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post #1 of 6 Old 01-23-2014, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Identity Problem: What am I?

A friend of mine took down his tank, and gave me all the inhabitants including this guy I can't identify at all. My friend isn't the most knowledgable, and described it as "not a goldfish." I have seen em before but have no idea what it is! It is about 5 inches and seems to be eating algae off my plants. Like I said, no idea.... Any help would be much appreciated.

That blurry flash in the pic is my roommates rainbowfish photobombing. They love their picture to be taken...
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-24-2014, 04:25 AM
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Looks like it could be a tinfoil barb? The face and the tail look right but it's hard to tell the color with that picture.

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Looks kinda like a head stander, but I don't think it is. Not a tinfoil barb either. I know I've seen this fish before....
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-24-2014, 08:24 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, tinfoil and headstander crossed my mind too. Almost looks like a female odessa on steroid. Tried to take a few better pics. I know I've seen em before which is what's killing me!

Its got red fins, bronze coloration with horizontal bars and an almost false eyespot. All I know is Adrian Peterson the redtail shark on steroids was not happy about this strange creature entering its domain.
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post #5 of 6 Old 01-24-2014, 11:50 AM
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A minnow?


Sorry I cant help.

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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Looks more like a gizzard shad to me...

Which gives me an idea

Maybe I'll ask him to come fishing with me next time I go...just kidding
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