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Nothobranchius rachovii



Poecilia vivipara23.10.2014



We receive this pretty livebearer only very occasionally. Now we obtained this fish from a German breeder. The most remarkable feature of the species is the ability to change the coloration drastically. Often this wild species of molly presents a pattern of vertical stripes, but this can be reduced also to a single spot on the shoulder. The belly of the males is usually yellowish or blueish; but mating, dominant males change to a very bright, splendid orange. Observing the behaviour of this fish is a lot of fun. The species attains a maximum length of about 6 cm and is absolutely peaceful.



For our customers: the fish have code 280993 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Finally available again after many years: L35423.10.2014



We are glad that we were able to import once more the pretty L354 from the Rio Iriri. The species has been described scientifically under the name of Spectracanthicus zuanoni in early 2014. The scientists declare them conspecific with L20 from the Rio Xingu (the Rio Iriri is an affluent of the Rio Xingu). However, L20 has much smaller spots. In the very same scientific paper the genus Oligancistrus has been declared as a synonym of Spectracanthicus.



Anyway: we are very glad to see the beautiful animal again in our fishhouse! Spectracanthicus zuanoni attains a maximum length of about 15 cm.

For our customers: the fish have code 26480-L 354-2 (6-8 cm) and 26480-L354-3 (8-10 cm) on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Available in limited numbers only!

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Rasbora sarawakensis21.10.2014



The genus Rasbora is a very specious one and contains currently 82 described species. Nevertheless only comparatively few species have been ever kept in aquaria. R. sarawakensis reaches about 5 cm in length and originates from a part of Borneo that belongs to Malaysia. We were able to import the pretty schooling fish, which is completely undemanding, for the first time now.



For our customers: the fish have code 452882 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Acestrorhynchus pantaneiro17.10.2014



We received wonderful specimens of this most attractive barracuda characin of all from Paraguay. Currently the fish have a size of 11-15 cm and already have very nice colours. A. pantaneiro has been named A. altus in the elder aquarium literature. The latter is a close relative, but a different species. A. pantaneiro becomes 30-40 cm long.

For our customers: the fish have code 201605 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photo: Frank Schäfer





Brown-red Discus Madeira Nova Olinda do Norte15.10.2014



Madeira discus are famous for the high degree of red colours for decades already. Last week we received beautiful, brown discus from the Madeira region with the additional name "Nova Olinda do Norte". Besides the nice basic coloration the pretty light coloured, almost white dorsal fin is worth mentioning in our newscomers.



For our customers: the fish have code 732014 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Corydoras sp. Tukano Longnose14.10.2014



There are still species of Corydoras that are imported so rarely and in so low numbers that the fish stay unfulfilled dreams of most enthusiasts. One of the most attractive species of that group is for sure the "Tukanao Longnose". Of course these animals are not rare in the wild in the sense that there are only few specimens, but these fish live solitary and are very shy. So even good collectors can catch only one or two specimens in a time in which they can collect some thousands of "normal" Corydoras tukano. We also could import only eight specimens this time …

For our customers: the animals have code 245634 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





L273 Pseudacanthicus sp. Titanic XL13.10.2014



The Titanic was never traded in large numbers and is one of L-numbers in great demand. We received now three large specimens from Brazil, which seem to be fully grown. They are 25-30 cm long. One of them is for sure a male. It can be easily identified by the strong spines and the long interopercularodontodes (the "whiskers"). The females are also very spiny - this is why the genus is called the cactus-catfish - and it seems that they have something in common with the dwarf females in Tolkien´s "Lord of the Rings": they are often not recognized as females, because they have beards like men….



For our customers: the fish have code 26480-L 273-8 and 26480-L 273-9 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Only three specimens available!

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Lonchogenys ilisha13.10.2014



For the first time ever we were able to import this extremely unusual tetra. Lonchogenys ilisha is a member of the family Acestrochrhynchidae, which means the species is closer related to the barracuda tetras (Acestrorhynchus) than, let’s say, to a cardinal tetra. Nevertheless our first observations proofed the species to be very peaceful, as well to conspecifics and to other fish of similar size.



We think that the specimens with the golden shine and the bright orange caudal fin are the males. However, no information is available so far regarding the aquarium biology of that species. The maximum length reported for L. ilisha is 6-7 cm, our specimens are 5-7 cm long and so most probably almost fully grown.



Lonchogenys ilisha is the only known member of the genus. Its distribution is in the upper and middle Rio Negro region in Brazil and Colombia. Our specimens originate from Colombia.



For our customers: the fish have code 266483 on or stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Available in limited numbers only!

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer







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