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Old 11-22-2012, 11:40 AM   #1
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Need Rainbow ID

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving! I have a Rainbow I just bought and need to ID it. I feel like maybe it is a "mutt" but wanted to check in case anyone had seen it before. I think it was listed as an "Eclipse" or "Midnight" Rainbow in the store but in my research, I have never seen a rainbow with that name... The colors on this picture do not really do it justice as I do not take photos of my fish normally, but it is a dark blue, and has a bright yellow nose. The blue is much darker and more vivid than a Boesemani. but the yellow on the nose is the similar color.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:22 PM   #2
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Turquoise rainbowfish, Melanotaenia lacustris?

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Old 11-22-2012, 05:36 PM   #3
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Melanotaenia lacustris is the most likely. There are several similar species in the trade (such as M. kamaka), but M. lacustris is by far the most commonly available.

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Thanks everyone, it definitely looks like M. lacustris. Appreciate the help.
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Old 11-23-2012, 08:53 AM   #5
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I have a couple of turquoise...absolutely gorgeous fish!
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:58 PM   #6
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Yeah, I am quite a fan. He seems to be keeping this color permanently. He has a very dark blue with a nice yellow on his nose, and he is just a juvenile. I am excited to see how he looks as he gets older.

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