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Old 09-12-2012, 11:54 PM   #581 
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awe yawns!! how cute!
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:56 AM   #582 
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YAWNS!!! You REALLY need to get this guy a webcam. I luff him TOO much! I wanna see him YAWN!!! *squeeee* for the cuteness. A webcam and his own forum... *nods*

Huzzah for filtration! Filtration is AWESOME! Sparky LOVES filtration. . . how are the snails holding up?
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:06 PM   #583 
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Every time I think he's finally zapped his snail, it comes back to life. o.O I just don't know what to think any more. It spent two days just laying there looking very dead and then one morning it had moved.

Sparky has funny little ridges on the roof of his mouth that I assume are to help him eat. I think bettas have similar ridges. They're like teeth but not teeth. Izzy, help me out here. o.O
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:10 PM   #584 
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Are they... FANGS?
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:13 PM   #585 
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All I need is an electric vampire catfish. Heck, if he was that, I'd be exhibiting him for a fee. o.O
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:25 PM   #586 
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I guess Sparky doesn't like escargot!

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Sparky has funny little ridges on the roof of his mouth that I assume are to help him eat. I think bettas have similar ridges. They're like teeth but not teeth. Izzy, help me out here. o.O
Backwards facing ridges? Those are his teeth (or well the fish equivalent; they are made of dentine). They help him grab onto his prey (fish in the wild). Fish with sharp, backwards facing teeth are fish-eaters (piscivores). Fish teeth aren't always attached to the jaw. Most of the time, they are in those ridges on the top and bottom of the mouth.
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:56 PM   #587 
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Aaaahhhh, I knew I could count on Izzy to clarify for me. Thank you, Professor! So it seems like very few freshwater fish actually have teeth as we know them but have those ridges instead . . . well, save for pike and those kind. But a lot of the fish we keep aren't known for teeth.

Haha, I guess Sparky isn't into gourmet food. Maybe he's waiting for me to get the garlic out for him first.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:29 PM   #588 
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The carps like goldfish, danio, and barbs aren't known for toothy grins, but characins like tetra are! Look for a close up picture of a cardinal tetra. They look like mini piranha (lol which they actually are as those two a closely related). Not too sure about the cichlids, tho. I haven't been playing fishy dentist with them lately. :P
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:33 PM   #589 
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Omg Izzy you're right..


They are related to tiger fish!
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:38 PM   #590 
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Congo tetra are actually more closely related to the tiger fish, but they are all part of characiformes!



Who wants to go swimming now?
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