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Hemichromis letourneauxi04.05.2015



Our current import from Guinea contained also two "classical" red jewel cichlids. They were sent under the names of H. letourneauxi and H. cristatus, respecively. Initially we fully agreed with those determinations. The H. letourneauxi showed all features typical for the species, eg the comparatively elongate body and the lateral spot placed comparatively far in direction of the caudal. But now, after three weeks, we have doubts in respect of the H. cristatus. Indeed most specimens show the bright golden ring around the lateral spot, which is so typical for H. cristatus. But all other features indicate rather that the "H. cristatus" are also a colour variety of H. letourneauxi, although they also have a larger amount of shining spots (iriodophores).



A very special feature in our new importations is the appearance of specimens with a double spot on the flank. Moreover, the spot often runs up to the dorsal. Both features are very unusual for Hemichromis. However, the double spot usually appears only on one side of the body, on the other side is only one spot. Moreover, if one observes only enough specimens, one can find any thinkable transition between these extremes and "regular" H. letourneauxi. Nevertheless it is possible that our new importations represent a species new to science.



Our largest specimens are about 8 cm long. Animals with a length of about 4-5 cm are sexually differentiated already. However, one must be aware that these fish will reach a total length of 10-12 cm in home aquaria, maybe even 15 cm in extraordinary old and large males.

For our customers: the fish have code 536502 (letourneauxi variety) and code 536322 (cristatus variety) on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer






Pelvicachromis humilis and close relatives from Guinea (3): Pelvicachromis humilis SIERRA LEONE & P. signatus30.04.2015



In this very attractive variety both sexes have a bright yellow basic colour. In males, the caudal fin is spotted, ventral fins and anal fin are red. An unique feature for this form is the eye. The upper half of the iris is bright red in males and brass in females!



For our customers: the fish have code 559604 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer


Pelvicachromis signatus



This form has been described as a separate species on its own in 2004. It can be recognized at the first glimpse due to the unique spotted pattern of the female. They have a block spot in the centre of the dorsal fin and another black spot on the caudal peduncle. The males look not that different from other P.-humilis-relatives, but can nevertheless always identified by the coloration of the dorsal fin: and red-and-white seam and dark dots in the dorsal fin cannot be found in any other P.-humilis-relative.



For our customers: the fish have code 560454 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Pelvicachromis humilis and close relatives from Guinea (2): Pelvicachromis humilis DIKINYAH and FALESADE29.04.2015




This variety has the following characteristics: in males, the caudal fin is yellow without any pattern, the ventral fin blue and the dorsal fin has a red border. The horizontal stripe seems to be composed of spots. The dorsal fin of the female is bright yellow and has black spots in the upper backward part of the spiny part of the dorsal. The change of coloration in excited females is dramatically. The initially yellow face mask changes over green to almost black, the horizontal stripe disappears and the belly glows in yellow-pink.



For our customers: the fish have code 559533 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer


Pelvicachromis humilis "Falesade"



This impressive variety is almost identical with P. humilis "Dikinyah". Males differ from that variety by the colour of the anal fin, which is red flamed in "Falesade". Both sexes of "Falesade" have a violet tinge all over the body.



One should keep all these P.-humilis relationship in spacy aquaria with fine sand as bottom and caves for breeding. It is important to keep them not too warm: 22-24°C are the best choice.

For our customers: the animals have code 559593 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Pelvicachromis humilis and close relatives from Guinea (1): Pelvicachromis humilis LIBERIA RED28.04.2015



Our current import from Guinea contains five different species/morphs of the relationship of Pelvicachromis humilis. They all have in common that the males can reach a maximum length of 12 cm. Females always stay smaller. The latter are the more colorful animals, there is always a clearly marked sexual dichromatism. During mating and displaying the colours change drastically: the fish seem to glow from inside in these situations.



Pelvicachromis humilis "Liberia Red" was collected, as can been seen from the name, in the border region between Liberia and Guinea. All our fish were offered under the respective names from Guinea. The fish known in the hobby in the 1990ies under the name Pelvicachromis humilis "Liberia Red" seems to represent another, different variety/species. In males of our current import there is a red pattern in the caudal fin. The remaining coloration differs a lot, depending on the mood. The bright shining zone on the belly of the female, which is present in all forms of the P.-humilis-relationship, is expressed very intensively in Pelvicachromis humilis "Liberia Red".



For our customers: the fish have code 559554 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Moenkhausia agnesae27.04.2015



We received once more fantastic large Moenkhausia agnesae from Peru. This is a larger species that can be kept ideally along with cichlids and catfish. Maximum length reported from M. agnesae is about 8 cm.



Formerly this species has been often confused with M. simulata. However, the horizontal stripes in M. simulata are all black, whereas in M. agnesae these stripes are reddish in the upper portions of the body. For more pictures of M. agnesae, please see http://www.aquariumglaser.de/en/moenkhausia-agnesae_de_1503.html



For our customers: the fish have code 268575 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Uaru amphiacanthoides SANTAREM27.04.2015



Once more we were able to import four wonderful specimens. They have 16-20 cm total length. One specimen, most probably a male, is obviously in mood for breeding: it reacts quite harsh against the photographer!



For our customers: the fish have code 688496 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Pipa parva27.04.2015



The Dwarf Suriname Toad from Venezuela is a real rarity in aquaria. We have a breeder that is able to offer us some specimens every now and then. At the first glimpse they nice animals remind one on Dwarf Clawed Frogs (Hymenochirus). However, like all other Pipa species, P. parva has ramifications on the top of each finger, which always allow a correct identification.


For our customers: the animals have code 485964 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Available in limited numbers only!



Text & photos: Frank Schäfer






Wild collected Oscars from Brazil24.04.2015



Once more we were able to import four wonderful, large (18-25 cm) specimens of the Oscar cichlid from Brazil. There is no consensus among scientists how many species should be assigned to the genus Astronotus. Most scientists accept only two species, namely A. crassipinnis and A. ocellatus. Others believe that there are many more species and that the genus Astronotus is urgently in need of a scientific revision. We think that the four current imports belong to three different species. So we do not use scientific specific names here.



A beautiful pair reached us from the state of Pará. The male has a high degree of red all over the lower part of the body, whereas in the female the red colours are restricted basically to the region around the opercle. We are sure that fish like these were among the ancestors of the artificial sport called "Red Tiger Oscar".



Two other specimens reached us from the Rio Tapajós. They most likely represent two different species or the sexual dimorphism is extreme in this population of Oscar. One of the specimens is very slender and has a nice yellow basic colour. The other specimens reminds us strongly to the "Zebra" we were able to import last year (see http://www.aquariumglaser.de/en/large-wild-collected-zebra-oscars-arrived_en_1607.html), but this time the bright vertical stripes are rather reddish and the animal has a great number of black speckles in the face.



For our customers: the fish have code 633427 (Tapajós) and 632528 (Pará) on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer







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