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Rainbow Shark
Photo by Joe Drummond 2010

A young barb, likely a Rainbow Shark (Epalzeorhynchos erythrurus) swims in his new fish tank. The orange discoloration on this fish's head is of concern, but he may outgrow it with proper care and diet.

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"Just wanted to let you know that your tips worked. We've got a healthy tank now with several tetras that are doing just fine and all of our water quality measurements are within specs. Thanks so much for the pointers."
June 17, 2009
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"My 3 year old daughter desperately wanted a fish so the family troops off to the pet store and buys - you guessed it - painted glass fish. I thought, "Wow, pretty fish." [It] never occurred to me the terrible things that are done to make them look like that. Now after [an] awful heart-wrenching morning explaining to my daughter her fish is in heaven with God, after only a week, I decided to look up these fish and see what I did wrong. Well I figured it out, my mistake was not researching what fish I was buying. A hard lesson learned at the expense of my daughter. I will never understand how people can justify hurting another creature solely for profit. Thanks for all the info on these lovely but mistreated little fish."
March 22, 2003
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