1. Hello guest! Are you an Apistogramma enthusiast? If so we invite you to join our community and see what it has to offer. Our site is specifically designed for you and it's a great place for Apisto enthusiasts to meet online. Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your fish and tanks and have a great time with other Apisto enthusiasts. Sign up today!

Hemichromis cristatus?

Discussion in 'African Cichlid Identification' started by tjudy, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. tjudy

    tjudy Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2002
    Messages:
    2,822
    Likes Received:
    46
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Yes or no? The back story on these fish is that they are the offspring of jewel cichlids imported by Dolphin International from Nigeria a few years ago as 'H. bimaculatus' (which they are not).

    Attached Files:

  2. PeterM47

    PeterM47 New Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2011
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Ted

    This a photo, albeit not that good, of some Hemichromis cristatus that I bought at the 2012 Extravaganza. They are about 1 1/2 to 2 inches in length. The anal and lower caudal on mine have a black band that yours don't seem to have.

    Peter

    DSCF0410.JPG
  3. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2004
    Messages:
    9,600
    Likes Received:
    1,226
    Trophy Points:
    113
    I think a better question is, "does anyone really know what the type form of H. cristatus truly looks like in life??
  4. viejo

    viejo Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2008
    Messages:
    330
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Well the fact that they actually seem to be of Nigerian provenance is enlightening. They definitely do seem to represent cristatus as portrayed in Lamboj as well as my strain of 'cristatus' which Mike also possesses. The fish came from Jeff @ Aquatic Clarity. That canary yellow lateral stripe seems to be mostly diet dependent.
    IMHO, the fish in my avatar is quite possibly the true cristatus but this is based on semi-educated guess work. I would love to see a pic of the original type specimens of cristatus.
  5. PeterM47

    PeterM47 New Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2011
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Having spent the last few days searching Hemichromis cristatus , I'm not sure what mine are. I'm posting two more photos of my fish. From the plaque of eggs visible they are in spawning colouration. The black circular spot encircled in yellow located mid-body is not there but is a stripe. What I would like to know is if there are a population of Hemichromis cristatus or if they are possibly hybrids. I apologize in advance for the poor quality of my photos.
    DSCF0418.JPG
    DSCF0420.JPG

    Thanks, Peter
  6. viejo

    viejo Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2008
    Messages:
    330
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Your fish appear to be pure aquarium strain 'cristatus' as it is presently represented ( see above post). The coloration can vary appreciably dependent on the pigments & trace elements in the diet

Share This Page