09-03-2010, 12:09 AM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: San Francisco Area
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| | Experience with farm-raised Cardinal Tetras?
My LFS has 30-40 farm-raised Cardinal Tetras which they received a day ago and that are up for sale at 1/2 of what I have to pay at other LFFs. I've been looking for cardinals to add to my 37G, so, looks like a good find. The fish behaves normally: swims and schools around, no floaters, and in much better apparent condition that you would normally find at LFS and they have not lost any from that batch.
Two things bother me: color and shape. Their top stripe is a nice iridescent blue, but a lighter color then on cardinals I have in my 75G. Their bottom area is a wash-out pinkish red color. Not too bad, especially given that the fish is one day off the plane. Let's assume the colors will improve in my planted tank.
My bigger issue is that the majority of that fish have what looks like a small lump in their bellies, closer to their heads then to their middles. Like they swallowed a small pebble. From the side they look like they have a ship keel. Internal parasites? Deformity? Something else? I have no clue, they just did not look right to me even at 1/2 price.
In the end, I decided to come back in a couple of days to check them out again, as I'd rather have "expensive live" fish then "cheap/deformed dead" fish in my tank.
Any insight would be much appreciated.