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Hi, Chris -
In answer to your query about F. gardneri N'sukka. I've had the strain
for more than 6 years, and find a great deal of variability in the
coloration and finnage on this species. The base color may vary from nearly
navy to baby blue to an almost greenish tinge, depending on individual,
lighting, foods fed, and the individual's feelings at any given time. Caudal
edges vary from nearly white to bright yellow, to pale blue, with some
individuals sporting one edge of one color, and the other of a second (blue
and white, yellow and pale blue, etc.) This seems to be normal variability.
(My personal preference is for the blue edge markings).
I also occasionally get an "off-color" individual - body colors "muddy",
or patterns broken, "ugly", or atypical. Like those with conformation faults
(bent spines, snub noses, etc.) I cull these.
When breeding, I either gather eggs from a "colony" tank, or select the
overall best, most robust individuals for spawning in a smaller tank.
Whatever their invidual characteristics, I find these nice, up front
fish that are hardy and fairly prolific.
Best - donna
----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Browning" <fisher25000 at yahoo_com>
To: <Killietalk at aka_org>
Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2002 11:17 PM
> I have a slight problem. About 3 months ago, I purchased some Gardneri
N'Sukka eggs, 4 fry are still alive and fully colored up(4 males :(, I
thought I had 2 male and 2 female but 2 were just late in coloring up, and
oddly enough there are 2 types of colors). I don't believe they are N'Sukka,
they look nothing at all like the one on the AKA site, 2 of them resemble
this http://www.aka.org/AKA/Gallery/Fpanchax/garLacus.JPG but their body is
a lighter blue, and the other 2 look the same but with yellow fin tips
instead of light blue. Anyone have a clue what I have here? Light blue body,
light red spots, 2 have light blue bars on the tips of their anal, caudal,
and dorsal fins and the other 2 have yellow instead of light blue. I would
be more descriptive but I went to the optometrist today to see if I needed
glasses and they dialated my pupils and I can't focus on anything closer
than 2 feet(good thing I know my keyboard quite well :) Can't pick eggs from
my mops though :( ).
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