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McSkeeterguy



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:27 pm    Post subject: ID this juvenile? Reply with quote

[img]https://imgur.com/a/Sg95M[/img]

These two pics are of the same individual, approx 2.5 months old and 1”

Back storyline: I purchased plants from several sources and eventually found 3 microscopic fry in my tank. All 3 are different sizes, this one is the largest and with the most color. The other two are gray.

The Fish Store where they may have hitchhiked from keep 4-6 different species of rainbow fish together....but the staff claim they’ve never seen breeding or fry.

Any thoughts? Much obliged!
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Rob M



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...keep 4-6 different species of rainbow fish together...

Could be anything and/or a cross breed.

Personally, I would find someone looking for a few feeder fish and give the fish to them.
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McSkeeterguy



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cull because they would be unhealthy or some other issue? I don’t have any prior experience keeping rainbows.
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Rob M



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hybrids are generally frowned upon with rainbows. It is better to keep pure stock with known collection locations, mostly because getting fresh newly imported rainbows is fairly rare.
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Colin_T



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks a bit like a Melanotaenia parkinsoni x, but as stated above it could be absolutely anything, and if the shop had more than one species in the tank, then it is probably a hybrid.

It is fine to keep hybrids if you want them, however most purists will not keep hybrids. However, as long as you don't breed them and you keep them on the basis that they are hybrids, there is no reason to destroy them.

Hybrid fish are normally just as strong and healthy as their parents, sometimes even stronger, depending on if they have any weird mutations or deformities. The one in the picture looks pretty healthy so keep them in a display tank and don't breed from them. And if you ever get rid of them (ie: give to another fish keeper), inform them they are hybrids and they should not breed from them either.

As for the shop staff not witnessing any breeding in the plant tank, the fish will often breed first thing in the morning when staff are doing other things. Rainbowfishes will also breed throughout the day and they will often breed for weeks on end. A few seconds is all it takes and you have eggs so it is highly probable the staff never saw any action in the tank, especially if the shop is busy.
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