These are my three of my four johanni. They are actually Melanochromis elastodema. Rather than looking like blue auratus, these guys are more mottled. In addition, females and males look identical (normal M. johanni females are solid canary yellow).
This guy is named Drake. He's my most brightly colored male. This guy is the dominant male.
Here is Drake staking out a flowerpot cave.
Here are some pictures of Drake from near when I got him.
This is Merlin, a gorgeous deep blue female. In this picture she is carrying eggs.
The picture below is from about a week after I got these guys, while the picture to the left is more current. Look at how much weight she has gained!
This gal is named Goldilocks for her strange yellow fins. She is paler than the other M. elastodema, and also the largest.
More pictures of Goldilocks.
This is my newest M. elastodema, Midnight. Unfortunately I think Midnight is a male. I selected him for his bright color pattern, hoping to get another lovely female like Merlin, but oh well.
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