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June 19, 2013
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mikev
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I don't know if I'm imagining things here or now.... but may I ask those who have the fish to look at its back side and see if they have lighter "stripes' like the fish shown below:

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the largest region is under the dorsal, another stripe is just behind the head. the scales are reflective. I see these "stripes" in the fish shown above, but not in the ones I have kept for several years and not in the profile photos.

June 19, 2013
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My old specimen had these markings Mike:

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Cake or death?
June 19, 2013
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I wonder if this is a legitimate locale feature/subspecies. My original group (still alive and the one that is breeding now) did not have this. I had one more group (intermediate to s.albusiera) also without this marking. But with the new fish, 6 out of 6 have this... probably came from another collection site.

May there be other differences?

Now, I'm not sure I can mix them with normals.. :(

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Interesting you keep them with garra flavatra.... I never even thought about this, rather http://www.micropress-inc.com/fishpic/pagwi.jpgImage Enlarger

June 19, 2013
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Really don't know Mike. The only direct experience I had was with one batch we imported of which all had these markings, and I took the last remaining home rather than leave it alone in the shop.

Think the first two pics in the profile may show something similar at the base of the pelvic and pectoral fins?

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June 19, 2013
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I think all profile photos lack these markings.... and it is interesting that it seems that batches either all have them or all don't.

June 19, 2013
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It depends on the quantity delivered by the catchers. As they are stocked in large nets in large cement pools they may be mixed there or form a large stock which is sold step by step. I never remarked an import only with or without. Mine are mixed.

Cheers Charles

June 19, 2013
6:41 pm
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Yes, sure.

OK, are you comfortable with the different locales guess?

And if you don't mind: do you have a sense of the sex mix on my photo? (I still don't know if I want to mix the two types).

June 19, 2013
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mikev said
they have lighter "stripes' like the fish shown below:
the largest region is under the dorsal, another stripe is just behind the head. the scales are reflective. I see these "stripes" in the fish shown above, but not in the ones I have kept for several years and not in the profile photos.

I think lighter "stripes" may be because of stress or very ligh background. Just a guess.

 

June 19, 2013
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No, they are actually different. They were moved to a rivertank with dark substrate yesterday, the stripes are as visible as before... and I kept the species for about 6 years now, in different setups, and never saw stripes.

Let me observe them a bit.. .the behavior seems different too.

June 19, 2013
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Very comfortable, Mikev.

About sexing: with these pics??? Like that? Just a guesssspnew.jpgImage Enlarger

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June 19, 2013
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Thanks, Charles,

It looks to me like two males too (but I don't trust myself with this species... I would have never guessed that Matt's fish is a bisexual),... then no mixing, perhaps they decide to breed, and I'd like to confirm they breed "true".

@Matt, perhaps it is worth mentioning in the profile that there is a variant.

June 20, 2013
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Here is one diff: I've never seen "normal" spotties enjoying top of the filter like this:
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at one point all 6 were on top together.

Funny thing that after being in the new tank for only a day they managed to dither out the lizards (see behind on the photo)... I almost never see them coming out... something related to Plaamoo's H01.

June 20, 2013
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When I want to see them all: a long flat stone, 2/3 of the tank, layed on three smaller flat stones, just high enough to make them pass underneath. The effect: they all appear on the same stone, the weeker are complimented away, pass underneath and return to the surface. Makes it easier to get documentary pics too.

Cheers Charles

June 21, 2013
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I'll try this.

The joy of seeing them all on top lasted one day only... all hiding now, coming out only for food and quarreling... just like my other ones.

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