Hullo All :-)
I recently aquired 3 Rhadinocentrus ornatus, which I have set up in a 20 =
long (30"L) that is moderately planted with Java Fern, Hornwort, and =
some floating Pennywort. The fish are active, eating a variety of foods =
and seem to be fairly colored up.
I know one is for sure a male: nice color, esp in the fins, and these =
are long and pointed.
I also see that one is a female: very little color with clear fins that =
are short and rounded-off.
The third is a mystery to me: it has some (but not lots) color on both =
body and fins, but these fins are short and rounded. It is very close in =
size to the other two -- about 2" SL.
The question: do female R. ornatus get color (red in this case) in their =
fins, or do you think that this is a male whose fins haven't grown out =
all the way yet?
I am also eager to get any tips, info, comments, etc on keeping and =
(most importantly) breeding this fish. They are currently being housed =
in our soft Portland tapwater, and I have added 2 large-grape-sized =
chunks of crushed coral to keep the pH from bottoming out. The pH stays =
at or near neutral in all the tanks to which I have added these coral =
chunks, and the hardness is low-moderate. Temps in that tank are high =
70s F (room is heated and it does vary slightly with our changes in =
weather right now).=20
Thanks in advance for the info! :-)
PS: So, Wright, does this mean you will be at WCW? ;-) Good. I may get =
to meet you then! :-)
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