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post #1 of 7 Old 05-04-2012, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
Identify the Mystery Fish!

When I bought my school of Bleeding Heart Tetra, this little guy ended up with them. I have no idea what it is, despite spending hours scouring over images of Tetra, Pencilfish, etc. The closest I've come to identifying it is a Blue Tetra, but they lack the red gill plates.

It's quite small, but larger than a Cardinal or Neon. Very fast swimmer, and not timid/shy at all. The pectoral fins, which are transparent also point upward, rather than outward like the Tetra. At night, the body goes almost transparent, save for a tiny light blue lateral line mid-body, and red gill plates. During the day, it goes a darker blue-grey. The top of the eyes are turquoise (unlike the Blue Tetra, which are yellow).

It also seems to enjoy nibbling on the blanched spinach I put in for the Otos, but leaves the actual live plants alone.

Any ideas what it is? I'd like to get it some schooling buddies.

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post #2 of 7 Old 05-04-2012, 01:47 PM
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It's a species of blue eyed rainbows.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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post #3 of 7 Old 05-04-2012, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
I believe you may be correct, fine sir. Especially judging from the shape of the mouth and snout region. I can't find a pic identical to this little one, but according to the articles out there, this would be a female.
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post #4 of 7 Old 05-04-2012, 02:47 PM
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The double dorsal fin is a dead give away ;)

It's most likely a celebes.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-04-2012, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
It's not a Celebs. I just got back from Big Al's, where I asked about it. It is a Rainbow, but he named off another kind. They're out of stock of that kind, but assured me this little girl would be happy schooling with Celebs, so I bought 6.
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-04-2012, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
Just a quick update: I introduced the solo Rainbow to her new group of Celebs, and she calmed down immediately and schooled with them. What a nice end for this poor little stressed out fish.
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-05-2012, 11:54 AM
she is a female rainbow celebes.i have a bunch of them in my tank.the males have beautiful finage but the colors aren't very bright.

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
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