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Having my doubts please help ID

Harley

New Member
Hi I purchased this cichlid at a pet store as a Uaru ($25.99) it is about 1.5 to 2 inches in size. Cant tell you how long I been trying to get my hands on a Uaru wanted more than one but when I saw this one and it was labeled Uaru I didn't hesitate, that may have been my first mistake but hopefully not. Any way the reason that I am having doubt is because of the blue eyes and the blue developing on the underside of the cichlid. I have not seen any pics of Uaru displaying this color, so am I right its not a Uaru or am i mistaken and it is? Thank you so much for any help. Hope the pics are good enough to help, he wouldn't sit still...lol

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Freakgecko

CCA Members
Yeah, definitely not a Uaru. Agreed, looks like an amatitlania or cryptoheros species from Central America.

Also a heads up that Uaru can be quite difficult, typically requiring pretty pristine conditions. The fish you have there will be MUCH more forgiving on tank parameters and such
 

Triviashi_Maru

CCA Members
If anyone is looking for Uaru, Go Fish in Baltimore had a large spawn last year and they're selling them way bellow going prices. When they re-open, that is.
 

Harley

New Member
thanks but i figured it out Archocentrus spilurum is a Central American fish species commonly referred to as the Blue-Eye cichlid
 

jonclark96

Past CCA President
Staff member
thanks but i figured it out Archocentrus spilurum is a Central American fish species commonly referred to as the Blue-Eye cichlid
Spilurum aren't very common in the hobby, and the ones that I kept many years ago were more of a steel gray color. The yellow/gold hue on your fish is much closer to cutteri, which is much more common.
 

Freakgecko

CCA Members
Spilurum aren't very common in the hobby, and the ones that I kept many years ago were more of a steel gray color. The yellow/gold hue on your fish is much closer to cutteri, which is much more common.
I’m thinking Sajica. Bands aren’t defined enough and clean enough for cutteri IMO
 

jonclark96

Past CCA President
Staff member
You may be right on sajica. It's been a while since i kept them, but now that you say it, I tend to agree. Definitely not spilurum.
 
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