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Re: J. Floridae

They do seem to be a pretty hardy species, but don't acquire them without 

I asked a lfs (Petco) if they could order in a few. 4 males came in. I took 
all four home, though a few didn't look too good. One particuarly, had nearly 
all fins missing and had a ruddy looking color. I thought they were being 
picked on in the tank by the more active sailfin mollys.  I believe they may 
have been wild-caught? because they wouldn't eat a morsel of flake, which a 
few females, who I obtained a few months earlier, did.

They were in quarantine for a while. My quarantine tank was not able to 
handle the fish load of 4 of these heavy-bodied guys, and I was removing 
them, as their fins appeared to heal, 1 by 1. The 4th guy was eventually 
euthanized, since he just continued to decline.

The disease seemed to spread. They will appear bloated, or have pale spots. 
Eventually another lost most of his fins. Having been in the community tank 
for a while, I left him go, since he managed to learn to swim quite well as 
he was, and didn't seem to be suffering in any way. At the time, there was 
some discussion on list about TB, and I euthanized him. I have 2 of these 
males left. 1 still looks suspicious, with some paler streaks through his 
body looking at one side (profile), and on this side he also has a perpetual 
eye cloud.

I think this is probably the exception, rather than the rule. I think the 
fact that they are hardy just means if they carry a disease, they can live a 
bit longer than another fish which will drop over much sooner.

On the brighter side of things, I found that my females adopted a rather 
amusing behavior while they were stuck in a 20-gallon tank with Those 
Breeding Rams. After getting attacked for a while, they learned to just *play 
dead* when attacked. I have to admit, the first few times I saw this, I would 
have swore they were goners. Even though they've been removed from that tank 
when the aggression was noticed, they've hung on to this trick.  When another 
fish gets a little too close, or appears threatening, the female FF will hang 
vertically in the water, motionless and appear dead, until the attacker (or 
not) goes away.  They don't do this with the male FF, though. 


> Ask your LFS to try another supplier.  FFF are an inexpensive, native
>  species to the US.  Unlike so many other fish in aquaria, they  are not
>  inbred so they have high disease resistance.  Don't forget to tell the LFS
>  guy their scientific name.