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Thread: What is this?!

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    I'm a beginner and apparently so is the lady at my local fish store. I saw this little guy in a community tank and couldn't leave it. She said it was a "keely fish" but didn't know how to spell it. It's less than an inch long and super energetic. It's eyes are bright blue, it's chest is red, and all fins are lined with bright yellow. The strangest things about this fish are the fins... Anal fin much larger than the dorsal, and the pectoral fins are above it's head. I've been trying to get some good pictures, but he's way too fast for even the new iphone. Can anybody identify this for me?... Thanks in advance!

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    Another picture... Wish he'd slow down for a better one.
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    not 100% sure, but based on that pic and the 'name' it looks to be a "Killifish"

    or some variant of that

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    Looks like a Pacific Blue eye.

    Here is some information about them if I am right on the ID.
    Last edited by mommy1; 11-20-2012 at 05:12 AM.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad decisions.

    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    It's in the blue eye rainbow fish family - it's called a forktail rainbow or a Pseudomogil furcatus. They are great little fish - but they are way better in a school. I have 7 in my 29gal, 5 females and 2 males. You can tell the females from the males by looking at the pectoral fin - on the males it's yellow edged, making them look like they have horns, and the females are not. The females also have smaller, less colorful dorsal and anal fins.

    If you want more of them, and your lfs can't order them, I know you can get them at The Wet Spot Tropical Fish in Portland - they ship all over. Not sure where you are, but for me in Seattle the shipping is only $15 cuz they can go ground.

    Hope that helps!!

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    Oops sorry it's spelled "Pseudomugil" furcatus

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    great ID you two!

    just looked at that fish, very neat, cool and unique. I really enjoy that one!

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    that's definitely it!... thanks you so much for the help. Based on your descriptions, this is a male. I just saw him get excited by one of my tetras... he threw his pectoral fins up in front of his dorsal fin and had a yellow mohawk from nose to tail. So cool.

    I'll definitely try to find a couple more.

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    Yeah the boys are really fun to watch when they get all fired up! I love them - they spend most of their time at the top of the water swimming tirelessly against the current, they love it. Get some girls in there and you'll really see some action by your little boy.

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    thanks again!...

    I was at another pet store today and saw a fish that was completely clear with bright blue eyes. The girls didn't know what it was, so they sold it to me as a tetra for 2 bucks... any ideas what this is?

    The rainbow wants nothing to do with her, but I did manage to grab this picture....
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