[RML] Questions regarding Rhadinocentrus

bowluvr (bowluvr at email.msn.com)
Tue, 13 Mar 2001 19:52:08 -0800

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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! :-)
Julie <><

PS: So, Wright, does this mean you will be at WCW? ;-) Good. I may get =
to meet you then! :-)

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