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  1. #1

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    I was just at a local fish store and they had a cool looking very Bala Shark like fish with red fins. It was obviously a juvenile, maybe 4 or 5 inches long.

    They told me it was a Lemon Barb but that doesn't seem correct. I did a google image search on Lemon Barbs just now and what comes up looks way too much like a Tinfoil Barb. The body shape is completely different. It did have the same red fins as the picture, even more vibrant actually, but it was the body shape of a juvenile Bala Shark.

    Could it get that much fatter as it grows? Is that ID correct?

    (I know questioning the store's fish ID seems odd but this is a store that I once had to explain to them the difference between a SAE and a false SAE)

    Lemon Barb:



    Bala Shark: (it was this body shape, but with the fin coloring of the above)

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    Frankly i googled lemon barb and it looks like that to me. if not, Tinfoil barb? They get really big too.
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    The picture is from google. I'm saying it doesn't look like that one, but more like a juvenile Bala Shark but with red fins on the bottom.

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    The only barbs I have seen with red fins and sleek bodies are the golden barb, and the torpedo barb. The tin foil has nice red fins but a thicker body as you said.
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    Even a bad cellphone picture would have been a help.

    In general anything "shark" like tends to ask for a big tank, 4 ft is bare minimum for the smallest species.

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    It might be Barbodes pierrei?
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    Barbodes pierrei get really big like 30 cm. I hope the lfs wouldn't sell something like that.
    It does have reddish fins though but a deep body.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strider199 View Post
    Barbodes pierrei get really big like 30 cm. I hope the lfs wouldn't sell something like that.
    It does have reddish fins though but a deep body.
    Yeah the deep body thing is what throws me.
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    I guess you and I will have to keep searching, hehehe.
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    One more shot how, Barbus guirali? Or it could be Cyclocheilichthys janthochir with the narrower body.
    Last edited by steeler58; 08-09-2013 at 08:32 PM.
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