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Old 08-08-2008, 03:20 PM   #11
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I've noticed that when I have gotten home with new fish, they seem to get more colorful after awhile. Do you know how big the GBR get?
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Old 08-08-2008, 03:34 PM   #12
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The maximum size is about 3" typically around 2-2.5". I was told mine are about 3-4 months old and they are already 1.5". Its been known that they will reach their full adult size in 4-6 months, some take longer though.
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Old 08-11-2008, 01:39 PM   #13
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Just thought I'd post an update on my new gbrs.. they are both now accepting flake foods and freeze dried bloodworms. I've heard that it may take 48hrs or more to get them to eat in their new setup but both have started in less than 24hrs. Their blue colors are really starting to show more and more every day.

I'm going on vacation next week and I already have a feeding schedule written up for my friend who is the foster parent of my syno eupterus.
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Old 08-11-2008, 03:29 PM   #14
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The maximum size is about 3" typically around 2-2.5". I was told mine are about 3-4 months old and they are already 1.5". Its been known that they will reach their full adult size in 4-6 months, some take longer though.

The max size is most likely 3" for GBR's. It's not true that they stop growing at 4-6 months. They may start to breed then but they will continue to grow. Here's some pics of the ones I had:














MUCH more colorful and healthier than what's available in the LFS that's for sure.
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I was told they CAN reach their adult size in just 4-6 months, some taking longer. Just to clear that up.

Those are very pretty fish!!! I agree, store bought ones are no where near as colorful or as healthy as locally bred ones but that is all that is available in my area. Like I said, they are getting darker colors and are accepting a wider variety of foods so I'm hoping with time they will look like yours
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Very pretty fish!
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Old 08-11-2008, 04:20 PM   #17
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Nice fish! I'm getting ready for a major move in less than a week, but once I am moved and settled in, if the local water is on the soft/acidic side I am definitely considering getting a pair of these.
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great fish!!! i have my rams in with guppy and guppy fry and everything ignores each other...the fry just stays in the plants and sneak out at feeding time lol. wonderful fish!
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I was told they CAN reach their adult size in just 4-6 months, some taking longer. Just to clear that up.

Those are very pretty fish!!! I agree, store bought ones are no where near as colorful or as healthy as locally bred ones but that is all that is available in my area. Like I said, they are getting darker colors and are accepting a wider variety of foods so I'm hoping with time they will look like yours
Even if they are fed very heavily and water changes are done daily, GBR's won't reach their adult length until probably about 10-12 months. LFS GBR's are almost always subjected to growth hormones and hormones to enhance their color early on for quick sale. The problem with this is that they get elongated bodies and they die quickly. Few people can keep those fish alive for a year and that has given them a bad name when in fact they are a relatively hardy fish.

I got mine from a private breeder in Florida and had him ship them to me in Michigan. The stuff in the LFS didn't impress me and I only buy quality fish even if I have to pay a little more. After figuring in the shipping they were only $6 each. Not too bad considering that I just saw some in the LFS yesterday for $13. They were from a very good line that was just a couple of generations from wild blood. The breeder selectively bred them to get the deep gold/oragnge/yellow coloration. In all honesty I haven't seen any that are better than the ones I had that were from a different strain. Some out of the same line were better but none from different lines : )
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Well some bad news, I came back from vacation (was gone for a week) only to find both my GBRs missing. I checked everywhere, filter, caves, moss, etc... no luck. I asked my fish sitter about mid week how they were and she sent me a picture and they looked fine. I'm not sure what happened, all the params were ok when I got back. I did a 30% water change on Sunday and I am going to do another 30% today when I get off work.

I think they were, like others said, inferior quality and were not healthy from the start. I will steer clear of those for now until I find a repuatable breeder. I guess its all hit or miss in the fish world.

On a more positive note, I found another guppy fry hiding in my java moss. Only found one so far, one of the females gravid spot is still very dark, the other is much lighter than when I left.
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