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Re: spotted bullheads

I'm not sure the deeply-forked tail description for the spotted 
bullhead is accurate.  Bullheads generally have unforked or 
shallowly-forked tails.  That's a key way to tell them from some 
other cats, like blue cats and channel cats.  There's a photo of the 
spotted bullhead at http://www.nanfa.org/magazine/breedin1.htm

And another fish store name I've seen for red shiners is emerald 
dace, and at a bargain price of only 8.99 each!

Jay DeLong

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Moontanman at aol_com <Moontanman at aol_com>
> >The fish in question have rounded tails top and bottom, flat across the
> end,
> >they are nice looking fish, very aggressive.  I was told they wouldn't get
> >more than 3" long, they were about 2" long when I bought them.
> Then, according to the one reference I do have available, they ain't spotted
> bullheads, which should have a deeply forked tail. Is their adipose fin (on
> the back behind the dorsal fin) distinctly separate from their tail fin or
> fused (or nearly fused) to it? Most bullheads get much bigger than 3". Are
> you familiar with madtoms?
> Another possibility: coming from an aquarium store they may not be bullheads
> at all. There are more families of catfish than you can shake a stick at,
> especially in South America. I don't want to insult your local store owner
> (who may be quite competent), but as you probably know the names they stick
> on animals are sometimes pretty funny. Among my favorites were the red
> shiners being sold as Asiatic fire barbs.
> Any chance of photographing the beasties?
> Later.
> Ed Matheson