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ID this fish for me ...

Post by AndrewP » Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:08 pm

What species?

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Post by BearsFan » Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:18 pm

Rio Grande Cichlid.
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Post by paddlaroun » Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:31 pm

A little more info
Rio Grande Cichlid (Cichlasoma cyanoguttatum)

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Other Names
Rio Grande Perch, Texas Cichlid
Description
Cichlasoma is derived from cichla, the Greek word for "thrush." It means "resembling cichla." The word cyanoguttatum is also Greek and means "blue spotted." Rio Grande cichlid are distinctive in that they exhibit cream and turquoise colored spots, giving them a speckled look. Background color varies from very dark to light olive. Lighter colored specimens usually exhibit five dark vertical bars. Both dorsal and anal fins are long and tapered extending behind the caudal peduncle (fleshy portion of the tail). Unlike tilapia and most sunfishes, which typically have three spines on the anal fin, Rio Grande cichlids are equipped with five to six anal fin spines. Adult males may also develop a pronounced "hump" on the head which is not present in tilapia. Adults usually range up to about 6 inches in length.
Life History
Like most of its family, the Rio Grande cichlid is generally considered a warm-water fish, and is very sensitive to cold. In general, this fish does not survive at water temperatures below 49°Fahrenheit. The species may do well in heated water, and in spring-fed waters with constant favorable temperatures. Spawning occurs in early spring. Both parents protect their young, which feed primarily on small fish, insects and crustaceans. Adults are also known to consume large quantities of fish eggs when they are available.
Distribution
The distribution of the Rio Grande cichlid in Texas appears to have originally been limited to the lower reaches of the Rio Grande. However, a number of populations have been established in large springs and rivers of Central Texas' Edwards Plateau including the San Marcos, Guadalupe, San Antonio and Colorado rivers. Minimum temperature tolerances in the Colorado River have been measured at 57-66°F.
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The Rio Grande cichlid is a fine fighter, and easily caught. It is considered good table fare. The Texas state record was caught in the South Llano River in 2001 and weighed 1.59 pounds.
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Post by DaveR » Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:51 am

You would hold a fish just after you got your nails done?
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Post by AndrewP » Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:59 am

DaveR wrote:You would hold a fish just after you got your nails done?


Hey! That was my only good nail!! Had to look good for the pic!! :wink:


After further research, I'm convinced these guys are Mayan cichlids. Thought at first they might be Spotted tilapia (can find them in the vicinity as well) but after examination of coloration of spot at the tail, teeth, and general characteristics I'm pretty sure they are Mayans. Rare to have them this far north (Melbourne area) - I suspect someone let them go in their backyard canal, and ..... they are multiplying!!

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Post by DaveR » Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:23 am

This is a Mayan.
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I fish they were in my backyard pond. The pull quite nicely.
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Post by AndrewP » Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:37 am

that's a beauty of a Mayan! Bigger than anything I've seen so far in this little canal near me ....

The water in the canal is dirty and the bottom is muddy. I have caught a few fish that are lighter in color than the one in my photo (but not as light as yours, DD) and that "eye" at the tail is exactly the same -- dark eye surrounded by turquoise. Bars are there, you just can't see them as well in my pic. Sharp little teeth.

oh, yeah, and you're nails are nice too .... :lol:


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Post by DaveR » Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:02 pm

After looking at pics of the Rio Grands, they don't look like your fish. I'm not ready to pin Mayan on it but it may very well be. There are many species of cichlids and I'm not familiar with them all. Enjoy them until we get a week long freeze!
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Post by BearsFan » Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:36 pm

I was just tossing out a guess. It is probably some crazy half mayan half goat mix breed. You must keep in mind that it is E.Central Florida.
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Post by DaveR » Wed Feb 20, 2008 8:24 am

Good point. Fry one up and give it to Mudfoot. He knows the difference between fried tarpon and fried ladyfish so he might be able to id. it for you from taste.
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