05-02-2009, 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted by mollies
Thanks for the reply. I guess there not columbian. They have a red strip spot over there eyes. silverish gold body. My lfs told me they were columbian tetras. I just looked on a sight i think there the rio tetras.
Fish stores sometimes make names up. One of my lfs, very reputable one, recently had some "Silver Tetras" that I had never seen. Knowing the owner, i asked her if she had a scientific name from the supplier (even they sometimes make them up if not certain themselves, but it can give a hint) and she said no, but they had actually come in as "Gold" tetras but since they were more silver than gold she named them "Silver" tetra. Turns out they were actually the silver form of the Brass Tetra, a fish that has five different English names online [forgotten the scientific name at the moment, no matter]. Thus, it pays to use the scientific name if known to avoid such confusion.
I did a quick search of "rio tetra" and it doesn't match your description. Can you attach a photo of what you think is your fish from that site?