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Yasuhikotakia splendida Male?
September 9, 2011
11:48 am
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Mark Duffill
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I picked up these two stunning splendida from Pier, they have been in the shop since March and fully settled in a big group, I had noticed a small bit of colouration on one of my group a while ago but nothing to this extent:

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This is definately not artificial colouring or a problem with the fish as the intensity of colouration changes and rapidly at times, I am assumimg that this is male maturity/spawning colouration as I have never heard reports of it been seen before

September 9, 2011
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Wow. /blink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.gif" /> No idea at all, did they develop the colour after being in the shop or did they arrive like that?

edit: just looking again, I've seen a very similar pink colour around the head region of a fish before - think it was an Indian Channa on Petfrd???

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September 9, 2011
12:27 pm
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This colouration has developed while in the shop and settled, they certainly do seem more outgoing than my other 13 and hopefully when they finally move to their bigger tank I will see a lot more of them.

September 21, 2011
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How are you getting on with these Mark? Have they maintained the red colouration?

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September 22, 2011
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They still have the red and it has become more intense since they went into my tank, I noticed a lot of clicking over the weekend and unfortunately found 4 of my existing group dead yesterday morning /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

I stripped out a lot of the rockwork to be sure there were no more fish stuck anywhere and the 4 that I removed were plump and had no marks on their bodies or outward signs of illness but they had stopped feeding which added to things I think because the mysis and bloodworm that I had put in the night before was uneaten so a water change was in order. The remaining 11 adult fish are fine today and all swimming around ok with each other so I dont know what has happened /mad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":mad:" border="0" alt="mad.gif" />

I dont know if the new fish have thrown their weight around a bit to much and caused a bit of stress in the existing fish, the worst part is the not knowing.

September 22, 2011
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Sorry to hear that. /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" /> Good there are still 11 left though. Installation of a 'loach cam' may be useful!

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September 22, 2011
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Aaah sorry to hear that Mark !

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