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> Help me confirm this I.D please!
post Nov 8 2013, 04:38 AM
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Hi everyone!I picked up this guy from a tank labelled 'Protomelas red empress' I've never kept this species before but this little guy doesn't seen to look like one...any ideas? He is about 6cm long and has a blue face, the rest of the body is a silvery colour. Sorry for the crappy pics!

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post Nov 27 2013, 04:40 PM
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Man that is a hard one. I'm not the best with ID's, but it might be too early to tell. A lot of juvenile fish look very similar before they color up.

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post Nov 27 2013, 05:04 PM
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I agree. Hard to tell at this point. With the yellow coloring on its dorsal fin, it looks to maybe be a male. I would also say that you assumption about it not being a Red Empress looks to be spot on.

At this point in time it looks alot like my Basenji Peacock males. As juveniles they had drab bodies with a slight amount of yellow on their dorsal fins and a slight blue hue on their faces. A beautiful peacock when colored up.

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post Nov 27 2013, 08:15 PM
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Doesn't ring a bell with me from those pics. Silvery body and blue face would fit a juvie red empress, but I don't see the lateral markings I'd take as a cue for red empress. (pic of a juvie red empress here) Will be interesting to see what it turns into but at this point it almost looks A. jacobfriebergi to me.

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