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Tsartetra 10-07-2010 07:04 PM

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... :help:

Jadelin 10-07-2010 09:33 PM

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.

Tsartetra 10-08-2010 05:23 PM

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. :angryfire
I'll give them a try.

Tsartetra 10-13-2010 04:58 PM

Nope, no good. Petsmart appears to carry more maculatas influenced platies. I don't care for their stunted appearance.

Jadelin 10-13-2010 07:44 PM

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.

Tsartetra 10-27-2010 08:02 PM

I have found some local shops that have varieties I like!

Tsartetra 11-09-2010 07:57 PM

I'll be getting some from PetStop in BA after gaining store credit through my baby leopard cories...:icon_cool

Tsartetra 11-19-2010 06:33 PM

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! :drool:

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