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RE: Fp. gardneri "Makurdi Red"
About a month and half ago I picked up a GAR Makurdi "Red" at my club
auction. What I found so striking was that it had lime green unpaired fins
with yellow tips and there was actually no red in the posterior part of the
body. Rather than the normal blue sides, The color started out as a lighter
blue fading towards the tail to an almost violet hue. The fish was striking.
I bid for it and won as some of the older wiser members just ordered some
from the fellow who brought the fish to auction.
I did not give it another thought until the last meeting when the fellows
who had ordered their fish asked me whether mine was still so yellow. I
assured them that except for a few more red spots on the anterior part of
the body that it was. They appeared genuinely disappointed. When they showed
me the fish they had just received, they were much bluer, and had a great
deal of red along their entire sides and looked much more like the
conventional GAR "Misage". Whereas mine looks something like a cross between
a golden gardneri and a "Misage" if you can picture that. I could really
understand the cause for their disappointment.
So what happened? Is there more than one morph of the "Makurdi"? As in
yellow and red? Do they throw some of each? I would tend to think that if
there is a "red" there should be something else. Is there anyone out there
familiar with this fish?
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