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TOPIC: Herichthys carpintis 'Chairel' UPDATE 5/7

Herichthys carpintis 'Chairel' 3 years 10 months ago #45559

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Growth is much more evident to my eyes than what is shown in these pictures. These guys are putting on size very nicely. Helps when they are willing to eat anything that hits the water.










I'm starting to see some good coloration pop in some of the larger fish. Very nice irridescent blue markings are becoming evident. A pleasing tan-dull yellow base color is starting to develop as well. Certainly a characteristic more appreciated with carpintis vs cyanoguttatus. I am however not seeing the large pearls that is characteristic of other regional variants collected in the same area as 'Laguna de chairel'. Vontehillos, Lahillas, Escondidos, of course are all very well known for have very largely pronounced pearls and intense turquoise coloration but these fish so far lack the larger pearls. I guess time will tell if they grow into them or not.
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Herichthys carpintis 'Chairel' 3 years 10 months ago #45561

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Showing hood colors for their size. The spangles will come, patience grasshopper. :tounge:
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Herichthys carpintis 'Chairel' 3 years 10 months ago #45564

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Thanks basset. That is encouraging. Patience... guess I'll try this patience thing you speak of.
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Herichthys carpintis 'Chairel' 3 years 10 months ago #47127

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It's been a month since I've had these little guys. Still loving them. They are active and growing nicely but in the past few weeks have become suuuuuuuper skittish. The entire tank is really sketchy right now. In fact over the weekend I had a keyhole jump out of the tank! I'm not entirely sure what is going on, but I think that my cat has started jumping up at the tank, spooking the fish. Now whenever they see someone coming they scatter and hide. On Tuesday my brother took down a small community tank he had and gave me 5 glow light tetras, 2 cherry barbs and a gold barb. So I add them to the tank in hopes that they would help calm everyone down. So far it seems to be helping a bit, but they are still impossible to get good shots of (which is why I haven't updated in a while).

Anyway, things continue to go well and some color is starting to really pop in a few of the larger ones.
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Herichthys carpintis 'Chairel' 3 years 10 months ago #47130

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They will outgrow the skittish tendency as the instinct for territory kicks in.
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Herichthys carpintis 'Chairel' 3 years 10 months ago #47163

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I came home from lunch today to find the glass lid on the 20 gallon long aging tank was broken. One of the cats jumped onto it and ended up going for a swim. I checked for blood and did not find any, so hopefully they only got wet.

Hope it teaches them to stay the hell off of my tanks. :darth:
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Herichthys carpintis 'Chairel' 3 years 10 months ago #47194

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Rush, sorry I forgot to post, but this is what you will see if you get a pair. I think Basset told you that they advertize their intent in a big way!

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Herichthys carpintis 'Chairel' 3 years 10 months ago #47198

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Beauties man! Love the color. I'll keep in mind that they can breed pretty early on... maybe a divider will be necessary. I don't I'll have the means to keep them in separate tanks until they are full grown.
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Herichthys carpintis 'Chairel' 3 years 10 months ago #47207

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I would strongly advise separating a pair until they grow out a bit. I think mine would have benefited greatly if I had done that. He was around 3" and she was about 2" when the fun began.
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Herichthys carpintis 'Chairel' 3 years 10 months ago #47217

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Yeah that's too early. How big are they now?
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