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Howdy Guys,

I baught these as Rio Branco yesterday, so i assume thats what they are but they seem very different to any piccies i have seen of this strain. more red and copper on the gills and body. I want to add some more to the colony but would like a positive id before i do.

I tried to get a good piccy of the copper on the gill plates and body between the gills and black spot but it doesnt show up too much in the piccies, it is very dark in person. Thses fish were in buckets for 4 hours yesterday and have only been in the tank for less than 24 hours. They have coloured up nicely, quickly.

Thanks in advance for any help

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Look like Brachybranchus AKA Black Throats to me

bronze body colour and the black cheek mark

check this link

http://eartheaters.qldaf.com/index.php?page=brachybranchus

Chris

Your spot on Link2Hell, thankyou !

i didnt even notice the black till you pointed it out. On closer inspection of the fish the BLACK is quite noticeable on the throat, darker on some than others.

Are these as common or more so as the rio brancos?

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Like most fish that have newer species, the original Surinamensis we had

seem to have become rarer to find

Brachys are not as common as they were a few years back so it's good to

see someone that can keep the species going

It would be nice to see someone was still persisting with the original

G. altifrons we feel were from "Manuas" that were a spot tail variant and

showed 2 small black spots on the body (that distinguish it as Altifrons) with

an emerald green body and orange fins

Chris

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They're rio branco. Both brachys and brancos get the black throats and the black preopercular mark. They probably the most similar two we have here. The main difference is body shape and lateral spot shape. Lateral bars are different too.

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The black preopercular mark is longer than it is high, if that makes sense.

what do you mean by 'Lateral bars are different' eg colour shape size or spacing.

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That's how the Preopercular mark is meant to look like.

Lateral bars are different shape and amount.

http://eartheaters.qldaf.com/index.php?page=riobranco

http://eartheaters.qldaf.com/index.php?page=brachybranchus

There's links for both fish information.

Cheers Mark~

The black preopercular mark is longer than it is high, if that makes sense.

what do you mean by 'Lateral bars are different' eg colour shape size or spacing.

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