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Old 10-31-2012, 11:17 PM   #1
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Turquoise Rainbow Shoal Monarch?

I purchased a nice little shoal (8) of turquoise rainbows (2" - 2 1/2") for my 60 gal. aquarium. I bought all that the store had in their tank. One of them has a beautiful red coloration on the flat above the mouth. Is this indicative of anything? Or just a mutation or color variation? Does anyone have any information on this?

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Old 11-01-2012, 01:35 AM   #2
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I purchased a nice little shoal (8) of turquoise rainbows (2" - 2 1/2") for my 60 gal. aquarium. I bought all that the store had in their tank. One of them has a beautiful red coloration on the flat above the mouth. Is this indicative of anything? Or just a mutation or color variation? Does anyone have any information on this?

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I'm pretty sure the dominant male will show more red there and the subordinates will be lighter...orange to yellow even. It's a flashing behavior males do to attract females usually. Our would do it always right after the water change. They would flash a full rainbow as they matured. This is one of he better pics of it...they were pretty fast and hard to capture...lol.
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I'm pretty sure the dominant male will show more red there and the subordinates will be lighter...orange to yellow even. It's a flashing behavior males do to attract females usually. Our would do it always right after the water change. They would flash a full rainbow as they matured. This is one of he better pics of it...they were pretty fast and hard to capture...lol.
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Thank you, Botanica!
My pleasure! They are by far one of the most beautiful of the rainbowfish! My husband has Boesemani rainbows now...but I think the turquoise are stunning!
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It is called flashing as previously posted. The breeding stripe is a show of dominance to other males, and to attract possible mates. If you watch it closely it will actually change color a bit while watching. Bows are very awesome fish. I currently have about 13 species. tons of color, and very little aggression.
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Love the fish. Nice deep color and bright stripe.
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It is called flashing as previously posted. The breeding stripe is a show of dominance to other males, and to attract possible mates. If you watch it closely it will actually change color a bit while watching. Bows are very awesome fish. I currently have about 13 species. tons of color, and very little aggression.
Thank you! I appreciate the information, and I really like the fish.
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Love the fish. Nice deep color and bright stripe.
I agree, on both counts. I am very please with them.
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