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Tyttocharax cochui und madeirae
Crenicichla vittata

Cichlasoma urophthalmus24.11.2015

We have a feeling that there is a trend back to the Central American cichlids, the big ones. Of course there are always fashions in the hobby. And of cozrse each generation of aquarists has to discover the magnificent diversity of aquarium fish on their own. Maybe this is the case currently in large Central Americans.

Many species that were formerly placed in the catch-all genus Cichlasoma are now in new genera. Not so Cichlasoma urophthalmus. Despite the well known fact that it is for sure unjustified placed in Cichlasoma it makes no sense to transfer it to any other genus. So it is left in Cichlasoma for pragmatical reasons.

The fish attains a maximum length of 25-30 cm. It originates from Mexico, where it is used a a foodfish as well. Keeping and breeding the species in aquaria is problem free, but one must keep in mind that these fish need real great aquaria. In tanks that are not large enough this cichlid will kill any tankmate, may it belong to the same species or not.

The water in almost all habitats of the fish is hard and have a pH over 8, some populations appear even in brackish or marine environments.

For our customers: the animals have code 667002 (4-6 cm) and 667005 (8-12 cm) on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Tetraodon schoutedeni23.11.2015

Long time not seen! Formerly, in the 1960ies, Tetraodon schoutedeni was one of the most common species in the ornamental fish trade. Even breeding of this species proofed to be rather uncomplicated. But due to the civil wars in the Congo the situation changed drastically. Even nowadays the collectors prefer not to go to the areas where the species is found.

So we are very glad that we were able to import once more some specimens. The animals are already fully grown, eg 7-10 cm long. The males seem to show a more contrasting pattern and to have longer snouts. Tetraodon schoutedeni is also known as the leopard puffer. The species is said to be one of the most peaceful species of pufferfish at all; however one must always keep in mind that puffers are individualists. Leopard puffers are pure freshwater inhabitants.

For our customers: the animals have code 191603 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Only very few specimens available!

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Rineloricaria lanceolata20.11.2015

Currently we obtain very nice Rineloricaria lanceolata from Paraguay. This species of whiptail catfish is very variable in respect of coloration. Almost all colours from deep dark brown (almost black) to a light clay-brown can be observed.

It was back in the 1980ies that a brick-red sport of whiptail catfish appeared in the former GDR. The real origin of the fish stays a mystery, but it was possible to cross it with R. lanceolata. The strains that exist nowadays are most probably all hybrids. The initial red whiptail catfish belonged most probably to another species than R. lanceolata (see Evers & Seidel, Wels-Atlas, Vol. 1: 694, for details). So it is very interesting that among our recently imported wild collected fish is one red male! The animal was given (along with some conspecifics of the same importation) to a breeder. We will see if it is possible to establish another, pure bred, red strain. However, Rineloricaria lanceolata is somewhat feared by breeders, because many males are bad fathers that prefer to eat the spawn.

For our customers: R. lanceolata has code 288503 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Neritina violacea, Red Lip Snail - new in stock18.11.2015

The snails of the genus Neritina have become very popular among aquarists. These snails are excellent algae eaters. They feed most algae from the glasses of the tank, because they prefer hard surfaces to live on. Another advantage of these snails is that they cannot breed under aquarium conditions, because the larvae develop in marine environments. Neritina snails can live several years. However, one cannot say how old a wild collected specimen is.

The Red Lips Snail belongs to the species Neritina violacea, which is fairly common along the coasts of Southeast Asia. In the wild it is mainly found in the mangroves. So hard water with a pH higher than 8 is preferable.

For our customers: the snails have code 485511 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Lepidosiren paradoxus17.11.2015

Only recently we introduced to you our lungfishes imported from the Congo ( Now we received the even rarer cousin: the South American Lungfish, Lepidosiren paradoxus, from Paraguay. There is only one species extant in South America, namely this living fossil. We usually import them as small young fish from Peru, the specimens we now have in stock are uniformly brown subadults, which are 35-40 cm long. Against conspecifics these fish are extremely snappy, we had to put them in separate tanks (one fish per tank) immediately. The mouth of that species is very special. At the tip of the mouth is a small, round opening. It looks as if the fish would try to whistle or if it imagined to have a longtrink with drinking straw. In the real life these fish prefer to feed on snails.

For our customers: the animals have code 265506 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Corydoras vittatus16.11.2015

And here we have one more beautiful species of currently imported Corydoras. Corydoras vittatus - the specific name means "striped" - is one of the most variable species in respect of the individual pattern. The fish originates from Brazil. Formerly it was often regarded to be a subspecies of the also very variable species Corydoras blochi from Guyana and Venezuela, but currently most authorities accept C. vittatus as a full species on its own.

One of the most attractive features of C. vittatus is the fact that in some specimens the dark colour spreads from the obligate eyeband over the complete head, which makes the fish look very unusual.

For our customers: the animals have code 248603 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Pachypanchax sakaramyi - one of the rarest fishes of the World16.11.2015

Only recently we could inform you about a classic among the aquarium killis, Pachypanchax playfairii ( Now we can offer for the first time ever a close relative of that species in small numbers: Pachypanchax sakaramyi.

Despite the fact that this species has been described scientifically already in 1928 from the Sakaramy river on Madagascar, it was never found again after that and sometimes was regarded even as a mythical animal that does not exist at all. Only in the 1990ies researchers were able to re-discover the species. Five pairs were collected and brought back home by Paul Loiselle in October 1994 that formed the basis of all specimens existing now in the hobby.

Sadly the population the wild is still shrinking with a negative trend. The current status is "critically endangered", after that comes only "extinct in the wild". One of the last existing populations was extirpated due to drinking-water use by local residences and a monastery, so now only one last population is known to exist in a river stretch between Ambohitra and the village of Sakaramy. Formerly the species probably lived along the flanks of a mountain stretch, the Ambohitra massive. In most parts of the former range it is said to have been vanished due to released Guppy and Gambusia, who ate the fry of the killi, the horrible (and still on-going) deforestation of the region was the final straw.

It is a piece of luck that keeping and breeding the species is not restricted by laws. This enables many people to buy this pretty fish and help by doing this to save it from extinction. The fish is very hardy and easy-to-keep. The best choice is medium-hard water, a pH around 7.5 and a water temperature between 20 and 25°C. The fish can be even kept in a community tank, but, however, not with very small and tiny other fish.

For our customers: the animals have code 342454 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Available in very limited numbers only!

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Small goldfish Ranchu, mixed colours13.11.2015

Now is the best season for buying young goldfish. The animals have spend the summer in growing ponds and are in top condition now. Of course most hobbyists ask for goldfish in springtime, this has a long tradition. But one should keep in mind that in spring time the fish come from an exhausting hibernation and that makes them quite sensitive. So, whoever is interested in goldfish is well advised to look for them right now.

Currently we have imported for example pretty young ranchus in mixed colours from Hongkong. One thing have goldfish and koi in common: among thousands of animals are only very few that fulfil the high demands of a breeder. But all of them are healthy and strong fish!

For our customers: the animals have code 818001 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

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