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PostSubject: some identification needed   Mon Jul 26, 2010 4:31 am

ok first look at this link

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fe/Alligator_Gar_6_Feet_129_lbs_Brazos_River_8_Nov_04a.jpg
that's an alligator gar, a primitive sea-dwelling fish.

some days back, i saw a weird fish at a local fish shop, looks somewhat like the pic above, but really tiny (and white)
the shop owner called it an "alligator fish". obviously that's not the real name.
i couldn't take a photo, but here's my description: three to four inches long, silvery white in colour, slightly transparent in some places, very little visible fins, tail is twice as tall as body, body shaped like a thin pipe, and a snout that's one inch long. (a quarter of the fish's length is its snout)

also, lfs owner says it will eat only live bloodworms and nothing else (no other food small enough to fit into its mouth/snout)

anyone knows what it's called? sorry i've not been able to take a photo Sad
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PostSubject: Re: some identification needed   Mon Jul 26, 2010 8:05 pm

sorry K i'v never seen anything like that so not able to help you - but will be intrested to know what it is when you find out mate

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PostSubject: Re: some identification needed   Mon Jul 26, 2010 8:15 pm

me too blimey its ugly
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PostSubject: Re: some identification needed   Mon Jul 26, 2010 8:37 pm

Well here's a pic of an alligator fiish =

http://www.landbigfish.com/fish/fish.cfm?ID=67

Apparently it grows to about 12 foot.

What size tank did you have again??

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PostSubject: Re: some identification needed   Tue Jul 27, 2010 12:29 am

nooooooooooooooooo noooooo noooooooooo

i already put up a link to the alligator gar!!!
and that was just for reference. the SHAPE of the tiny fish is like that. my friend kept telling me to buy it, over and over, but i said NO because it apparently eats only live bloodworms. and 99% of fish shops don't have live bloodworms for sale.

aren't there ANY fish store owners out there who have seen this fish?????? Sad Sad Sad
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PostSubject: Re: some identification needed   Tue Jul 27, 2010 12:47 am

I Would think it would be able to eat more than bloodworms.
its mouths not that small.

my mouths only small but I Can get a big box of chocolates in it..lol
sorry Kausthubh couldn't resist.

On saying that a smaller version type of fish.
that looks like that and maybe only does eat bloodworm?





RICH WHERE ARE YOU,???
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PostSubject: Re: some identification needed   Tue Jul 27, 2010 1:32 am

lol we need more people who've seen hundreds of types of weirdo fish

i wish i'd taken a goddamn picture
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PostSubject: Re: some identification needed   Sat Oct 30, 2010 8:44 pm

FOUND IT.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halfbeak

There are many species of Halfbeak; the one I saw was probably Dermogenys sumatrana
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PostSubject: Re: some identification needed   Sat Oct 30, 2010 9:14 pm

Got to confess k, I have never ever heard of that fish, let alone see pictures of it.

You did some good detective work there Smile

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PostSubject: Re: some identification needed   Sat Oct 30, 2010 9:54 pm

lol k well done
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PostSubject: Re: some identification needed   Sat Oct 30, 2010 9:58 pm

well sorted out K

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PostSubject: Re: some identification needed   Sat Oct 30, 2010 11:57 pm

And to think I was searching for an even weirder fish when I found the Halfbeak.

I saw this tiny pleco-kind of thing at crawford market... One inch long... it was climbing up the front glass of its tank. And it was WEIRD.
This is how it looked. I don't know how to describe it so I drew it.



I'm not too sure about the two hornlike things on its head, my memory is a bit of a blur Smile
The suckermouth has been drawn. Atleast I thought it was a suckermouth

And the big semi-circles are its fins, or something similar, and it moves up the glass by twisting its body halfway (the middle part where the upper pair of fins meet the lower pair).

Anyone seen one of these?
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PostSubject: Re: some identification needed   Sun Oct 31, 2010 4:40 am

laughing

Ok, now I dare anyone to name that fish!!

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PostSubject: Re: some identification needed   Sun Oct 31, 2010 7:58 am

That looks like the outline of a species of Hillstream Loach...Wink


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PostSubject: Re: some identification needed   Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:08 am

hillstream loach - aka banjo fish and many other names.

We get a species of halfbeak in our uk waters called a Garfish - ned a huge tank to keep those beauties Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: some identification needed   Sun Oct 31, 2010 9:48 pm

Garfish are available here in some of the LFSs. There's one place with a four-and-a-half-foot garfish, not for sale though Sad That place even had remoras (the things that attach themselves to sharks) shark

Thanks for the hillstream loach id- i'll be on the lookout for even weirder fish now.
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PostSubject: Re: some identification needed   Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:57 am

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