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L204 Panaqolus albivermis28.11.2014



One of the most beautiful L-numbers at all has obtained an official, valid name in 2013: Panaqolus albivermis. The species originates from Peru. We currently were able to import again a good number of wonderful young specimens of this small species of catfish (maximum length around 10 cm). Among them are also 5 spotted individuals. We have stocked these specimens under the name of L204a; however, they do not represent a different species. Even among captive bred specimens from wild collected, striped parents every now and then spotted youngsters appear.



For our customers: the fish have code 26480-L204-2 and code 26480-L204a-2 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Hemibagrus (= Mystus) wyckii27.11.2014



The predatory catfishes of Asia are always a bit neglected by the specialized hobbyists, compared with their cousins from South America. However, Hemibagrus wyckii is a hot candidate to change this point of view. The body is plain, pure black and only parts of the barbels and the borders of the caudal fin are of a shining white.



For our customers: the animals have code 437504 on our stocklist. Currently our fish are 14-18 cm long. We have only two specimens in stock! Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Pao palembangensis and Dichotomyctere ocellatus26.11.2014

Pao palembangensis (= Tetraodon palembangensis)



Once more we were able to import a small number of the most unbelievable freshwater pufferfish. This species is quite specialized. It occurs only on Sumatra and Borneo, where it lives in very soft and acidic water. This puffer is a pure freshwater species that never enters brackish or marine environments.



The unusual pattern on the belly serves to make prey. Pao palembangensis is a predator that imitates a dead fish while hunting. Then it hangs around like carrion. If a small fish or a shrimp tries to feed on the carrion it becomes food itself.



Rumors say that the females´ hump on the back is much smaller than the males´ hump. In any way the species has already been bred in aquaria, where it proofed to be a cave brooder. P. palembangensis attains a maximum length of 12-15 cm.



Although both species look totally different, in elder aquarium literature Pao palembangensis (formerly: Tetraodon palembangensis) has been often confused with the "Figure eight puffer", Dichotomyctere ocellatus (formerly known as Tetraodon biocellatus). The latter attains a maximum length of about 8 cm and is a brackish water species. Due to this confusion Pao palembangesis is also known as the "dragon puffer"  in the international trade.



For our customers: Pao palembangensis has code 462555 on our stocklist, Dichotomyctere ocellatus code 46250. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Geophagus sp. Tapajos 1 - Red Head25.11.2014

Geophagus sp. Tapajos 1 - Red Head



We received gorgeous, adult, German bred specimens of this Geophagus, which is probably the most colorful species of Geophagus at all. Currently the fish are 10-14 cm lang and in a top condition.

For our customers: the fish have code 681615 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photo: Frank Schäfer





Atyoida pilipes25.11.2014



Dwarf shrimps are charming and completely harmless, but also very small. So keepers of somewhat larger fish often search for a species of shrimp which is absolutely harmless and day active, but also a bit larger - too large to be eaten as an intermediate snack between dinner and supper. For these cases mother nature has produced Atyoida pilipes. This shrimp attains a maximum length of about 5 cm and feeds exclusively on very small particles of food which are filtered with the fan-like shaped claws out of the water.



The animals are completely harmless. In an aquarium they also feed readily on dry food for fishes, so feeding them is no problem at all. The best choice are food tablets that decay slowly in the water. Here all A. pilipes that live in the tank will meet quite fast.



This shrimp likes to live in larger aggregations, so one should never keep them alone. In any other respect the animal is absolutely undemanding. The only exception is when it comes to breeding A. pilipes: raising the very tiny larvae is quite difficult, because they develop only in marine environments.



For our customers: the shrimps have code 481270 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer






Cherax sp. Blue Moon25.11.2014



We obtain a number of very beautiful species of the genus Cherax from New-Guinea. One of them is the "Blue Moon", which is not yet determined on a scientific basis. The legs are bright blue and the carapax is of a deep midnight blue. The outer ridge of the claw is bright yellow-orange - this is the moon. In males, there is a kind of bubble in the moon which is lacking in females. The females can be recognized also by the smaller claws and the broader abdomen. Another, species-specific feature is the broad, bright yellow-orange stripe on the fan of the tail.



The Blue Moon attains a maximum length of about 10 cm and is suited very well for the keeping and breeding in aquaria. One should keep in mind that these animals feed mainly on plant materials. So, dead leaves collected in autumn should form the main part of the diet of the animals. For many of them the leaves of cherry trees are a real delicacy and the menue should also always contain oak leaves as a prevention of fungus diseases. Each individual crayfish needs a shelter on its own. Despite the fact that Cherax species are comparably peaceful against conspecifics, cannibalism may happen (especially after the moulting) if not enough hiding places are extant.



The water chemistry is of little meaning for these crayfish. The pH can be between 6 and 8 (even a little more or a little less), water temperature between 18 and 28°C. Cherax species are mainly active during dawn light, so an expensive and costly strong illumination is not necessary.



For our customers: the animals have code 481462 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer






Farlowella hahni25.11.2014

Farlowella hahni



The species of Farlowella are fascinating animals. These suckmouth catfishes look more alike small sticks than fishes! Currently 26 species are recognized as valid, which are spread all over South America. Sadly the determination of the species is often quite tricky. Four species of Farlowella are known from Paraguay, namely F. hahni, F. isbruckeri, F. jauruensis, and F. paraguayensis. Our recent importations are most likely F. hahni.



In any case the species is quite attarctive. Females have a much more swollen belly than the males. Experienced aquarists have already bred a number of Farlowella species. The members of the genus are open spawners, the males defend the eggs. For Farlowella hahni a maximum length of more than 20 cm has been reported.



For our customers: the fish have code 253663 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Colisa fasciata bred25.11.2014



We received breathtaking beautiful specimens of Colisa fasciata from Singapore. This species is an ideal tankmate for nice community tanks with small, peaceful barbs, minnows etc. and a dense plantation.



For our customers: the fish have code 411104 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.


Text & photos: Frank Schäfer







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