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Old 11-12-2004, 08:06 PM   #1
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anyone heard of a popsicle tetra?

I bought four popsicle tetras the other day. One is pink one is orange, one is green, and one is blue but they are all exactly the same apart from colour. I haven't been able to find ANY info on them. Anyone heard of them?

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Old 11-12-2004, 08:20 PM   #2
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I have not heard of them either. If you can get a picture, that would be very helpful.
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Old 11-12-2004, 08:41 PM   #3
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sounds like maybe they are dyed?
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Old 11-12-2004, 08:45 PM   #4
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That's what I was thinking. It's just another name for mixed fruit tetras, which are albino or golden skirt tetras that are dyed different colors.
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Old 11-12-2004, 10:07 PM   #5
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They looked like they are dyed so that is probably it. The colours do not look like colours in nature.
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just so you are aware, there is a lot of controversy surrounding dyed/painted fish.

for more information:
http://honors.montana.edu/~weif/firsttank/painted.phtml

from what I understand, these fish might not live very long
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There are also fish genetically altered for it.. with a sea anemone gene I believe.. not sure if they're doing Tetras, but I know they're doing Danios.
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Popsicle or Fruit Loop tetras are dyed. Before I understood it, I bought two and they have been with me for two years. Surprisingly, they have never been ill 8O These will be the last dyed fish I ever own.
http://www.deathbydyeing.org/
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You know, for a creation purposely created to be attractive, I've found that a lot of the dyed fish on that list have turned very ugly (in my eyes).

They look downright garish (and not very happy).. what's wrong with subtlety? Reminds me a bit of the bright pink gravel that washes out the color of the fish.. ironically used in the purchase tanks at many chain stores.
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I've found that a lot of the dyed fish on that list have turned very ugly (in my eyes).
I agree!
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Oh dear! I did not realize what kind of fish I was buying. If I had known I would have chosen something else. I just started looking at them when I got home and looking for info on them and realized that they were not a natural sort of fish.
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You know, for a creation purposely created to be attractive, I've found that a lot of the dyed fish on that list have turned very ugly (in my eyes).

They look downright garish (and not very happy).. what's wrong with subtlety? Reminds me a bit of the bright pink gravel that washes out the color of the fish.. ironically used in the purchase tanks at many chain stores.
OMG...I have that type of gravel!!!!
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My wife bought a pink glass fish. After about 6 months, the color faded away. He is the oldest fish I have, so it must not have hurt him.
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