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#41 Guest_centrarchid_*

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 10:51 AM

The only suns we have locally are 'gill, warmouth, and redbreast, so the chances of these being hybrids is unlikely

Could you post a picture of your local "gills"?

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 04:07 PM

Here's a 6-7" male. Only difference between this one and the rest is the copperish tone on the face. I've only seen a few with the copper color. Otherwise all the males look like this. Also most of the other males have more of a reddish or orange breast.

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#43 Guest_Bob_*

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Posted 18 November 2008 - 03:41 PM

A lot of fish color comes from carotenoids in the foods they eat. These are the compounds that are related to beta carotene, which is one of the things that make carrots orange.

A related compound, astaxanthin, is produced in marine algae and is what makes the flesh of salmon pink. I'm guessing that mysys shrimp also have a large amount of it. (Cyclopese is supposed to have really high levels of astathanxin.)

Certain commercial foods also have astaxanthin--Hikari cichlid gold is the one I can think of. It's possible if you fed them cichlid gold or a related color formula, you could bring out even more red in that fish.

What a great looking fish, dont understand the red highlights but ive found that if you feed a fish with red highlights, a lot of mysys shrimp it will enhance those colors.

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