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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-16-2018, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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What Kind of Fish is This

I got this fish the other day when searching for an SAE. I didn't think it looked quite right but I thought it might be the lighting in the store. Now, I am quite sure its not an SAE. Does anyone know what this is?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-16-2018, 10:59 PM
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one of many forms of rasbora?
Perhaps matching this one?
https://www.google.com/search?q=rasb...3q3iJB9DargJM:
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fish on left is a sae and the other is a rabora


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The one on the right is a buenos aires tetra. But im not sure the other is an SAE. It doesnt have any barbels, and its dorsal and pelvic fins run almost the whole length of its body. Also, it hasn't shown any interest in the algae on my plants, just flake food.
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Looks like a young female Madagascar rainbow to me
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These are some SAE at about 2 years old. These guys are great. There are a lot of close looking fish including the Chinese algae eater and flying fox. I am not sure what you have there

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Looks like a young female Madagascar rainbow to me
That would be my guess too.


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fish on left is a sae and the other is a rabora

Classic example of, "If you don't know, don't talk just to sound smart." Literally none of what this person says is correct.

The fish you're worried about is a Madagascar Rainbow, Bedotia madagascariensis. It looks very skinny and not in the best shape, and it's probably hard to tell if a male or female from just the photo. Lots of red in the unpaired fins (dorsal, anal, caudal mainly) usually means it's a male. Enjoy the rainbow, but you'll need something else for the algae

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For algae, get nerite snails. Guaranteed algae control, almost 0 bio-load, and neat shells.


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For algae, get nerite snails. Guaranteed algae control, almost 0 bio-load, and neat shells.
My nerites are basically poop factories, but I find it's far easier to clean up their poop than to clean the algae. I highly recommend them for small or large tanks. They spend their time scooting along the glass/leaves/wood, picking up algae and leaving a trail of eggs (that can't hatch in freshwater) and poop.
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