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A dark laternal line on Burundi

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Hi all Fronts and Gibs fans,

I have been keeping three Burundi six-stripe (pond raised fry) for two months, ranging from 3-5 cm.
Sometimes, a dark line is found along the laternal line, crossing the alternate black & white stripe. I asked someone in local group. The answers are....
1. after inter-breeding for several generation...?genetic defect?
2. a commensal fungus along the line??
3. emotional line - appear in stressful, disappear in delightful???
4. features of Burundi which not found in gibberosa or Zaire blue????
Well... I am so confusing :-?
How could I get rid of this dark line in my babies?
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since the lateral line is a sensory organ, working via vibration similar to our inner ear, then it 'sounds' (sic) logical that the line would be more visible if the fish were stressed. answers #1, #2, and #4 are excusable, IMHO. post a pic? HTH.
gpb210 said:
Will this sensory dark line be found in Moba or other gibberosa?
yes. but variants like moba, get so dark overall when stressed, it might be less obvious to see.
here is an example of a juvenile burundi-type exposing lateral line while stressed:

and here is a male zaire showing slight lateral line exposure while calm:
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gpb210 said:
So might i say that the heavy dark lateral line is a feature of burundi, espically for those pond raised and under stress. For other fronts/gibs, no such obvious line can be seen except for those variants.
**yes...i would say it is more common to see lateral line exposure with juveniles of burundi type than compared to zaire variants. but do not assume the condition to be a negative one. it is better described as a sign of awareness or attentiveness. perhaps burundi types are more inquisitive? or more likely...they simply have bigger 'ears' than their southern cousins.
**for me...the term variant refers to recognized, or suspected differences, reproduced within a same species. an example of 'suspected difference', often involves geographical catch locations, until further investigation proves indifference or otherwise. an example of 'recognized differences', might include unique developmental features, such as scale patterning, or perhaps even an overtly exposed lateral line (j/k).
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