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Rhamphichthys hahni26.05.2015

Yesterday we received for the first time ever an extremely unusual species of knifefish from Paraguay: Rhamphichthys hahni. We obtained three specimens of about 20-30 cm length. Despite the fact that the species has been described in the year 1937 already it has been overlooked by most of the following scientists. The photos posted here are only snapshots of our freshly imported specimens, but due the rarity of these fish we want to present them to you immediately.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Corydoras: Top rarities from Colombia26.05.2015

We obtained a number of sample specimens (only one specimen per species) of Corydoras from the Rio Vaupes in Colombia. Some of them are real rarities, others are better known already.

One of the well known species is Corydoras osteocarus. This species cannot be confused with any other Corydoras. The species attains a maximum length of about 5 cm.

Corydoras sp. CW 49 is a very pretty individual variety of the species C. sp. CW 51. The latter is currently quite often imported. It attains a length of about 6 cm.

Corydoras sp. CW 107 reminds one strongly in Corydoras davidsandsi. We think that CW 107 belongs to the very same species as Corydoras sp. CW 91.

The long snouted sibling species to CW 107 is Corydoras sp. CW 106. This fish belongs most probably to the same species as Corydoras sp. CW 89.

Corydoras evelynae is one of the most wanted species of Corydoras, but hardly ever available. The appearance of this species in Colombia has been published by Mojica et al. (2005): Peces de la Cuenca del Rio Amazonas en Colombia: Región de Leticia. Bioto Combiana 6 (2): 191-210. C. evelynae has been described from the upper Amazon in Brazil initially.

The most sensational species is for sure a Corydoras that looks quite similar to a group of Corydoras known so far from Peru only: Corydoras fowleri, C. coriatae, and C. semiaquilus. In fact, C. semiaquilus is listed for Colombia by Mojica et al.. However, our recently imported fish looks quite different from what we know as the "Peru Black", which has been identified as Corydoras semiaquilus until now. So we think that a lot of research has still to be done.

Sadly all these Corydoras are very expensive and so they will hardly appear in near future in good numbers in the ornamental fish market. But it is nevertheless good to know that such beauties exist.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Pygocentrus nattereri Small Spots26.05.2015

The Red Piranha, Pygocentrus nattereri, is the only species of piranha that is bred on a commercial basis due to the high demand on these fishes in the ornamental fish trade. So it is always available in the shops and almost all of the offered fish are bred ones.

Now we were able once more to import some wild collected specimens of an extremely pretty and colourful local variety of P. nattereri, which we call "Small Spots". The fish originate from the area around the city of Manacapuru (catchment of the Rio Negro), Brazil.

For our customers: the animals have code 292412 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Available in limited numbers only!

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Hymenochirus boettgeri Gold-Albino26.05.2015

Hymenochirus boettgeri Gold-Albino

The most popular of all underwater frogs is the Dwarf Clawed Frog Hymenochirus boettgeri. It is bred as an ornamental animal for years already. So it was only a matter time when albinos would appear in the market: and here they are! Really nice animals, aren´t they?

For our customers: the frogs have code 141832 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Ancistrus sp. L181 Rio Negro19.05.2015

The many species of Ancistrus with small white dots are very difficult to tell apart. We recently obtained L181 from the Rio Negro in Brazil. The very same species has been given several L-numbers, eg L71 (from the Rio Tapajós) or L249 (from the Rio Trombetas and its affluent, the Rio Cuminá). Also extremely similar is L182 from the Rio Branco. May this be as it is: wild collected specimens are the best guarantee not to buy unwanted hybrids. The pretty reddish first dorsal ray in our currently imported specimens is very obvious.

For our customers: the fish have code 26480-L 181-1 (4-6 cm), 26480-L 181-2 (6-8 cm), and 26480-L 181-4 (9-12 cm) on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Pseudancistrus sp. LDA 32/L259/L321 Rio Tapajós19.05.2015

Currently four syntopically occuring forms of Pseudancistrus are reported from the Rio Tapajós. They differ from each other by minor differences in respect of coloration and proportions. L321 is the comparatively flattest of them, has small dots and a reddish seam at the caudal fin. LDA32 and L259 are a bit deeper bodied and have larger spots. The border of the caudal fin is yellow. In P. sp. "Tapajós" (this form did never receive a L-number, see Mergus Wels Atlas Vol 2, page 911 for a photo) the border of the caudal fin is white. However, these differences are comparatively vague and do not allow an exact determination when looking on a single specimen. Coloration differs individually and the size of the spots is decreasing when the fish get older. We have listed the specimens from our current importation from the Rio Tapajós as L259.

The attractive fish are feeding basically, as can be clearly recognized by a look in the mouth, on Aufwuchs. Males can be very aggressive against other males. Despite the fact that these fish can attain a maximum length of about 20-25 cm, specimens of only 10 cm already show the sexual dimorphism. The photographed animal, a male, is about 10 cm long and has already the genus-specific bristles (odontodes) around the snout.

For our customers: the animals have code 26480-L 259-2 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Brachyrhaphis roseni19.05.2015

Generally speaking, wild forms of livebearers are only rarely seen in the hobby. However, aquarists who specialize themselves in these fishes are most often that fascinated that they never give them up anymore. One of the most beautiful species is Brachyrhaphis roseni, which originates from brooks running through woodland in Panama and Costa Rica. Keeping these fishes is not difficult at all. Females attain a maximum length of about 6 cm, males stay always much smaller. But breeding these livebearers is really tricky and not many persons are successful. One of the reasons is the fact that the species is extremely cannibalistic against the fry. Trying to keep them in breeding boxes always fails, because the females are much too nervous for that.

But one of our breeders finally has solved the problem and so we can offer now for the first time ever a good number of these rare and beautiful fishes.

One should keep B. roseni in schools. The species prefers to swim near the water surface. Tankmates can be smaller cichlids, fast swimming species of tetra, catfish, etc.. Other species of liverbearers should be avoided, because B. roseni can be quite rough against similar fishes.

Half grown females look almost like males and are much ore colourful than fully grown females. A "gravity spot" is present in both sexes.

For our customers: the fish have code 408123 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Lexicon: Brachyrhaphis: means "short needle"; this refers to the mating organ of the males. roseni: dedication name for Donn E. Rosen (1929-1986).

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

New Endler Sports19.05.2015

Once more we received new sports of the Endler Guppy from our proofed breeder. "Green" is not only characterized by the green basic body colour, but also by the white flagged dorsal fin. And in "Silverado" a broad, silver-blue area over the posterior part of the body makes the tiny fish look like small electric blue flashes under water!

For our customers: the animals have code 419113 (Green) and 419114 (Silverado) on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

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