View Full Version : Heros sp. ?

06-15-2011, 5:46 AM
Hi, any idea what these are?

06-15-2011, 11:33 AM
At first glance, I thought of a fish that had its scales removed and still managed to heal. However, a closer look suggests a piebald strain, which I'd not heard of before. Very interesting. Makes me curious about the genetics, but that's my first thought about most things like this!

06-15-2011, 11:57 AM
nope young rotkeil severum just not a very good strain. When young my Rotkeil's would get blotchy black spots at times and even now 2yrs later rarely if ever get the stripes

06-15-2011, 2:09 PM
I am thinking they could be.........Fish
and possibly male and female

06-16-2011, 10:15 AM
pitdogg2 is correct. I did a little searching after seeing his post, and did find a very few pictures of adult Rotkeil with no stripes. It appears to me to be a distinct and uncommon line; NOW I'm curious if this is something that occurred in captivity, or whether there is a specific wild population!

Very interesting, I'd love to see continued photos of these fish as they develop!

06-16-2011, 1:33 PM
Thanks for the replies fellas. It sounds like you guys may be onto something. Can you provide a link or a photo of the rotkeils you're referring to?

06-28-2011, 8:59 AM
Unfortunatly I believe they are a rotkiel hybrids, I am seeing these more and more, People think all Heros species are "severums" and randomly cross the different species. Ken

06-28-2011, 1:52 PM
Unfortunately I believe they are a rotkeil hybrids, I am seeing these more and more, People think all Heros species are "severums" and randomly cross the different species. Ken

I do think you are correct. It also may be driven by money,my LFS will only order them if you buy 3 or more and the cost they want to sell them at is 100.00ea. prepaid and no refunds. I laughed so hard I think I pulled a muscle. I told the owner that I would travel to St. Louis or Chicago before I ever gave him one red cent. The last time I played his game was when I had him order Synsplius for me. I was on the phone with him to hear the conversation with the distributor who guaranteed him he had some in stock that were the most colorful he had seen in a few years. Since this was a fish he felt he could not sell well I promised to by the 12 at 6.00ea. one dollar over his cost.....6mo later I was looking to trade my Bifasciatus cichlids. :rolleyes:

To the OP just google Rotkiel Severum you'll have plenty of images to look at.

10-04-2011, 8:22 PM
Please, keep posting photos. I'm very interested.