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Hitchhiker fish ID

I found lots of these fry during my fishless cycle and 5 made it to adult. They are a little larger than Neons. Very quick. I was thinking a Danio???
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some sort of rainbowfish, maybe. It looks a bit like a giant danio in overall shape, but the fins and pattern are different.


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Fry while doing fishless cycle?! Wow magic fish appear out of nowhere! O_____O
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+1 For rainbows
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+2 for rainbows. They look like they have the "extra" fin that pretty much defines rainbow fish.

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how did you get hitchikers during a fishless cycle?! MAGIC?!?!?!

That's awesome because they're pretty cool looking though!


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Hirchhiker fish

I wish I knew which plant supplier they came from I would get more plants!
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Hirchhiker fish

I wish I knew which plant supplier they came from I would get more plants!
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Wow...all I ever get are snails and algae. I envy you!

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lucky duck, +3 on rainbows... I would be careful abput adding other fish depending on how many you have until you ID them.


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Yiikes!!

I have 5 regular corys which keep getting fatter and fatter and about 6 white cloud minnows, a bunch of RCS thrown in for algae control and a lone bloodfin tetra from another tank. Plus about 3 large amano shrimp It is a 30 long so I guess I got too much in there now??
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amazing! I agree with a rainbow species and there must have been eggs on the plants you ordered and som of those eggs must have hatched into the fry you encountered and have grown up into these adults. I assume you fishless cycled this with lots of plants?
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Fishless

Yes I ordered from 3-4 people, some swap and shop and some distributors. My husband said a couple months ago , what kind of fish did I put in. I told him I had no fish. He said, you have a ton of tiny fish! He was right!
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Rainbows often scatter tiny eggs into plants, so I guess you lucked out!

They're great fish - more personality than tetras, but not mean like cichlids.
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A similar thing happened to me! I was fishless cycling my old 5G aquarium after a month or two of it sitting unused and after a couple of weeks of fishless cycling 8 baby Zebra Danios appeared! They're currently alive and well in my 20G.

Congrats on the free fish!
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