View Full Version : Best colorations

02-10-2008, 11:37 AM
Hey all im making this poll because im am adding a 75g to my home in the next few weeks and im curious as to what lake will give me the most vibrant colorations as adults. Comments are appreciated.

im new to Africans but ive had sa's for awhile now.

02-10-2008, 05:57 PM
As much as I like Tanganyikans I'm surprised anybody would vote for them. Most mbuna have amazing colors as adults.

02-10-2008, 06:54 PM
This will be a bloodbath, arguments everywhere, but I'll say Malawi.

03-09-2008, 01:48 AM
Of the most readily available fish I would have to say Malawi.

Ben Burton Glass
03-09-2008, 02:33 AM
The Malawi's are very colorful and vibrant, but I really like the light blues and irridescent colors on the bodies and fins of the Frontosa's, trets, etc... And those tropheus are pretty bright too!


03-11-2008, 01:47 AM
i really love keeping malawi's-there is so much color in my tank! ive never kept tangs, but in the future id like to ...

03-11-2008, 10:21 AM
I keep tangs more for their behavior than their color, though I do like the iridescent blue mentioned by Ben Burton.

03-11-2008, 03:56 PM
And those tropheus are pretty bright too!

A curious thing I've found with Tropheus, is that despite their colours you can zap 'em with a flash without getting glare off them the way you do with Malawis... Although they are very active I find they are actually easier to get good pictures of for that reason! Sorry for the tangent. For overall colour I still have to vote Malawi.

Ben Burton Glass
03-11-2008, 04:00 PM
Off topic---- That's a really interesting observation Dogwalker... Why do you think that is?? More irridescence in the Malawans??


03-11-2008, 04:10 PM
I believe so, without knowing enough about it to get technical, but ime it has been quite an obvious difference. I've only had one species of Tropheus to base this on (ikolas) but see no reason to suspect any difference with others.

03-11-2008, 05:01 PM
I noticed that getting a good color correct image of many of the blue fish of Malawi can be rather difficult. Perhaps it has to do with the pigment?

03-11-2008, 06:07 PM
Agree 100% on the blue fish, but I even find the yellow on the ikolas doesn't produce anything like the glare that yellow labs do, even though the coloration can seem just as intense.

Peacock Guy
03-28-2008, 10:47 PM
For Color I have to say Malawi!
Let the battle continue!!:duel:

04-21-2008, 01:44 PM
hands down, malawis. You usually can find them way easier then Tanganyikans too.

EDIT: Shoot! Several days late (almost a month), and a few dollars short.

04-23-2008, 11:34 AM
You can get them at most Aquatic Shops. I have to say the best colours have to be the Malawi fish!!!

Battle Continue...