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Abbyapple12 08-09-2009 03:49 PM

What Kind of fish are these?
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They look similar to chiclids but i am not very sure. I got them out of my lake when they were only fry and there were so many and they were just huddled in a swarm by themselves. I didn't even see them they were so tiny then i thought they were bugs and finally realized they were little fish. But now they are about an inch or so. And i have just been feeding them fish food. But i would guess Tilapia but you rarely see those in our lake. Their coloration is very dull. I am thinking it is just cause i have just been feeding them freshwater fish flakes. please let me know and possibly what I should be feeding them?

Shadowcat0789 08-09-2009 10:08 PM

I'm not sure what they are but try offering them a variety, from cucumber and zucchini to blood worms and brine shrimp, not to mention anything in between. You will need a plant weight or something in order to weigh down the veggies. (You could also offer romaine lettuce as another suggestion)

aquakid 08-10-2009 08:01 AM


1077 08-10-2009 08:44 AM

Very hard to say. They do resemble tilapia but the faint verticle bars don't seem right for that species nor the lateral stripe. I might condsider chopped earthworms,frozen or freezedried chopped krill, along with freezedried crickets like those sold for reptiles, and Brine shrimp in addition to the flake foods. The krill should help colors develop perhaps making identification a little easier.

jeaninel 08-10-2009 11:54 AM

Abbyapple, where do you live? You said you got them from a local lake?

Abbyapple12 08-10-2009 12:04 PM

I live in FL

Abbyapple12 09-14-2009 03:49 PM

Hey ok well the fish have grown alot since that last pic which hasn't been long ago. They are all the same age but very in size quite a bit. some are around 2-3 inches and some are around 3-4 inches. The bigger they are the more vibrant they are. They all now have a blue sheen on their head. Not fully blue but like a sheen. And they have like pretty dark stripes going up and down. they also have a red tip on their tales. they are seeming to look more and more like tilapia but maybe i am wrong. And what kind of tilapia do you think they may be?

willieturnip 09-16-2009 08:33 PM

Keep the pics updated. The older they grow, the easier they are to identify.

Similar markings to my texas cichlids. :|

mollies 09-16-2009 08:47 PM

lets see updated pics.

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