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I was sold these fish as Melanochromis Chipokae but I am not convinced. From my reading the pointed nose suggests Chipokae bit the half yellow tale suggests Melanochromis Auratus. I have three but none appear to be male so that option is out.

I don't really mind which type I have but in order to buy a male I need to know.

Any thoughts?

http://picasaweb.google.com.au/geoff.perci...611841862814866

http://picasaweb.google.com.au/geoff.perci...611841862814882

P.S. Sorry about the scratches in the photos. They are currently in an old tank.

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I think they are chipoke as the makring are different to auratus

Follow this link down and you will see the difference between the males and females of both auratus and chipoke.

---> http://images.google.com.au/imgres?imgurl=...l%3Den%26sa%3DG

They look like females so far :blink

John

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I would say M. auratus as the juvenile M. auratus will have white lines, in addition to their yellow and black colouration. In the second photo it appears that they have a white line. The snout doesn't look pointy enough for M. chipokae.

Having not kept them you may need to wait for a more definitive answer.

How old are they as males will start to colour up at 6 - 9 months.

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I can't give an age but they are now about 7cm. I would have expected a male to start to colour up at that size.

I would say M. auratus as the juvenile M. auratus will have white lines, in addition to their yellow and black colouration. In the second photo it appears that they have a white line. The snout doesn't look pointy enough for M. chipokae.

Having not kept them you may need to wait for a more definitive answer.

How old are they as males will start to colour up at 6 - 9 months.

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I dont know why but i am going to stick with chipoke as the pictures to me look more like chipoke than auratus.

Anyone eelse have any opnions on this. Any melanochromis experts out there?

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