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tophat665 05-31-2007 09:35 PM

Like a handful of diamonds...
 
So you may or may not have read about my baby sterbais, and you may or may not haveseen from my tank logs that I had cleared all of the fish out of one of my 3 20 gallon Amazon tanks. So I had this lovely planted tank going, and nothing in there but pond snails. So I put the baby sterbais in there and called my favorite LFS. "Do you have Lemon Tetras?"

"Sure, we have a ton of them."

So I headed down and poked around and he finally pointed them out to me. They looked quite wan, and (unfortuately or fortunately as the case may be) I didn't recall what the patterning on the fins was supposed to be. (It's a yellow band and a black band, and the top of the eyes is quite red. These weren't like that though). He told me, the fellow who owns the store, that they would yellow up fine under the proper lighting, so I got 8 and brought them home.

So this tank is dimly lit and heavily planted, just the thing to bring out the color in a lemon tetra, but these guys if anything got more and more sparkly-silvery. I spent some time poking around the web and found that I had just gotten 8 Diamond tetras for about half price. They're very young, between 3/4 and 1 inch. They're also the most active fish I have bar none.

So I have kind of fallen on my feet here, since I had planned on putting 8 diamonds in the 110 later this summer. Guess the Lemons will have to wait a while.

A picture, then, for your enjoyment:
http://www.fishforum.com/userpix/277...put2_002_1.jpg

Lupin 06-01-2007 02:42 AM

Lovely diamonds.:love: :mrgreen: I daresay you are absolutely enjoying them. Try adding them. They'll really add beauty to your tank.:)

tophat665 08-11-2007 01:56 PM

These guys have grown out to about an inch and a half or an inch and three quarters. Their dorsals have started to get the characteristic high hoock, and they have gotten really sparkly iridescent.. Got them in a 55 now with 6 Black Neons, 6 Glow Lights, 2 High finned Black Widows, 5 Albino Bronze Cories, 1 Three Lined Cory (Survivor of a turtle tank), 14 Sterbas cories (10 of them fry under 1", 4 of them Adults), a Clown Pleco, and a male and a female Bristlenosed pleco.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y24...amondTetra.jpg
Fuzzy, but the best I can do at the moment.

Amphitrite 08-11-2007 02:02 PM

Beautiful looking fish - I love the way the light catches them.

Do you have any pics of the sterbais? :)

willow 08-11-2007 02:04 PM

they're really nice :)
well done on the sterbais babies.

Falina 08-12-2007 07:49 PM

Your fish, and also the tank, is lookinng really good!

tophat665 08-12-2007 10:30 PM

Thanks for the kind words, all. This is the tank the Albino Cories spawned in today.

Quote:

Originally Posted by kateyoup
Do you have any pics of the sterbais? :)

I wish. They're camera shy and don't show up really well on the dark substrate. I do have some pix of the babies from May, though. I've had a thread in the catfish section with them in there.
http://fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=7165


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