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The LFS, looking to make room for new stock, gave me a 6" vieja today - thanks to me being friends with the guy who runs the place :)

It's a bit beat up - I didn't recall it having some of the bad spots in it's scales like it has now, but, I need some help identifying it.

Please help!

PS: Thanks for the feedback in the other thread - I did NOT put it into the tank with my other Viejas!



 

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I can tell you it's not a synspilium, bifasciatus, breidohri, fenestratus, zonatus, or melanurus.

That leaves hartwegi and guttulatus, and I'd go with hartwegi.

Though hybrids are all too common in the Vieja/Paratheraps family these days.
 

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I agree, I think it's a hartwegi.
But it's often hard to be certain with some Veija/Paratheraps as there are many regional variants; each individual fish is like a 'snowflake" - everyone a little different, and some species only seem to differ by their coloration!
 

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Very elongated looking IMO as well. The face also seems off for a pure Vieja/Paratheraps. Nice looking fish none the less...feed him well for a bit and fatten him up and then post some more pics ;)
 

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It definitely needs some fattening up - that's for sure! Beautiful is exactly what I was thinking!

Thanks for the compliments - I thought he/she was stunning when I first saw it - have been eyeing it for months but couldn't get the wife to sign-off on the purchase, but when the store owner went to dinner with the wife and I and he mentioned he would give it to me, I jumped at the chance!
 

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I'm on the hartwegi boat.
Guttulatus might be more possible if real ones weren't so hard to find in the first place.
But based on the body and coloration of the fish I think it's hartwegi.
 

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JWhipple said:
Now I don't feel so stupid :)
I don't see why you would in the first place. The Vieja/Paratheraps groups have been known to induce major headaches! :lol:
For my own sanity I just kinda step back and watch from a distance when it comes to the more complicated ones. Only...I don't know how you did it but you suckered me into this one somehow. :lol:
 
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