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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-07-2010, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for X. variatus, locally...

Anyone know of a good local source for X. variatus? Not the stubby-looking maculatus platy, but the longer, more elegant, variatus. I believe all the platy I have seen are macs...
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-07-2010, 09:33 PM
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My local PetSmart sometimes carries something they call a variatus. They do look slimmer than the normal platies, but I don't think there's any chance that they aren't at least partially hybridized. You might try looking at one near you.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-08-2010, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, I realize there is no way of being certain they are pure variatus, I just like the look better than the squat macculatus.
It has been a while since I have been in a Petsmart...their switch to tubed 'live plants' really ticked me off.
I'll give them a try.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-13-2010, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Nope, no good. Petsmart appears to carry more maculatas influenced platies. I don't care for their stunted appearance.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-13-2010, 07:44 PM
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Did you talk to the person in charge of the fish section? They may be able to order some, even if they weren't carrying them. (They have them listed on their website, so it seems like they would be available to order.) And since they're platies it seems they would still sell well, so it wouldn't be a crazy thing to ask them . . .

You might be able to call and ask to talk to someone, if it would be annoying to go back to the store.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-27-2010, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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I have found some local shops that have varieties I like!
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-09-2010, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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I'll be getting some from PetStop in BA after gaining store credit through my baby leopard cories...
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-19-2010, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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PetSmith's in Bixby has some really nice male hi-fin platies that are predominantly variatus in appearance...they also currently have pygmy cories and sparkling gourami!
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