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post #1 of 13 Old 01-21-2012, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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Fish ID?

Hey guys. I spent some time at the hospital this week, so of course checked out their fish tanks. They had some parrot mouths, red tail sharks, one big silver looking guy that I didn't catch a picture of, darn it, and these guys:



Any ideas? They also had a big black looking guy--maybe 6+ inches and tallish with what looked like a bottle nose that hung out around the bottom. I thought I had a picture of him, but I either deleted it or it didn't take.
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post #2 of 13 Old 01-21-2012, 03:32 PM
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small picture but ill guess yellow lab cichlids. the silver fish was prob. a silver dollar.
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post #3 of 13 Old 01-21-2012, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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I thought yellow labs, but everything I looked up said they were yellow-yellow. These guys were all orange, some with black markings. The silver guy wasn't a silver dollar--they had a few of those scattered in tanks. He was maybe a foot long or a little more and very triangular--nose came to a point, tail almost made a V with a curved middle. Very shiny.
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post #4 of 13 Old 01-21-2012, 03:48 PM
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is there any chance it was a saltwater tank? the fish may have been anthias and the silver one a lookdown. however they dont look like anthias to me but more of a cichlid.
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post #5 of 13 Old 01-21-2012, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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I wondered the same thing, but all tanks had plecos, so confirmed freshwater. First glance made me think yellow clown goby, but fins were wrong and then the pleco appeared.
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post #6 of 13 Old 01-21-2012, 03:56 PM
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theyve def. got to be some sort of cichlid, thats just one of those fish i was never really into and cant really provide more help then that, sorry.
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post #7 of 13 Old 01-21-2012, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Is ok ^_^ Maybe someone else can enlighten. I'm just curious, and most things are worth learning. It was cute--there were some young ones hiding in the bottoms of the rock caves. They'd see me looking at them and draw further back into their hiding place. =D
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post #8 of 13 Old 01-21-2012, 05:48 PM
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Could it have been an arowanna of some kind? The silver thing that is.
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post #9 of 13 Old 01-21-2012, 06:04 PM
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my bid would be red zebra
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post #10 of 13 Old 01-22-2012, 10:13 AM Thread Starter
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my bid would be red zebra
That looks like them. ^_^

The black one I mentioned looks like he may have been a Frontosa with a very defined nose. Silver one wasn't an arowana--wrong shape. It's the same basic shape of a Redfin Prochilodus but pointy-er in the nose, flatter in the underline, and bright silver, big scales all over. No other colors. And bigger. If that guy was only a foot, I have no spatial sense *lol* I don't even know where to look for him.
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