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[Killietalk] re: ricefish
thanks Wright, I had already dismissed the celebensis from the photos I had found but I'll do some more searching and see if maybe the photos were incorrect that I had run across. I had assumed the eggs hatched on the fish, not on a mop/plant. that could be a problem because I had been adding baby mystery snails to the tank as well since I thought the eggs were not obtainable by the snails but from your info, I screwed up. I'll have to try and get all the snails out asap so I can get some babies. Several of the fish had eggs when I purchased them but they disappeared in transit so they are likely lost. I have not seen anymore eggs since they were added to their tank but several are fairly fat so maybe I can get the snails out before they spawn. thanks again, Kyle
It is likely that you have *Oryzias celebensis*. If so, they have a set
of lines in the tail that are different from most others. They radiate,
parallel to the fin rays. As I recall, there are four black lines. They
are a particularly attractive Medaka, IMHO. Otherwise, they look a lot
like *Procatopus aberrans*, with the same blue-green irridescence when
seen in side light.
The late Col. Scheel wasn't a member of the esteemed AZ club. I believe
they may have some of his older writings on their site, tho.
No need to srip eggs. They hang from the female and are fertilized,
there. Then she finds suitable plants or mops to deposit them for
Medakas are considered "honorary killies" because they are so similar
many of our Lampeyes. Neil Foster taught me that the only real
difference is that their ancestry as a Silverside means that the eggs
have radically different vascularization than any true killifish. For
years, they were considered to be killies, until they were found to be
more closely related to Rainbows and Blue-Eyes.
Enjoy. You will not be drummed out of AKA if you like them. :-)
Wright Huntley - Rt. 001 Box K36, Bishop CA 93514 -
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