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Diamond Tetras AND/OR Blue Cochu Tetras anyone?

 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 12:58 pm Post subject: Diamond Tetras AND/OR Blue Cochu Tetras anyone? Reply with quote

 Hello  everyone!
 
 Is  anyone  on  IAH  the  proud  keeper  of    Diamond  Tetras  and/or  Blue  Cochu  Tetras.  There  are  ofcourse  many  such  species  that  I  have  never  seen  in  scales  and  blood,  but  have  been  yearning  to  see  these  in  particular  for  a  long  long  time  now!  Do  let  me  know  if  you  could  offer  me  the  privilege!  Would  travel  miles  to  see  them!
 
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 Hi  Nishant,
 I  am  just  curious  to  know..  what  makes  them  so  special?
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 Diamond  tetras  (Moenkhausia  pittieri)  are  fairly  common...  you  should  be  able  to  find  them  wihtout  too  much  trouble  at  an  LFS.
 
 Blue/Cochu's  tetras  (Boehlkea  fredcochui)  might  be  a  bit  harder  to  track  down,  although  they  are  fairly  common  here  (US)  and  are  available  in  Singapore...  so  you  should  be  able  to  get  them  in  India  in  the  near  future.
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 Hi  Sen,
 
 Well,  besides  the  fact  that  I  am  a  tetra-nut  and  never  having  seen  any  one  of  those  makes  me  feel  they  are  rare  in  India  (you  know  what  they  say  about  how  humans  tend  to  desire  even  more  the  things  they  cannot  have)...  the  thing  I  have  heard  about  them  is  that  no  photo  does  true  justice  to  their  beauty  because  the  way  they  catch  the  light  is  amazing,  something  best  observed  when  watching  them  move  about.  Despite  that,  I  have  seen  a  few  lovely  photos...  so  that  makes  me  pretty  sure  they  must  look  GORGEOUS  in  live  shoals.
 
 Also,  Diamond  Tetras  are  considered  "not  hard  to  breed",  so  if  I  manage  to  lay  my  hands  on  them,  would  love  to  breed  them  and  rectify  their  "rarity"!
 
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 Thanks  Rahul,
 
 Maybe  Diamond  Tetras  are  just  not  very  popular  then?  (  wonder  why  though).  Will  scout  around  and  let  ya  know  if  successful.
 
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 Here  is  a  link  to  Blue  Tetras  :-
   http://members.lycos.co.uk/aquaworld/Characoidei/American/Boehlkea_fredcochui.htm
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 Links  to  some  lovely  pictures  of  the  two  tetras...  Do  click  on  the  thumbnails  to  enlarge  the  pics.
 
 Diamond  Tetras:
 http://www.akwafoto.pl/baza.php?view3=gatunek&gat=00182
 Blue  Cochu's  Tetras:
 http://www.akwafoto.pl/baza.php?view3=gatunek&gat=00408
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nishantvats  wrote:                
Thanks  Rahul,
 
 Maybe  Diamond  Tetras  are  just  not  very  popular  then?  (  wonder  why  though).  Will  scout  around  and  let  ya  know  if  successful.
 
 Regards,
 Nishant                

 
 All  the  fish  I've  seen  in  stores  thus  far  have  been  wild  caught  (to  the  best  of  my  knowledge)  and  they  look  like  colorless  cardinal  tetras  in  the  average  store  tank...  you  really  have  to  give  them  a  planted  tank  with  the  right  lighting  to  see  their  true  colours.
 
 Colourless  fish=avg  buyer  not  interested=uncommon  fish.
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