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Puntius vittatus and Puntius bimaculatus

 
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 2:24 pm Post subject: Puntius vittatus and Puntius bimaculatus Reply with quote

 Mayur  and  madhu  caught  a  few  Puntius  vittatus  and  Puntius  bimaculatus  on  Sunday's  trip  to  Kunigal  lake.
 
 I  wanted  a  few  P  vittatus,  and  of  the  6,  5  survived  the  quarantine.
 
 I  was  also  quarantining  the  P  bimaculatus  for  mayur.
 Today  I  called  Mayur  and  usurped  all  the  fish.  Chuckle,  the  bimaculatus  has  surprised  me,  it's  the  first  time  I  am  keeping  this  fish.
 
 The  body  is  silvery  with  one  bright  Red  stripe  running  the  length  of  the  lateral  side.  The  fish  looks  beautiful.
 
 I  have  seen  pics  of  bimaculatus  where  the  whole  body  is  yellow  with  a  red  stripe,  but  this  is  definitely  not  the  case  with  the  wild  caught.
 After  comparing  the  P  bimaculatus  and  the  wild  caught  Rosy  barbs  at  Talakkad  and  the  same  fish  available  for  sale  at  LFS  with  a  completely  yellow  body  or  an  orangish  yellow  body,  I  am  now  sure  even  these  simple  fish  are  being  dyed  to  improve  their  sales.
 
 The  P  bimaculatus  have  been  in  my  tank  for  a  few  hours  now,  and  are  only  just  beginning  to  show  their  colors,  I'll  post  pics  after  a  few  days,  when  they  have  settled  down  if  I  do  manage  to  photograph  them.
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 3:04 pm Post subject: Re: Puntius vittatus and bimaculatus Reply with quote

 Freshly  collected  P.  bimaculatus  are  very  different  from  the  farm  raised  fish  we  see  in  the  hobby,  as  is  pretty  much  any  other  barb.  
 
 You'll  see  the  colours  on  these  fish  fade  in  a  couple  of  generations  as  well,  unless  you  cull  heavily  and  only  use  the  best  fish  as  broodstock.
 
 One  of  my  all  time  favourite  barbs,  though   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 12:21 pm Post subject: Re: Puntius vittatus and Puntius bimaculatus Reply with quote

 Got  2  bimaculatus  and  2  vittatus  swimming  with  my  Uarus.   Both  the  bimacs  have  the  red  line  and  an  orage  blotch  on  the  gills.
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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 12:28 pm Post subject: Re: Puntius vittatus and Puntius bimaculatus Reply with quote

 Lets  see  'em  pics.  Smile
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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 12:31 pm Post subject: Re: Puntius vittatus and Puntius bimaculatus Reply with quote

 Yup.....  I've  gotta  photographer  heading  my  way  this  weekend...  would  share  all  the  pics  on  monday  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 12:38 pm Post subject: Re: Puntius vittatus and Puntius bimaculatus Reply with quote

 Madan  and  Madhu,  the  red  stripe  will  fade  when  they  are  not  in  a  good  mood  and  also  with  higher  water  temperature  and  harder  /  high  pH  water.
 
 One  of  the  swift  fishes  that  is  difficult  to  photograph.
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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 12:42 pm Post subject: Re: Puntius vittatus and Puntius bimaculatus Reply with quote

 Shankar,
 I  don't  think  temperature  and  pH  has  much  effect  on  them  as  i  have  them  in  well  water  and  they  do  display  the  red  even  now  where  my  tanks  are  in  lower  30s.   But  they  do  change  it  as  per  mood  and  i  see  them  in  best  colors  when  they  freak  out  on  BW.   Their  base  color  itself  seem  to  chage  from  a  greyish  silver  to  golden  yellow  according  to  their  mood.
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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 12:42 pm Post subject: Re: Puntius vittatus and Puntius bimaculatus Reply with quote

 Waiting  for  pics!
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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 1:01 pm Post subject: Re: Puntius vittatus and Puntius bimaculatus Reply with quote

 I  was  talking  in  lines  of  32+.  Mine  not  that  bright  as  they  were  during  last  rains  and  winter.
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