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 Post subject: Blue Obliquidens update
PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 8:22 am 
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Big Jim sent me 9 blue obliquidens about a year ago. I ended up with 7 males and 2 females. The first time they bred, the female didn't hold to term. Then they bred a second time in early June. I isolated the holding female to a 15 gallon tank but went on vacation for two weeks. I told my son to feed nothing until be saw fry. But one day he saw 3 fry, the next day none, the next day tons of fry and again the next day none. So remembering my advise; "It's better to under feed than over feed" he fed them nothing. When I came home .... no fry.

The dominant male is pretty aggressive and now quite a bit larger than the others, so I moved all the other males to another tank yesterday morning leaving only a trio in the 55 gallon tank. They bred that afternoon and I moved the holding female to another tank last night. I have my fingers crossed that I will finally have a little colony going.

This is really an interesting fish. The sub dominant males bear very little resemblance to the dominant male. I'll have to get some pictures up so you can see them. The sub dominant males show some red on the body where the dominant male does not.

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 Post subject: Re: Blue Obliquidens update
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I look forward to pics, and thanks for telling us how keeping them is going :D


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 Post subject: Re: Blue Obliquidens update
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This is really an interesting fish. The sub dominant males bear very little resemblance to the dominant male. I'll have to get some pictures up so you can see them. The sub dominant males show some red on the body where the dominant male does not.

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I have the same coloring with my breeders.

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Dominant male below
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My sub-dom. males have more orange on the chest area, less on the head.

I did notice a change in the color of mine when I changed the lights. I had much less red or orange with a blue tent light. When I had a sun light they had much more orange to them.

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