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Pearl gouramies looking a bit odd.

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    plesner
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    Hi,

    A friend of mine bought a group of pearl gouramies in what is probably the best place to buy fish in Copenhagen. According to the shop they’re bred in Denmark. When she came home with them and studied them in their tank, she thought that they did look somewhat odd. Though they look nowhere as awful as balloon pearl gouramies, they do look a bit short and high-bodied and the fins are quite extreme (especially in the males) for fish which sizewise shouldn’t quite be adults yet.

     

    What is your opinion?

     

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    TIA,

    Plesner

    #354235

    plesner
    Participant

    I just received a picture of yet another one of the pearl gouramies. Though it’s fairly small in this picture, it does look a lot worse than the other ones.

     

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    #354236

    torso
    Participant

    they look odd. here some pics of wild caught

    http://www.igl-home.de/forum/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=6176

    it’s a pity that selection leeds to these forms.

    on the IGL-website I’ve read a remark: good news is, that this species resists all tentatives to breed colour forms. and now this

    http://www.aquariumglaser.de/de/archiv.php?news_id=1288

    cheers Charles

    #354238

    helsch
    Participant

    Hi, –

    those are actually my fish, – and thanks plesner for uploading.

    I can confirm that the fish are odd indeed, – and in fact,  I am not in doubt any longer, – they are simply not ‘natural’, they have been bred to look like this, – with a strong emphasis on lots of sparkling colours and extended fins, – short bodies.

    It seems in this particular batch some of them are ‘worse’ than others, – some of them may look slightly as the normal ones. But theres one ‘freak’ fish, looking very little like a normal gurami in fact.

    I just had to ask my fellow hobbyists if this could really be true, I had never expected this to happen when one went to an ordinary shop and wanted to buy ordinary pearl guramies.

    I will most likely return them to the shop. Although in many ways they are pretty striking beatiful I hate the idea of having fish like that in my tank.

    Thanks for any reply which can contribute to solving or understanding this problem

    #354239

    helsch
    Participant

    IMG_1771.JPG

     IMG_1729-1.JPGsorry :) I dont seem to be able to put the photos right, – but heres just a few more better pictures. The large pearl in the back is my ‘old’ normal one :)

    #354253

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Short-bodied pearl gouramis, whatever next? Cry

    #354259

    oaken
    Participant

    I recently saw short bodied Ctenopoma acutirostre. The funny thing is they go for a higher price than the normal ones. Apparently “short body fish” seems to be a big trend among “monster” fishkeepers. 

    #354261

    helsch
    Participant

    With these ‘pearls’ the thing is as plesner wrote – they look totally matured and fins and colours are as it would be in a very matured normal fish, but bodywise they look like ‘teenagers’ if anything.

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