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Size in the wild vs. aquarium -- was: Re: Collecting fears.......

Hi Josh, All,

I have always been interested in the size differences between aquarium
specimens and wild fish.  Usually aquarium specimens grow much larger than
the natural animal.  Continual food is often the factor most cited.  Pupfish
species are a prime example of this.  Aquarium raised specimens are often
reported to be twice the size of the wild fish.

Can you offer a source for you information on wild tiger barb size?  I find
that interesting, and atypical.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Josh Wiegert <jwiegert at nexus_v-wave.com>
To: nfc at actwin_com <nfc at actwin_com>
Date: Monday, August 31, 1998 9:46 PM
Subject: Re: Collecting fears.......

>I'm quite serious.  A wild tiger barb will get to 6-8".  Think about
>Guppies for another example.  A fancy guppy is about "normal" size, while
>the runtling feeders (terribly inbred without care for, well, anything)
>only reaches the tiny size of 1.5", at best...  Thats probably a better
>example than my barb, but the barbs are just so amazing.
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>On Mon, 31 Aug 1998, D. Martin Moore wrote:
>> >
>> > How big have you EVER seen a Tiger Barb get?  I think I see them at
>> > 3" or so, max, in the pet shop.  In the wild, these guys will get to
>> > and are incredibly beautiful at that size.  Due to inbreeding, they've
>> No way!  Is this for real?  I thought 3" was a big tiger.
>> Prost,
>> Martin