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AUS "chocolate free" Colors
A australe is common among killis. As I wanted to try these fishes and
that this specie was sold at my LFS, i bought two "chocolate" pairs 9
months ago. They are doing finely in my communautary, well planted, low
populated and soft watered tank. I see them spawning on a regular basis
in the various plants, roots and algae. I never saw any fry, the
environnemental pressure might be two high with other fishes, Cardinia
shrimps and a few snails two.
Last week, as i wanted to add color to my tank, i bought a trio of
unlabeled "golden" AUS. I lurked in the killi sites on the web, but
found no way to determine if my new fishes are gold, or orange or
I know that these fishes have tank bred selectionned colors and that
they are not pure fishes, but i'm curious to know of which color they
I found three colors on the web, gold, orange and/or yellow (I'm not
sure if yellow is different of orange).
The photos i've seen on the killi.net show males that keep the central
part of the caudal fin brown or light brown for the gold and the yellow
forms. I did not manage to find a clear difference betwween the two
My male is already different, the centerpart of the caudal is very light
orange, the body is orange with a few tiny red spots.
For the females, the body is pale orange, one has tiny red spots and the
other has an uniform color with no spots. They are very translucides so
i can see the eggs under the swimming bladder and behind the bowels.
I'll be pleased if anybody around here could help me.
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