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Need a Rainbow fish ID please

A few months ago I purchased a group of (mostly) mature rainbow fish from a local hobbyist who could no longer care for them. It was quite a varied group, and since I had not kept rainbows before the seller wrote out a list of the different breeds (or strains?) for me. Of course I have since lost that list and for the life of me I can't remember what kind of rainbow this is in the photo below with the red arrow pointing to it. Can some kind soul please tell me what it is?

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No pic...hmm, that's strange, because when I click on the post I see the photo. Oh well, thank you @Greggz for pointing this out! I will try again:



Bump: Ok, now I don't see any photo at all showing up. One more try:

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OK I can see it now.

Tough call base on the picture, as it does not show much detail.

Based on the shape, likely a Glossolepis. Can't see the markings too clearly, and guessing it's pretty small maybe two inches. Will be easier when it develops more color and you can get a clearer picture.

First guess would be G. Dorityi. Here's one of mine of a similar size. Does it show the red stripes developing?



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Gregs probably right. Ill go with glossolepis wanamensis, probably a female by fin shape. It looks old enough that there should be some defining characteristics in both fin shape and color intensity.
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Thanks @DaveKS and @Greggz! I know my photo is not the best quality, but this fish really is very washed out in terms of color compared to the other bows. Posted 2 more pics to demonstrate the ambiguity of this guy's coloring:

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Might be a late bloomer....or a female.

So give it some time, and the picture is still pretty blurry.

Here is a Dorityi at about 1.5" no color yet.....



Here is the same fish 7 months later and about 3".



The one I posted earlier is about midway between these two. So give it some time, still might be a real keeper.
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Females on a lot of rainbows are fairly drab compared to males.

This is good resource for ID.

Melanotaeniidae and Pseudomugilidae
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OK I can see it now.

Tough call base on the picture, as it does not show much detail.

Based on the shape, likely a Glossolepis. Can't see the markings too clearly, and guessing it's pretty small maybe two inches. Will be easier when it develops more color and you can get a clearer picture.

First guess would be G. Dorityi. Here's one of mine of a similar size. Does it show the red stripes developing?

Beautiful fish
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