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They came and they are Gorgeous.

Discussion in 'Fish for Planted Tanks' started by Tug, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. Tug

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    I just received the two red lizard whiptails, shipped Saturday. Just a bag of water in a box and two little fish. I think they spent a lot of that time traveled in air-conditioned environments. The KH of the water they were shipped in tested at 3dKH (same as what's in my tank). It's still early, but they look happy. Yea, I couldn't wait to add them to the tank, once everything looked stable. :)
     
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    Are we going to get pictures?
     
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    Soon. Actually, now while they are little, they look a little like damselfly naiads. But, the way they drift around in the water is fun to watch.
     
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    I was just reading up on them, haven't seen them over in the UK, are they wild or captive bred?
     
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    Hi Gbark,
    Captive bred. Not sure if there are any wild L-10a varieties. I'm still reading up on them too.
     
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    They are fairly easy to bred, the fry might get eaten in a community tank though.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
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    This is what I was told by the seller, "As far as I know L-10a are a distinct wild-caught species fom SA. No one seems to know whether the red color is natural, but my guess is that it's a result of selective breeding like the super red Ancistrus." I also found this link by Sandor Tüllmann, http://www.planetcatfish.com/shanesworld/shanesworld.php?article_id=419

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    Right now they are more or less an inch long. I'll need to wait to see if the adults keep their markings and color.

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    Tug,

    Very nice....Best of luck with them....
     
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    It's still about 1" size? Then it can be male too.
    I only know I've a male when it grows bigger.
     
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    Hi nipat,
    Yea, one is over an inch, the browner one is under. The camera isn't great but does have a macro feature. What I really want is a better editing package. :D

    What color are your males/females when they grow out. I think I have the sexing all wrong based on color. I thought the female keeps her red color, but know I hear it might be the other way around. :confused:
     
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    I've only one and it's male (telling from the mustache) about 4 inches now:)
    The color is red. I hear that it's the female that will lose color, so confusing.
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    Do you feed yours anything special to keep that nice color? Astaxanthin?
     
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    Nothing special, just Hikari Sinking Wafers and Algae Wafers.
    I added NLS Surface Feeder into the mix lately too. But I think NLS
    has no color effect to it (and Corydoras) though. Maybe because I don't
    feed them NLS exclusively.
     
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