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All Clown keepers will find this interesting.....

Posted By: Martin Thoene <gkadar@sympatico.ca>
Date: Friday, 29 October 2004, at 2:59 p.m.

I got a private E-mail today from wicky pun, otherwise known as Cindy regarding her Clown Loaches.

I thought it was too good not to share and feel other's comments would be interesting to Cindy.

Here's the mail:

I hope that you don't mind a personal email as a follow-up to the
interesting article you posted on www.loaches.com

I am a new aquarium owner and am curious about the intense red seen on the
face, lateral line and along the dorsal edge of some of my clown loaches.
Have you seen something like this before? Do you think that it might also
reflect the order of dominance?

Thanks in advance for your input,
Cindy

Cindy included these pictures:

http://www2.2cah.com/coppermine/displayimage.php?album=6&pos=118

http://www2.2cah.com/coppermine/displayimage.php?album=6&pos=119

http://www2.2cah.com/coppermine/displayimage.php?album=6&pos=120

http://www2.2cah.com/coppermine/displayimage.php?album=6&pos=121

My own personal comments and observations are that because these fish have red/orange pelvic fins which normally indicate fish from Sumatra. Now allegedly fish from Kalimantan in Borneo have far more red in their overall coloration, but generally Borneo fish have black in their pelvic fins. Therefore, these fish exhibit certain traits that are at odds to the normally accepted indicators of origin.
We all know that there's tremendous variation in Clown colour from poulations originating from different areas. These must just be another variant, OR.....and I'm hoping that I'm wrong, have some artificially induced colour. It doesn't look like that though. If these fish get to grow bigger it will be most interesting to see how they mature.

Maybe we should call them Chromobotia macracanthus "Testa Rossa"? (Red Head).

Martin.
 

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