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post #1 of 3 Old 04-13-2012, 01:49 AM Thread Starter
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Name that fish!

Hello, hello!

So I have yet ANOTHER mystery hitchhiker fry, and I'm looking for an ID.
I can't get a pic of the little bugger, he's too small and my camera is too sucky.
Here's my best attempt at a description:
He came from an egg that came on some plants. (I plan to make a trip to the LFS to see if they remember what fish were in the tank the plants came from.) He definitely has RED eyes, really RED! He is other wise clear colored at this point, no markings or color yet. His body is elongated and tubular (i.e. NOT laterally compressed), has a homocercal/forked type caudal fin, and has a dorsal fin that is set back (caudally) on the body like some surface dwellers. There's no discernible adipose fin, but he is really small still and hard to see. He hangs out near the surface. He seems weirdly chill little guy, but that may or may not mean anything.

So... Sound like any fish you're familiar with?

Thanks for reading, and a special thanks for any guesses you may have!

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post #2 of 3 Old 04-13-2012, 10:58 AM
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This is just a wild stab in the dark, but I would suspect a characin from the Pyrrhulina group (we have one in our profiles, these are not commonly-seen in the hobby), the posterior-placed dorsal is suggestive; or a killiefish.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
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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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post #3 of 3 Old 04-13-2012, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Your "wild stab in the dark" trumps my "haven't got a clue". Its appreciated!

That is totally the look of him! Body shape is right on, fin placement is right on. I can't find any that have red eyes, but I'll keep looking. I'll look at Killis, too. Thanks for the help!

P.S. Upon another look at the little guy, his blunted, rounded nose reminds me more of a Killi nose than the Pyrrhulina sp. nose. Ack! This is hard! lol

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