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New Homaloptera
January 31, 2009
5:36 pm
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Mark Duffill
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I haven't bothered looking for any new loaches for a while but had a run round a couple of shops this morning for a look, to my surprise I found a tank full of some lovely Homaloptera and decided that at £6 or 2 for £10 I would have to treat myself to a few.

In the end I got 8 but might have to go back for another 6 next week /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

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February 1, 2009
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Nice fish /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

February 1, 2009
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Cheers mate /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

I went back to the shop this morning to get some more and while the guy was catching them we got chatting and he asked how they should be kept as he hadn't seen them before and I told him how they should be in a tank with high levels of flow etc, anyway to cut a long story short he kept on netting these fish and finally announced that if they stayed there they would probably die so he bagged me all 12 and said will £30 be ok (should have been £60) - needless to say I agreed and thanked him before leaving the shop with a smile on my face /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

February 1, 2009
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Ooh fantastic-looking specimens Mark. Considering the guy didn't know how to keep them they look in pretty good nick! /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" /> Confuzona?

Cake or death?
February 1, 2009
11:32 pm
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Cheers Matt, none of the staff had ever seen them before or even knew what they were /ohmy.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":o" border="0" alt="ohmy.gif" />

There are a couple of H. confuzona among them but they are mostly H. orthogoniata.

February 2, 2009
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Something about those fish that makes them subtly attractive. Mind if I ask where you picked those up from MD?

February 2, 2009
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QUOTE (Mad Duff @ Feb 2 2009, 12:15 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Cheers Matt, none of the staff had ever seen them before or even knew what they were /ohmy.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":o" border="0" alt="ohmy.gif" />

There are a couple of H. confuzona among them but they are mostly H. orthogoniata.

How do you differentiate them exactly mate? I remember reading summat on LOL about the shape of the scales but I thought you had to get in really close to see that difference?

The fact no-one in the shop knew what they were probably worked to your advantage you lucky sod! /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> £30 for 12?! I officially hate you!!!! /dry.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="<_ <" border="0" alt="dry.gif">

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February 2, 2009
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QUOTE (dunc @ Feb 2 2009, 01:42 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Something about those fish that makes them subtly attractive. Mind if I ask where you picked those up from MD?

I got them from my local Peter Barratts which probably explains why no one knew what they were /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

QUOTE (Matt @ Feb 2 2009, 02:48 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
How do you differentiate them exactly mate? I remember reading summat on LOL about the shape of the scales but I thought you had to get in really close to see that difference?

Yeah its the Scale keels Matt, the orthogoniata have a line on each scale whereas the confuzona have a dot, in the right light and at the right angle they stand out quite well.
more info here: Scale keels

QUOTE (Matt @ Feb 2 2009, 02:48 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
you lucky sod! /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> £30 for 12?! I officially hate you!!!! /dry.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="<_ <" border="0" alt="dry.gif">

I dont think your the only one Matt /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

February 2, 2009
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Hahaha PBs. How we love them... /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

February 2, 2009
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The extra 12 I got yesterday:
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February 2, 2009
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Dunc do you remember the "rainbow fish" I was sold at PBs? /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> Mark I still hate you... /angry.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":angry:" border="0" alt="angry.gif" /> /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

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February 2, 2009
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QUOTE (Matt @ Feb 2 2009, 10:50 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Mark I still hate you... /angry.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":angry:" border="0" alt="angry.gif" /> /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

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February 3, 2009
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ROFL yes I do Matt /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" /> That shop is just legendary. For all the wrong reasons /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

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