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New dither fish...

Post by Jim Powers » Wed Jan 11, 2006 4:56 pm

I was in my favorite lfs today and they had the new Vietmanese (or high fin) white clouds. They are very attractive fish, much more colorful than the standard white cloud. But, at $6 a pop, they are more expensive.I think they would make a great dither for a river tank. Now, if they would just get that other Vietnamese fish that begins with the letter "S". Now that would make for a great river tank setup!

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Post by Emma Turner » Wed Jan 11, 2006 5:37 pm

Excellent Jim, maybe you should splash out on them anyway - it's only money after all :wink: and they would give you so much pleasure.
And I hate to make you jealous, but we have both of those fish you mention in our shop right now!
I really do hope that you manage to find some of the 'S-word' soon!

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Post by Jim Powers » Wed Jan 11, 2006 5:51 pm

Actually, Emma, I would have bought them today if I had the room. I'm trying to make the room for them and that "S" word fish, if I ever find them. :D

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Post by Graeme Robson » Thu Jan 12, 2006 6:43 am

If they have found a source for Vietmanese high fin white clouds, then it could be possible the "S" word fish could be next! :idea:



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Post by Emma Turner » Thu Jan 12, 2006 10:02 am

That tank you are planning sounds wonderful, Jim.
I've got my fingers crossed that those 'S' fish turn up very soon! :D

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Post by Jim Powers » Thu Jan 19, 2006 8:43 pm

Well, I broke down and bought a few of these fish this week, and I sure am glad I did. They are beautiful little gems. In fact, their scientific name is Tanichthys micagemmae. Micagemmae basically means "shiny gem" , and they are that.
I put them in temporarily with some Brilliant rasboras which are much larger fish. At first, the smaller male rasboras began chasing the white clouds and harassing them. I was very concerned. Then, suddenly all the male rasboras began chasing the big female rasboras, nudging them in the belly. The action was fast and furious. I never did see any spawning, but when everything settled down, the white clouds began to blend in with the rasboras. It seems their presence has made the rasbora school more active. They tend to keep together, above the rasbora school, but often just mingle. They really like swimming in the current and are displaying in typical white cloud manner today. The larger fins and brighter colors make them much more attractive than the regular Chinese white cloud. I hope to redo some of my tanks very soon and plan to move the rasboras to another tank and add more of these new white clouds to create a larger school.

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Post by sophie » Fri Jan 20, 2006 1:30 pm

photos please?
pretty please?
I'm an absolute sucker for white clouds...
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Post by Jim Powers » Fri Jan 20, 2006 1:49 pm

I'm working on that, Sophie. They are very quick and hard to photograph. The pics I have gotten so far are not as good as I would like.

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Post by Jim Powers » Sat Jan 21, 2006 10:07 pm

http://www.loachtank.com/displayimage.php?pos=-3280


Here is a pic of one of my Vietnames white clouds. Unfortunately, this pic doesn't quite show the true color intensity of this fish.

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Post by Martin Thoene » Sat Jan 21, 2006 10:08 pm

Found this Jim.....

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....absolutely gorgeous dahling! :D

Nice find.

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Post by sophie » Sun Jan 22, 2006 5:18 am

Martin Thoene wrote:Found this Jim.....

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dribble.
drool.
dribble.

now, if I had them in a tank with my ordinary white clouds, would they produce peculiar offspring or do they just <i>look</i> similar?

EEEEMMMMMMMAAAAAAA!!!!!! I want to come to Peterborough!
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Post by worton » Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:34 am

Sorry for going a little OT but what is this mysterious 'S' fish?

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Post by Martin Thoene » Sun Jan 22, 2006 8:13 am

The 'S' is Sewellia lineolata, which right now is The Holy Grail for Hillstream Loach enthusiasts.

http://forums.loaches.com/viewtopic.php?t=176

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Post by Jim Powers » Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:41 am

They would probably interbreed with regular white clouds since they are of the same genus.
And, if you look back at the top of this thread, Emma says she DOES have them.

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Post by sophie » Sun Jan 22, 2006 10:49 am

Jim Powers wrote:They would probably interbreed with regular white clouds since they are of the same genus.
And, if you look back at the top of this thread, Emma says she DOES have them.
I know, I know... so near, and yet so far...

same genus doesn't necessarily allow interbreeding, though, does it? Isn' "botia" th genus name? (for example)
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