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Rasbosoma spilocerca30.07.2014

This dwarf rasbora becomes only about 3 cm long. The species is new in our stocklist. The scientific description of the fish was under the name of Rasbora spilocerca, but nowadays it is placed in the monotypic (this means the genus contains only one species) genus Rasbosoma. The natural distribution of the charming fish is the lower Mekong basin of Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia. Before its scientific description in 1987 it was always thought to represent juveniles of Rasora trilineata, the scissortail rasbora.

Rasbosoma spilocerca is an ideal fish for nano tanks. We suggest the common name dwarf scissortail rasbora for it. The species is completely undemanding regarding the water chemistry (hardness, pH) and can be kept and even bred in any type of tap water. Ideal water for breeding has proofed pH 7 and GH 4°dH. The water temperature can be between 22 and 28°C.

For our customers: the animals have code 452872 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Rasbora sp. Burmese Yellow Scissortail30.07.2014

We obtained for the first time ever a small number of a new species of Rasbora from Burma. The new fish is without any doubts a close relative of the Indian species Rasbora rasbora but differs in details of the tail fin pattern. Currently our fish are 3-4 cm long.

For our customers: the fish have code 448102 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Available in very limited numbers only!

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Scalare Red Devil Show Size28.07.2014

We received 50 gorgeous, fully grown Red Devil Angels. The fish are German bred ones. Our opinion is: more colour is impossible!

For our customers: the fish have code 697565 on our stocklist. Please note the we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Crenicichla regani Alenquer28.07.2014

The pike cichlids (Crenicichla) represent the most species-rich genus of cichlid at all. More than 130 species have been described. How many of them are valid is subject of discussions, but the number for sure increases to over 90. Some species become pretty large, more than 30 cm, but there are also real dwarf cichlids within the genus that never grow larger than 10 cm.

One of the latter is Crenicichla regani. The species has a wide distribution in Amazonia and so a great number of local colour varieties exist. The main difference between these local varieties is the coloration of the dorsal fin of the females. The females can be easily distinguished from the males by the fact that only the females‘ dorsal has eye-spots (ocelli).

We recently obtained from Brazil for the first time ever specimens collected near Alenquer. They are beautiful, elegant fish. The species is a cave brooder.

For our customers: the fish have code 672203 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Available in very limited numbers only!

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Alex Ploeg †23.07.2014

On July 17thAlex Ploeg, his wife Edith, and their son Robert died at the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over the Ukraine.

Shocked and deeply touched we take fare-well of Alex, Edith and Robert. Alex was our companion for many years, not only as secretary general of OFI but also as a colleague during his years at Aqualog. Owing to his winning personality and his outstanding communication skills he knew marvelously how to bring people together.

What has happened is inconceivable. However, we stay assured that Alex will survive not only in our memories but also in the success of the ornamental fish business: we definitely owe to his unfailing commitment and his great negotiation skills that the first drafts for the European fish health directive (2006/88), disastrous for the ornamental fish business, had not been realized. Due to Alex’ intense and constructive intervention in Brussels a policy has developed, which ensures a reasonable and effective disease control, but still did not needlessly obstruct or even eliminate the international ornamental fish business in Europe. The same applies to Alex’ efforts during the late stage of converting the Epizootic Ulcerative Syndrome within the EU. Both would have led to extreme encumbrances of the entire ornamental fish business without Alex’ activities.

Thereby the mutual work of Alex and Edith continues living on every single day in our company and in all other European ornamental fish enterprises as well as the ones related to Europe.

Dear Alex, Dear Edith, we are deeply grateful for that!

Our thoughts are with all those, who were very close to Edith, Alex, Robert and Robin, especially with Miriam and Sandra! And we hope that their death, representative for all the innocent people who lost their lives, may lead to a rethinking of all responsibles in this terrible conflict!

Brachyhypopomus brevirostris23.07.2014

Knifefishes occur in Africa, asia, and South America. However, the knifefishes from the Old World and the knifefishes of the New World are not closely related to each other. From an aquarists point of view all knifefishes are very beautiful to look at. They are elegant swimmers. The extraordinary swimming style - they rather glide through the water, forward and backward, than ordinary swim - led to the popular name "ghost" for some of the species.

Currently we have some very rarely imported species of knifefish in stock. Brachyhypopomus brevirostris is one of these species. It becomes 20-40 cm long but is maximum as thick as a thumb. The species belongs to the family Hypopomidae. B. brevirostris has a wide distribution in South America. Our specimens originate from Peru. Male and females can be best distinguished by the shape of the head. Males also become larger than the females and in intact males there is also a small caudal fin that always lacks in females. However, obviously a great number of predatory fish in South America is specialized in biting off parts of the tail of knifefish. This led to the unique ability of South American knifefish to regenerate the tail inclusive the backbone.

Against conspecifics, Brachyhypopomus brevirostis are quite peaceful. They feed on small invertebrates and take readily all types of usual live and frozen food for ornamental fish. Like all South American knifefishes B. brevirostris has a weak electric organ that is used by the fish like the ultrasonic of bats. It enables the knifefish to swim even in absolute darknes and never bump to anything.

For our customers: the animals have code 210805 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Ageneiosus marmoratus23.07.2014

We were able to obtain this very rarely imported species of bottlenose catfish from Peru. A. marmoratus has a very wide distribution in Amazonia. The species is a predator that prefers to feed on live fish. The largest specimen known to science was about 20 cm long (ours are currently 12-15 cm long). It can be suspected that A. marmoratus is only the juvenile of another species of bottlenose catfish, namely A. inermis, because no one ever has found so far sexually active specimens of A. marmoratus. A. inermis becomes about 40-50 cm long.

The males of all species of Ageneiosus develop very large dorsal spines during breeding season and a penis-like organ. During mating the males fixes the female with the dorsal spine. There is an internal fertilization. After the breeding season the dorsal spine becomes casted off, comparable to the antlers of a deer, and the penis-like organ becomes reduced so that males and females cannot be distinguished externally outside the breeding season.

For our customers: the fish have code 203405 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Blind cave tetras18.07.2014

78 years ago a collector of ornamental fish - his name was C. Basil Jordan - discovered a blind species of tetra that lived in a cave in the state of San Louis Potosi in Mexico. Jordan was able to collect 100 specimens of the new fish and managed to bring them to the USA without losing even one specimen. His discovery was a sensation. The blind cave tetra was the first cave species belonging to the tetra family at all! The species was described in a new genus under the name of Anoptichthys jordani, which is translated "Jordan´s eyeless fish".

The species proofed to be very hardy and easy to breed. Today we know that the blind cave tetra can be crossed over generations with the "normal looking" tetra Astyanax fasciatus mexicanus that lives in aboveground waters all over Mexico. This fact was the reason why many scientists said that the blind cave tetra does not represent a species on its own. Nowadays things are looking different again. Most recent scientist accept species concepts rather under evolutionary aspects and so the blind cave tetra is most often named Astyanax jordani now.

Interestingly the species never died out in aquaria since the first importation from 1936 and the ancestors of all specimens kept today are fish from the originally 100 wild collected ones. And the blind cave tetra is not a beauty! The fish we currently have in stock were bred in Singapore, but they also belong to the aquarium population established in 1936.

Blind cave tetras can be kept along with any type of peaceful fish. Their blindness is no handicap at all. Most probably this is the reason why aquarists keep on breeding them: most fish enthusiasts want to study the unique adaptation of the blind cave tetra once in their lifetime.

For our customers: the fish have code 209011 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

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