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post #1 of 4 Old 02-20-2012, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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fish ID help

newbie here. first post and new at fish keeping. I bought 2 red fish yesterday and i don't know what they are. i have looked at every fish i can google and cannot id it. it has a body shaped like a neon tetra, but about 2-3 times as long. it is red and has a very forked tail. the tail action is unique when it swims. i was told that they are males and the female is more of a brown dull color.

any ideas?
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-20-2012, 09:08 PM
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im thinking a barb, fire or rosey, any way we can get pics?

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post #3 of 4 Old 02-20-2012, 09:09 PM
Any pic.?
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post #4 of 4 Old 02-21-2012, 04:14 PM
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It is very unwise to buy a fish without knowing what it is, since you cannot possibly know what it needs, its behaviours, special foods, maximum size, etc. if you don't know the species. Did the store not have any common name? That and a photo will help us.

And, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.


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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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