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Possible Galaxy Rasbora Variants

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This topic contains 26 replies, has 8 voices, and was last updated by  Matt 6 years, 10 months ago.

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  • #299442

    Matt
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    A friend works at one of the better shops in the country and Celestichthys margaritatus “red spot” and “orange spot” have just appeared on her suppliers’ list. Have any of you guys heard anything about these? Having worked in the trade for a while and seen some of the crazy names that suppliers manufacture to make fish more saleable my sceptical side is saying that they will be selling males as “red spot” and females as “orange spot”, but I suppose you never know. We’ve already ruled out Microrasbora rubescens by the way.

    #305132

    Eyrie
    Participant

    I wonder if it’s line breeding or natural? I know my LFS was getting some galaxy rasboras in last week, so I may pop down for anosy come the weekend.

    #305140

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Interesting point Eyrie. I’m fairly sure these aren’t being produced commercially in massive numbers though. I forgot to mention, the “red spots” are more expensive. What’s your lfs?

    #305142

    Eyrie
    Participant

    I use OutsideInside Aquatics down at Haddington. Guy knows his stuff and always has an interesting selection of fish in. None of the LFSs in Edinburgh are anywhere near as good, so it’s a worthwhile 40 mile round trip.

    That said, I do use the [email protected] next to my office for food

    #305146

    keith565
    Participant

    i tend to agree with you Matt. just another gimmick, or are these indeed new fish on the market. if so, then i hope for gods sake they keep the collection area a better secret than they did with the galaxy.

    #305151

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Apparently there was an article in TFH last year that discussed the species existing in two colour forms. Any subscribers here? Yeah Keith they made a right mess of the original habitat didn’t they?

    #305154

    keith565
    Participant

    i didn’t see that article. i knew they had 2 habitats, but that’s all.
    be interesting to see what the experts think of these ‘new’ ones.

    #305926

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Finally pics! Well, a pic of what was ordered as the “red spot” variety by my friend. They look just like the ones I was breeding to me ie. the “standard” fish. What does everyone think?

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    #305928

    ndc
    Participant

    looks just like the ‘normal’ ones – they are probably producing them in asia now in numbers so it may be something to do with size? (ie orange ones being smaller) or quality? or even may be crossed with something else? or a diff species for the orange that they are hoping to get people to buy cos they know they wouldnt if they had the latin name?

    #305963

    Matt
    Keymaster

    The other thing that I was thinking is that these all look male to me. The female is less-brightly coloured and has orange in the fins. The difference is obvious in this pic. Female on the right:

    I wonder if they’re just separating the sexes to get a better price on the males?

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    #305965

    ndc
    Participant

    after seeing that pic i think youll be 100 % right

    #307661

    Jarcave
    Participant

    I keep these to. The males are significantly brighter as you suggest. And having also worked in the trade and seen how “common names” are dreampt up (Suggestions banded about an office), I’m inclined to agree with Matt. Unless anyone has any different information? I reckon the “red spots” will be males and “orange spots” female.

    #307709

    Reva
    Participant

    At the risk of sounding Completely Ignorant, this pretty fish looks more like a danio to me in body shape. Reminds me of a leopard danio with a different spot color, and like a zebra danio with the blue body color. With Danios sometimes the darker fish is the female.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unq4fnDzMLM

    #307710

    Jarcave
    Participant

    QUOTE (Reva @ Jul 27 2008, 08:03 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    At the risk of sounding Completely Ignorant, this pretty fish looks more like a danio to me in body shape. Reminds me of a leopard danio with a different spot color, and like a zebra danio with the blue body color. With Danios sometimes the darker fish is the female.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unq4fnDzMLM

    Galaxy rasboras have now been renamed Celestial danios.

    #307725

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Yes and at least one person has attempted to move it to the genus Danio from its current position as the sole member of Celestichthys. As far as I know the latter is still valid though. It’s definitely closely-related to Danio Reva.

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