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Hitchhiker - Fish?

So I have had my son's 10G set up for a couple of months now. Went natural dirted, heavily planted, etc. As for livestock we have introduced thus far, we have only put in some cherry red shrimp and some snails. We've been taking it slow as I'm trying to show my son that patience is a virtue in this hobby (which I wish I would have known a long time ago). Anyhow, this evening as we are observing the tank I see something dart to the back of the tank. Definitely not a shrimp or snail! After not being able to see what it was we come back a few minutes later to see a tiny fish swimming around. He is shaped like a tetra with a horizontal black stripe, maybe a quarter of an inch long total (probably smaller). My son claims he saw a second one later on but I haven't been able to verify nor grab a picture. I was aware shrimp and other worms / parasites / etc. could hitchhike but wasn't aware of fish? Anyone experience this before?
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Where did you get the plants from? Could have been some fish eggs on the leaves. really cool. I've never had that happen

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try taking a video of it.
and no never had a fry, but very often snails lol
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sounds like possibly least killie
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I had that happen to some plants I shipped in the past. Apparently my rainbowfish dropped eggs in my mat of riccia and a couple of the eggs made it from Charlotte to California in a flat rate box (maybe 4 days?).
Just make sure whatever fish it is that it doesn't have the taste for shrimp haha.
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I will definitely post a picture or video when I can spot the fish. I got the plants from aquariumplants.com this time. We are excited to see what this turns into...my son was really happy. Amazing what nature can do!
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sounds like possibly least killie
While possible, I'd imagine it would be more likely for an egg to hitchhike on a plant than a fry...
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Hmm how strange, look on the bright side you got a free fish!
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I got 2 very small fry this way when i got ghost shrimp from the LFS a few weeks ago. Waiting for them to get a bit bigger to id. They are either guppies or mollies.

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I was able to get a couple of quick pics of the mystery fish this morning. Took us an awfully long time to spot him! I couldn't get a great zoom so ID will probably be tough. I'll try and get a better close up later. Thanks for everyone's input!

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I assume it's the little dude with the black stripe running down the side, right?

It's TINY! Do you have any micro food to feed it?


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I read the ultimate fish hitchhiker story a while back... Someone bought an anemone for their saltwater tank (huge one, really expensive) and when they got it home they found a pair of platinum clownfish in it (which were a few hundred bucks each at the time, at least)... He took the clownfish back, but that's quite an expensive error.

Hitchhiker fish are cool, but sadly that's rare in FW. In saltwater there are all kinds of crazy hitchhikers.
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I had 20 ricefish "appear" in my tank once. They must have had eggs attached to some plants. It happens.
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I was able to get a couple of quick pics of the mystery fish this morning. Took us an awfully long time to spot him! I couldn't get a great zoom so ID will probably be tough. I'll try and get a better close up later. Thanks for everyone's input!

Wait a sec, I know those... I've seen them in my local fish store.

It's some kind of gourami IIRC. I think they stay really small like that. Maybe I'm mistaking about the size and maybe other fish look similar to that, but it's exactly resembling what I saw.
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