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02-24-2012, 05:47 PM #1
Mystery fish or....
So...was at a LFS and noticed they had this monster 18" fish in one of the tanks. Originally I thought it was a carp, except for the red fins. The store claims it is a rainbow shark. I really had no idea they could be such monsters. The scales were the size of dimes. I am going to try and go back this weekend and get a picture to confirm. I still can't believe it.
Anyone know anything else it might have been? Big silvery/grey fish with red fins, 18" long, elongated body. Had one tiny whisker on each side of the mouth. Hard to tell what shape mouth as it looks like it had a run-in with a pane of glass or a rock a few years ago and its top jaw is really skewed.Who is "General Failure" and why is he reading my hard drive?
02-24-2012, 05:55 PM #2
a common barbel or related species perhaps?
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02-24-2012, 10:32 PM #3
I immediately thought about common rudd, or the common roach fish (fish in Europe) - both of which resemble carp. However, I don't think roach get 18'', and I don't know if either of them even have barbels. So I reckon I'm not helping out at all. Although, I've seen plenty of carp with orange/red fins, but they have more of a brown body color - not the silver like you describe.Support your local ichthyofauna - buy a fishing license!
02-24-2012, 10:55 PM #4
Could it have been a Redhorse sucker?
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02-25-2012, 04:28 AM #5
Very good suggestion, KF. Many Moxostoma get those nice red fins, but sucker species (family Catostomidae) have no barbels.
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