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Jpsycho 12-30-2006 11:20 PM

Do you know what kind of fish this is?
So here's the story. A couple of months ago (before the snow came, I live in New Mexico), a family friend came over with a 25 gallon tank and filled it up with everything; a blue/pink soft gravel type substrate, little castle, fake plant, Pleco catfish to clean the walls, and fish)

My sister brought home a little goldfish she had won at school, and for lack of a better place, she put it in the tank with the unknown fish. After I got home that day, she came to me and blamed me because my fish ate her feeder goldfish.

A few weeks days ago, after the first snow that came, we were stuck in the house, completely snowed in. And we ran out of the food that came with the fish. With nothing to feed it, it went hungry for a few days, until it finally went and swallowed the Pleco fish, which was 3/4's it's size, albeit thin.

So since then, I've been feeding it Betta pellets everyday, because we can't get out of the house.

I don't have a digital camera here, so as soon as we can get out I'll take a few pictures.

Description of Fish;

The fish is about about 5-6 inches long, dorsal fin across it's whole spine. The dorsal fin has a light blue all along the tip (disease? Never seen it before.)

Caudal fin is about normal shaped.

The pectoral fins are a little big, though VERY thin.

The pelvic fins hang down a inch or so but never move.

The anal fin is long, and it has 4 BRIGHT yellow dots in a square pattern (disease, or what?)

The body of the fish is vertically striped with black-yellow stripes, about 1/2 inch in length, except for the forehead area which is horozontally striped.

Eyes are black, with bright yellow around them.

The fish has big lips, pale yellow in color.

The dorsal fin has the black and yellow striping for the bottom half, but then it goes to black, and then perwinkle blue at the very edge.

I've taken it in to other fish owners and pet stores, I've been told it was a bumblebee goby, but other's tell me it isn't. I've seen Bumblebee's, and my fish looks nothing like most of them, except for the coloring.

The fish is carnivourous, has some strange behavior where it picks up the substrate with it's big mouth and lips and moves it where it wants it, though it coughs some up later. It also seems to come up to the surface, grab some air, and spit it out somewhere else. That's pretty much it, any other questions? Ill get a pic up soon.

jd254 12-30-2006 11:25 PM

kinda hard to tell from description, but... CELL phone picture! or draw it with paint lol and post it.

musho3210 12-30-2006 11:37 PM

OMG ITS GODZILLA!!! Just joking

from the description i cant really tell but i think it is some sort of chichlid. A picture would be great or even a drawing. Good luck on that snow in

Jpsycho 12-31-2006 12:09 AM

OK, ok, ok, ok. It's REALLLLLLLY bad. But in my defense, i'm on a laptop, and I did that with the touchpad. It's not my fault. :oops:

musho3210 12-31-2006 12:21 AM

Hmm i'm 90% sure thats a chichlid now, let me look in my aquarium book and find out for you

Lupin 12-31-2006 02:16 AM

Any chance of a picture? There's no way proper ID will be given without a clear picture.:dunno:

sazzy 12-31-2006 04:32 AM
this is a blue obliquidens. is it anything like or simular?

Lauri 12-31-2006 07:21 AM

Anything like this? Younger Bumblebee Mbuna
Older Bumblebee Mbuna
Bumblebee Mbuna
The body coloring depends on the sex, age, and geographical population of the fish. Males can be dark yellow or blue in color with eight or nine black, transverse bars. The first is usually found on the upper lip, and the next runs through the eye. The final band is usually located on the base of the caudal fin. Other populations may also have horizontal stripes crisscrossing with the vertical bands. Females are usually paler in color. In both sexes, the fins are gray to black

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