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Tropheus With Red Eye-ring
November 21, 2011
12:53 pm
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harnsheng
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Hey guys,

Does anyone have explanation on the eye-ring colors of Tropheus, in terms of variants/locality or even species? I saw a batch of Tropheus, that very much looks like Ikola, with larger spread of yellow. The juveniles have the same white dots just like T.duboisi fries. The thing that makes me wonder is the eye-ring color. I've done some googling and it seems that most tropheus (ie Duboisi) have white(silverish) eye-ring compared to the red one i saw in LFS.

Couldnt take any photos in the LFS though.. the only way is to purchase it. What's stopping me is the real identity of the Tropheus. Dont want to end up with some weird hybrids.

November 21, 2011
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I am in no way an expert on Tropheus but as far as I know (and as far as google seems to know /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />) Ikola have red eyes. I'm also pretty sure T. duboisi is the only species that has white spots as juveniles? I've never seen a T. duboisi with red eyes though.

November 21, 2011
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oh ops.. i state wrongly..

Yeah, but the marking of the fish in lfs doesnt really fit the ikola's yellow.. could it be line-breed to produce more yellow ikolas? hmmm..

Some ikolas photos have white eye-ring while some have red eye-ring.. Hmmmmmm...

November 21, 2011
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Well, since they have the white spots I still don't think they could be anything other than T. duboisi unless it's a hybrid.

November 25, 2011
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Yea i think you're right Oaken.. gotta choose slowly, not to impulse buying /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

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