Sometimes I get neat contaminant fish! Pimlodella sp. 3
Often when I get in wild caught fish, there are a few that are not what I ordered mixed in. I call them my contaminants. Generally they are common fish, or of comparable size. In early 2009, I brought in some C. habrosus from Colombia, and there were two exceptionally tiny baby catfish. I posted on Planet Catfish and got a species id of Pimlodella sp. 3. They were cute enough, but the size range I was given was 3″-30″, so only time would tell how they would turn out. I plopped them into some of my personal display tanks and promptly forgot about them. Fast forward nearly 4 years. I was doing maintenance on my Ameca Splendens tank yesterday, and found a 4″ catfish- obviously my little .25″ fry had grown up! I have two of these guys. They have a beautiful pearlesencent shimmer and a great green/gold gill plate. I assume that they are full-grown at this point, and it has solved the mystery as to why I was not getting any more goodeid fry!