo Reef -Petricola Catfish
55g Demasoni - Yellow Labs - Acei
55g Cyno Hara - Met Estherae - Rusty
29g Ps Saulosi - Rusty
20g 'Lamprologus' ocellatus ''Gold''
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Re: Cynotilapia "Afra Blue Reef"

Postby Fogelhund » Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:43 pm

Not the same fish... note the Maylandia/Metriaclima Blue Reef does not have markings in the dorsal fin.
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Re: Cynotilapia "Afra Blue Reef"

Postby srivel » Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:54 am

Recently, I was sold this fish as Nkhata Bay Afra by an online seller. Another online seller sold me this fish as Hongi Island. It will be helpful if somebody can ID this fish. Thanks.
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Re: Cynotilapia "Afra Blue Reef"

Postby Fogelhund » Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:48 am

srivel wrote:Recently, I was sold this fish as Nkhata Bay Afra by an online seller. Another online seller sold me this fish as Hongi Island. It will be helpful if somebody can ID this fish. Thanks.


Do you have a picture?
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Re: Cynotilapia "Afra Blue Reef"

Postby srivel » Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:21 pm

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