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Is this one a fire fish?

Postby NZ1001 » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:46 pm

Got this one from a chain store, was in a mixed tank for regular $. It's just under 2".
So, does it look like a fire fish to you?
Thx. :)

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Postby Rift485 » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:50 pm

You got that right :D
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Postby dielikemoviestars » Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:04 am

Fire fish? Not sure what that is...
This fish looks like the typical line-bred hybrid peacock (called "Dragon's Blood," "Sunshine," etc.).
I am willing to bet my foot that it's hormoned if it's that colorful at 2".
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Postby NZ1001 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:14 am

Thanks guys.
I believe it is just another name besides "Dragon's Blood," "Sunshine," etc. I too, think it was very likely hormoned, although I wouldn't bet my body part on it. :D
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Postby Joea » Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:33 am

dielikemoviestars wrote:Fire fish? Not sure what that is...


Fire Fish
Dragons Blood
Strawberry
Tangerine
Poseidon
Sunburst
Neon Red
Red Regal
Super Red
Flame
Super-Ultra-Hyper-Magic-Flying-Redder-Than-The-Reddest-Red-Peacock.

They're all the same... ok, I made up that last one.
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Postby Rift485 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 12:36 pm

Joea wrote:
dielikemoviestars wrote:Fire fish? Not sure what that is...


Fire Fish
Dragons Blood
Strawberry
Tangerine
Poseidon
Sunburst
Neon Red
Red Regal
Super Red
Flame
Super-Ultra-Hyper-Magic-Flying-Redder-Than-The-Reddest-Red-Peacock.

They're all the same... ok, I made up that last one.




Don't joke Joe I'm sure there's somebody in Thailand working on that exact strain right now :D
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Postby Joea » Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:13 pm

Rift485 wrote:Don't joke Joe I'm sure there's somebody in Thailand working on that exact strain right now :D


Ironically enough, that name has as much merit as all the rest. I may just stick with that! :wink:
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Postby NZ1001 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 5:08 pm

Thx much for the info. :)
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Postby NZ1001 » Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:57 pm

I've noticed it colors off quite a bit during the night, and turns red again after the light comes back. Does that indicate the little guy was not heavily juiced as I thought, perhaps?
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Postby NZ1001 » Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:23 pm

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Postby Joea » Sat Apr 12, 2008 12:10 am

There's really no way of knowing how much a fish has been hormoned. Different hormones and different fish can have different displays of colour.

To me, the long finnage on such a small fish, is more of an indication of homones being used than its colour. Colour, hormoned or otherwise, can decrease and intensify with changing moods.
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Postby NZ1001 » Sat Apr 12, 2008 9:12 am

Thank you for the opinion. I read somewhere that hormoned specimen won't be able to change to stressed color until it wears out. Finage is another indication but my experience is limited...
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Postby Joea » Sat Apr 12, 2008 10:13 am

NZ1001 wrote:Thank you for the opinion. I read somewhere that hormoned specimen won't be able to change to stressed color until it wears out.


Likely not to the degree of a naturally coloured fish. The difference between your two pictures is negligible. If you see the colour fade substantially after a few weeks and remain that way, you can pretty much conclude that hormones were used.
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