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true Red terror or False red terror

Discussion in 'Central and South American Cichlids' started by cichlid_guy, Dec 1, 2002.

  1. cichlid_guy

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    Ok, i have just read there is a true Red Terror, and false Red Terror.

    How do i tell what i have?
    I was hoping for a Festae.

    What is the diffreance between the two.
    size, color, etc...

    thanks

    scottie
     
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    Take a look at this link. Check the eye spot at the base of the tail. If the eye spot goes all the way down its a false red terror aka mayan cichlid. If it stops halfway, thens its a festae, true red terror.

    http://www.cichlidae.com/talks/c006.html
     
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    Well i think it is a festae.
    it said true ones have a eye spot only about half of the tail,
    and false ones run all the way down tail.

    well its a little hard to see, still a bit scared (so colors and strips are a bit faded) but i think the spot is onle about half of the tail.

    I'll get a pic up and let everyone else try to see also.

    Fingers crossed!

    scottie
     
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    hers a example of a mayan trying to be sold as a red terror, they do this almost daily on this site, hope you got what you paid for

    http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/auction/auction.cgi?fwcichlids&1039111205

    my first red terror was the mayan and i was upset as it was a internet purchase without a picture, i finaly got a real one from j rapps.


    good luck bob
     
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    that fish is not a festae?

    it has a small eye spot. i thought false ones have a spot that runs all the way down the tail?

    I'm going to call the Pet shop that i got it at tues. (there closed on mon.) and ask if it is a Festae red terror? or a Mayan red terror. Maybe if they got them from a hobbiest i can get ahold of them and ask.
    Are the LFS out to trick you? or do they just not know?
    Why not put "Red Terror - Festae" or "Red Terror - Mayan"
    on the tanks?

    Its kind of disapointing to find out i didn't get what i thought i bought.

    Thanks for all the info so far!

    Scottie
     
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    ok, i have done some looking online for false Red Terror and True Red Terror.

    After looking at alot of pictures, i think the spot isn't a good way of telling apart! i have seen eye spots on Mayan small (like half of tail)

    I think you can tell by counting strips.
    Not 100% but mayan (False Red Terrors) have 7 strips.
    Festae (True Red Terrors) have 9 strips and there is a "Y-ish"
    shaped one on the head.

    please let me know what you think on this idea.

    scottie
     
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    Bom dia

    The festae have the Y on the head and female festae have the dorsal fin black or blue.

    The spot in festae is small and round.
     
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    also the mayan spot is centered on the tail whereas the festae is on yh upper half of the tail


    bob
     
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    just asking...

    guys,

    what is the maximum size of the false red terror cichlid???

    and how can you distinguish if the cichlid is a dwarf or giant????
     
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    Everything that I have read about the festae says that if it has the y shape or sometimes a 4 then it is a true red terror. I believe that is what I have because of that shape. Mine is about 5 inches right now. I will post a pic for you.

    fish pics672008 017.jpg
     

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