Hybrid Red Tail? Does anybody know? Pics attached

Hybrid or purebred?


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Sevastopol

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This guy was labeled as a Red Tailed Cat, but he has some features that I discovered were different from Red Tails. He has spots running down the side of him, as well as on his dorsal fin. Dorsal fin looks much different in shape as well. His colors are also duller than a typical red tail. He is young, I’d say about 4 or 5 inches. Last pic is of an actual young red tail as well for comparison. Any input would be appreciated, I’d like to know the identity of my fish/what he could possibly be mixed with. Thanks everyone!EADB6F67-215F-4C54-A0C6-034A93B04118.jpeg925ED9E3-C676-4E4F-B8E2-9B7F8F2BA777.jpeg8B97F45A-5FEE-4F33-A863-DE5113D1D1D6.pngCE5A59D0-8EFF-4C13-9D51-FB96C966F8CE.jpeg
 

Fishman Dave

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From my brief experience of young ones so far, I find them to be hardier than tiger shovelnose and less greedy than red tails. Both of which I have kept but this is the first time keeping a couple of cross from 4”.
 

thebiggerthebetter

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No doubt as the guys say above this is the typical TSN mother x RTC father hybrid. These are made for food in South America and for ornamental fish trade in Asia, it seems. What we get in our trade seem to be all runts, refuse, dinks, culls, carelessly and cheaply produced genetic weaklings, etc.

Even for the runts, they tend to grow quickly, about 1.5'-2' in the first year. Ours currently is 3.5' and 7 years old.

They ignore everything that doesn't fit in their mouth, that's the compatibility rule, sailor :) except occasional squabbles with other catfish of similar nature, mostly RTC.
 
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