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NFC: identy crisis (fwd)

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sun, 07 Feb 1999 20:08:08 -0600
From: Christy Bennett <christyb at tranquility_net>
To: nfc at actwin_com
Subject: identy crisis

    I enjoy raising and caring for my sunfish and bass, however I have 3
of which no matter what topic I search on I can't seem to identify
them.  I thought they were crappies, but the position of the dorsal fin
is wrong, as well as, the shape. I will do my best to describe them.
    They are a bluish black depending on the angle of light.  The shape
of the dorsal is same as the pics of blue gills I have managed to find,
keeping this in mind, on the rounded part of the dorsal is a black spot
where the rounded edge of the fin meets the body.  Also they do have the
characteristic black spot on the gill plate.  When hit just right by the
light they have vertical stripes to them, which seem to be fading as
they get older.
    Of the three one is still very small and more a silver with the
vertical black stripes and has yet to get the spot on the dorsal and the
spot on the gill plate seem to grow with the fishes' gill plate.  I have
had one of the bigger ones from the size of the smaller one.  Now the
lager ones have what seems to be an light blue stripe that follows the
lower lip? around to the bottom of the gill plates.

    Can you identify them?  I hope so.  They do seem to have the same
temperament as my longear sunfishes, in that they are very territorial
and feisty.  I thank you for your time and look forward to your response
to my query.