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post #1 of 2 Old 09-22-2010, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
Odessa Barbs

I have 8 small Odessa's but I cannot sex any of them. None of them are showing any color yet. Water parameters are within their desired range. I am wondering how long it will take for them to show their colors because I got them for the beautiful color pattern of the male. I have had them for about two weeks an they are probably less than a half inch long.
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post #2 of 2 Old 09-23-2010, 12:06 PM
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In the profiole of this species it mentions several things that can affect the fish's colouration. Low light, heavy planting; water parameters; type of foods. Also, depends upon their age, fish generally colour up as they mature a bit assuming things are to their liking.

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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 you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re 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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