The photo is of a mature male Particolor Dolphin Cichlid.
Our Dolphin Cichlids, which presently come in several varieties including Particolor, Royal Blue, Blue OB, Gold OB, Red-Finned Blue, Skyblue OB, and Blue & Gold, are aquarium strains we’ve been working on since 2006. To develop these strains, we started with a handful of males with dolphin-like humps on their heads and crossed them into our Peacock Cichlid strains and then mated the resulting females back to the original males to set the dolphin characteristic. Since them we’ve selected for the different color strains listed above. Interestingly enough, this process was slowed by an unexpected skewed sex ratio; about 95% of the offspring are male. While this is beneficial for sales, it makes it hard to maintain breeding colonies. At present we have accumulated about 130 breeding females, mostly Blue OB and Royal Blue.
The pictured male is our Particolor Dolphin breeder. He has quite a harem of females and fry and juveniles are showing up in his vat. He is fairly young and his hump will grow. Like all of our Dolphin Cichlids, he will get very large, probably 10-11” in length. I’m hoping his descendants will have large humps and maybe even brighter colors.
All of the Dolphin Cichlids are popular with our aquarium maintenance customers since they are large, colorful, calm, and not overly aggressive. They have a high visual impact in a large aquarium. Like most of our cichlids they also have long life spans, at least 8 years.