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Old 01-16-2014, 07:18 PM   #1
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Havent had to post an ID thread in awhile! So I went to get feeders for my leaf fish. Of course they didnt have enough ghost shrimp so I had to get fish. The guy said they were rosy red minnows and had just been treated for parasites. Ok. He brings out a bag full of platies.... so he knows nothing about fish apparantly. In the bag was this guy. He has stripes that dont show well in the pic. He is kinda cool actually but I dont know what he is. Sorry for the poor pic.


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Old 01-16-2014, 09:40 PM   #2
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BTW it does have a normal mouth shape not a sucker mouth. I think this rules out SAE and the other.
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Old 01-16-2014, 11:40 PM   #3
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Could u get a closer picture
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Old 01-17-2014, 12:56 AM   #4
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Could u get a closer picture
Im at work now plus he is very camera shy.
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Old 01-17-2014, 01:01 AM   #5
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Very interesting. I've never seen a fish like that before. It does appear to have very faint vertical stripes. And looks like it has an upturned mouth like surface feeders such as killifish and livebearers.
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Old 01-17-2014, 02:53 AM   #6
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Very interesting. I've never seen a fish like that before. It does appear to have very faint vertical stripes. And looks like it has an upturned mouth like surface feeders such as killifish and livebearers.
Yea his mouth isnt like super up turned. Kinda forward. Looks kinda like a shark. Hes about to move to my other tank before the leaf fish feast....
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Old 01-17-2014, 01:20 PM   #7
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Tried to get a closer pic but he runs to the opposite side of the tank everytime!
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Old 01-17-2014, 03:26 PM   #8
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looks kind of like a mosquito fish but it is hard to tell from the pic.
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Old 01-17-2014, 03:54 PM   #9
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looks kind of like a mosquito fish but it is hard to tell from the pic.
Defenitly not a mosquito fish. Im sorry the pics are so bad! I cant get him! He is much more slender than the mos fish. Tail isnt as round either. Also the mouth is kinda slemder and forward facing. Then there are the stripes.
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Old 01-17-2014, 06:35 PM   #10
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New pic. Not much better but maybe it will help!

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Yes I agree it could be a killifish
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Or mosquito
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Old 01-17-2014, 07:50 PM   #13
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Hmmm. Well it appears it and its platy friends may have ich. Grrr.... I hate my LFS sometimes...
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:12 PM   #14
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Could be a very stressed out humming bird tetra. That was my first thought.
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Could be a very stressed out humming bird tetra. That was my first thought.
Markings are off but the shape is right! Im not sure about the fins. This is interesting...
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Old 01-17-2014, 11:48 PM   #16
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Not a mosquito
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Old 01-18-2014, 12:10 AM   #17
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What about a glassfish? Looks transparent to me.

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What about a glassfish? Looks transparent to me.

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Nope. It is the color of a mosquito fish with faint vertical stripes.
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Could be a very stressed out humming bird tetra. That was my first thought.

From my short research on these, it looks like they are primarily bottom dwellers like gobys. The fish in the OP's picture appears to spend it's time in the mid level of the water.
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Old 01-18-2014, 03:02 AM   #20
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From my short research on these, it looks like they are primarily bottom dwellers like gobys. The fish in the OP's picture appears to spend it's time in the mid level of the water.
For the most part so far it does spend its time in lower midlevel. Is was lying down earlier but it didnt seem normal. It is probably quiet sick. I just wish we coukd figure out what it is!
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