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    All that glitters...

    When it comes to selecting fish as potential breeders I find it really helps to look for negatives, "That ones got a misshapen fin", "I don't like the body shape of this one", and so on. I find taking this negative approach makes it easier to part with fish.
    About a year ago I was sorting through some "Manu Nanus", my nickname for my silvers that have both Manacapuru and Rio Nanay fish in their their bloodline. There was one fish with a fair amount of glitter, but it was markedly smaller than most of it's siblings, so I took it to my shop and almost immediately regretted my decision. So instead of going on sale, it went into a display tank where he's been ever since. Over that time he's grown but is still very small for his age, but despite his size, or possibly because of it, he's a feisty and belligerent individual, not afraid to take on others much bigger than himself.
    I took these photos of him a couple of days ago....






    ...and have subsequently decided that with that much glitter, it's worth seeing if I can pair him up with a good sized female and hopefully get some better sized offspring which retain the colouration. So he got a reprieve and came home to a breeding tank.

    Given his small size and aggressive attitude, I've named him Napoleon.

    As an aside, has anyone else noticed a correlation between size (or at least growth rate) and guanine production? Paraibas for example, in my experience tend to be slower growing than their non paraiba siblings, and I get the impression that those with the best colouration tend to grow the slowest.
    Last edited by Pterophyllum; 01-21-2019 at 06:41 PM.
    Blessed are the cheesemakers!

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    ..pretty angel....as for size....my Rio negro crosses produce some smaller females...but the males seem unaffected in size.....the females do seem to have more glitter coverage.....so I think you may be on to something....

    ..but the F2's have much bigger females in comparison, and very good glitter coverage is retained.....?.....the crosses were to Manacapuru's....
    Jon
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    my Rio negro crosses produce some smaller females
    This is definitely a male, his breeding tube was down the other day.
    Blessed are the cheesemakers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pterophyllum View Post
    This is definitely a male, his breeding tube was down the other day.
    ...did he pair up?
    Jon
    He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which.
    - Douglas Adams

    http://www.mugwump-fish-world.com/index.php

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    ...did he pair up?
    Sadly not yet. I tried him with a couple of different females and both just beat him up. I'll try him again when I have a suitable younger/smaller partner for him.
    Blessed are the cheesemakers!

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    ..I've waited with some males too.....it can be karma fantastic when it just .....works....
    Jon
    He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which.
    - Douglas Adams

    http://www.mugwump-fish-world.com/index.php

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