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post #1 of 16 Old 10-18-2010, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Need quick ID, got a free mystery fish

So I was lookin in the plant tanks, where they apparently keep the random fish that come in with guppies, and I saw this fish sittin that the bottom. I liked it cause it looks like a salt water goby and its been in like platys or mollies for about a month. The girl didnt know what it was so she said I could take it for free.
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post #2 of 16 Old 10-18-2010, 12:08 PM
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It might be a Killiefish. Does not look like an Oto because it does not have a sucker mouth. Google Killiefish pictures and see if it looks like one of those. Killie'fish come in a wide range of colors. Good eye in spotting that fish it's really neat looking. I got some free fish at Petco when I got some plants. They will give you any baby fish that you spot as they will get eaten by the other fish . Petsmart also will give you any baby fish that you might want. You just have to ask. If they are not busy they will fish them out for you. I took a quick look and it looks like a banded killiefish. Google that and it looks just like it.

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post #3 of 16 Old 10-18-2010, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Looks a little like a clown killi but this one has 2 fins on top and like 2 sets of "hands" fins, dunno what the correct name is for the fins. The pet supplies plus i was at actually had a sign saying the baby mollies were the same price as adults lol...
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post #4 of 16 Old 10-18-2010, 01:33 PM
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Looks kinda like a tidewater goby, but I'm not well versed on gobies.



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post #5 of 16 Old 10-18-2010, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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It looks pretty close to the tidewater in color but it doesnt have that frowny face the tidewater does. I hope its not a tidewater anyway, id feel too much pressure about keeping a possibly endangered animal/
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post #6 of 16 Old 10-18-2010, 02:17 PM
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It kinda looks like the first goby on that site which is an Evotia sp. It also looks a bit like the first goby here, especially in the face/head.


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post #7 of 16 Old 10-18-2010, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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Man a lot look so similar, and like his eyes look like that of one and his body of another and his color of another... like hes a super mix breed.

Anybody know if it will eat flake or bloodworms or what? I threw some flakes down to the bottom but i guess he didnt feel like eating yet cause the snail came and cleaned it up.
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post #8 of 16 Old 10-19-2010, 12:06 AM
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Its most likely a swamp darter (it is definately a darter), a native of Florida and the SE (not to sure on its full range). It stays relatively small, probably 2" would be the max, it definately doesnt reach 3" (so i have heard). They like bottom although i am sure they will travel into the mid water column to grab food. Im not too sure on food suggestions, but it should catch on relativeky quickly on whats food. I would try the bloodworms and see if hes interested
*EDIT* http://www.nanfa.org/articles/acswampdarter.shtml that will help you

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post #9 of 16 Old 10-19-2010, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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Awesome thanks, that looks just like it. It sucks that they are "short-lived". I hope I can find a place that sells them, breeding them would be awesome.
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post #10 of 16 Old 10-19-2010, 02:27 PM
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they are probably short lived due to predation (since anything can eat them since they are so small). You could have it for over a year or over a month. How big is it now?
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