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February 24, 2010
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Bully
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One of the lfs has had these fish in for a while, they are labelled as "Mackerel barbs" but, I cannot find anything about them, something looks familiar which I cannot put my finger on. The photos were taken with my phone so are terrible, especially as these fish are never stationary.

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February 24, 2010
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Matt
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Barilius sp. I think. Get some!

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February 24, 2010
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Of course....thanks Matt. LFS member of staff told me he was sure they were African which threw me right of the scent. They are lovely even in the stock tank, voracious eaters too. I don't have a tank for them, unfortunately /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

Barilius dogarsinghi appears to be the closest match:

http://www.google.co.uk/images.....=3&q=...G=Search+images

February 24, 2010
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I actually started to tackle this genus but wimped out - another taxonomical minefield. /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" /> We've had some great images contributed (including the first three there on Google) so will return later.

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February 24, 2010
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I've just been checking out some threads on Petfrd, and there's some beautiful pics of Graeme's B. canarensis.

My largest tank is only 1 metre long, I think too short for these active fish /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

February 24, 2010
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Can confirm 3' tank is too small. Think Graeme and I both got supposed B. canarensis from the same batch - had a disaster with mine when returning them to Tom's shop during the move. They'd grown a fair bit and I underestimated their oxygen requirements. Three subadult specimens per bag not a good idea. /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

Dunc will remember that day since he was made to carry heavy aquaria in the snow without gloves. /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

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July 5, 2010
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QUOTE (Matt @ Feb 24 2010, 02:24 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Can confirm 3' tank is too small. Think Graeme and I both got supposed B. canarensis from the same batch - had a disaster with mine when returning them to Tom's shop during the move. They'd grown a fair bit and I underestimated their oxygen requirements. Three subadult specimens per bag not a good idea. /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

Dunc will remember that day since he was made to carry heavy aquaria in the snow without gloves. /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

Its a horrible bump of an old thread, but being an owner of two Opsarius pulchellus (sadly two males, last in superb LFS that apparently had a batch of ~40 in autumn 2009, way before I started the hobby), I could not resist... /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

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I recently found a nice set of disply pics after trawling the interweb for a while:-
http://gallery.pethobbyist.com.....sarius.jpg

A local shop has a tank of "mackeral barb" which I think I identified as containing Barilus backeri; canarensis (the gorgeous red dorsal and black/white blotchy caudial fins); dogarsinghi (which looks so similar to my guys, just without the red dorasl fin)...

http://www.youtube.com/v/GN1tUdhgDsw

Edit: I'm an embedding video novice! Can anyone spot what is incorrect in the code below?

Constantly juggling mainly African riverine fish between 6 tanks, from 54 to 566l in size!
July 5, 2010
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O. pulchellus is one of my favourite species, absolutely marvellous to watch. Hope to keep it again one day!

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July 5, 2010
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Yeah I agree they are very nice ,the big two Bakeri and Canarensis from India are really pretty too ! /wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" />

July 19, 2010
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QUOTE (andy rushworth @ Jul 5 2010, 08:07 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yeah I agree they are very nice ,the big two Bakeri and Canarensis from India are really pretty too ! /wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" />

Thought I'd revive this thread yet again to say that last Friday, I cleared the stock of "mackeral barbs" from Southern Aquatics in Cadnam, Hampshire.

4x Barilius canarensis (love that finnage)
3 Barilius bakeri (coloured up with their banded dorsal fins, white outer on female, orange on males)

For just £42 for the seven, reduced from £10 per fish! /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />
Got three Steatocranus casuarius reduced from £8 to £3 each too, clearing out that stock too! /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" />

I'm hoping once they have grown a little, they will bond with the Opsarius.

Oh, I bought a 5x2x2 tank and stand for £51 through Ebay too, which only turned out to be the setup of a regular Bournemouth based forum member who is moving to Columbia in the coming months (collected on Weds by this chap I bought tank from)... /wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" />

Constantly juggling mainly African riverine fish between 6 tanks, from 54 to 566l in size!
July 22, 2010
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Some nice bargains there /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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