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Cambarellus diminutus25.02.2015



We received nice bred specimens of this tiny species from Indonesia. Initially Cambarellus diminutus originates from North America, where it occurs along the Gulf of Mexico. In contrast to the larger species of crayfish, the species belonging to the genus Cambarellus fit perfectly for community tanks. C. diminutus is the smallest species of all and attains a maximum length of about 2.5 cm. The bright shine of the carapax is very obvious: it looks a bit like polished porcelain.



For our customers: the animals have code 481322 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





The possibly rarest fish in the world lives in Aquarium Glaser´s fishhouse20.02.2015



The term "rare" is - as anybody knows - much a matter of subjectivity. As far as small species of fish are concerned, "rare" can mean that they are only rarely collected, or that they are hardly ever exported or imported, respectively, or that they are hardly ever kept in aquaria. "Rare" hardly ever means in that context "there do exist only a few specimens in the world". This would be nonsense in almost all cases, for small fish are always part of a food chain and are placed here in the very beginning. So even species that are seldom or never seen in the trade do exist in large populations of millions and millions of individuals in the natural habitat.*



Things are different in the animal we want to introduce to you today: a golden-yellow, wild collected specimen of Gnathonemus petersii, the elephant nose fish. The species itself is anything but rare. We can offer it the whole year through and for moderate prizes. There are almost anytime as many specimens available as needed. I many parts of the enormous range the species inhabits it is a common food fish for the poor, because it is abundant and cheap. But a fishermen in Nigeria can catch every day hundreds of elephant nose fish and will most probably never in his lifetime see a golden specimen. It is very likely that the fish in our fishhouse is the only live specimen of golden elephant nose fish on the planet that exists currently. And yes, we think that this can be called "rare"….



This rarity lives happily in the aquarium like any other normal elephant nose fish. It communicates with conspecifics in many ways, for elephant nose fish are comparatively intelligent fishes. A part of the pictures show our "goldie" - which is most probably a male - in company of a normally coloured female. Both are about 12 cm long.



*For the purists among our readers: yes, of course, we know about the types of killifish, loach, and cave fish that inhabit only a single spring or a single hole in the ground. And of course we know that there can exist only a few hundered specimens per population due to the extremely small habitat. But these are really rare exceptions from the rule and do not falsify the basic statement.



For our customers: the fish has code 133563 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Apistogramma viejita Variety II18.02.2015



Apistogramma viejita originates from Colombia. However, in the ornamental fish trade almost exclusively bred specimens can be found. There do exist several varieties even in the wild, which differ mainly in coloration (especially the content of red is very different), but also in respect of the development of the dorsal and caudal fins. Sadly the varieties with the best developed fins usually have the least content of red coloration. The variety from Puerto Gaitan (found in the Rio Manacacias, an affluent of the Rio Meta, here is the type locality of A. viejita) is a good example: gorgeous fins, but dull colours.



Colour variety II of Apistogramma viejita has the biggest content of red colours. The breeders also select for red and this is how the breathtaking specimens have been developed which we can offer currently in show size. Even the females look great, but they reach only half of the size of the males.



For our customers: the fish have code 630604 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Leiarius marmoratus17.02.2015



There are two species of catfish in South America that look like siblings: Leiarus marmoratus (called "Achara" by the natives) and Leiarius (formerly: Perrunichthys) perruno. Both species attain a length of about 60 cm, have the very same leopard pattern and the long, ringed whiskers. But there does exist an easily recognizable difference: Leiarius marmoratus has 10-11 rays in the dorsal fin, L. perruno only 8. The fish usually have the dorsal fin erected. So it is pretty easy to count the finrays on a sharp photo.



Due to the attractive pattern and the peaceful nature of the fish (any tankmate that does not fit as food will be ignored), acharas are much sought for by enthusiasts that love big fish. However, they are only rarely available on the ornamental fish market. Currently we have a number of very charming youngsters from Peru in stock, which are 4-6 cm long.



For our customers: the fish have code 265201 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Available in limited numbers only!

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Gorgeous pipefish arrived from Nigeria!13.02.2015



Only very rarely we obtain the freshwater pipefish Microphis aculeatus from Nigeria. The fish belong to the free swimming members of the family and are very attractive. As in all pipefish the male has to care for the eggs until they hatch. The eggs are deposited in a pouch along the belly. So the male can be easily recognized by the totally different shape of the body. Moreover the up to 15 cm long males (females stay a bit smaller) have a pretty red stripe along the back and a nice pattern on the snout.



For our customers: the fish have code 149204 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Emperor tetras in show size arrived12.02.2015



The Emperor tetra (Nematobrycon palmeri) belongs to the most popular species of tetra at all. The fish found in the ornamental fish trade are almost exclusively bred ones. The species originates from Colombia. Wild collected specimens can be seen here: http://www.aquariumglaser.de/en/archiv.php?news_id=1146



Due to the great demand the breeders usually sell their fish at a comparatively small size already. But currently we received really fully grown specimens which have a total length of almost 5 cm: These fish are simply wonderful!



For our customers: the animals have code 272614 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Trichogaster leerii GOLD11.02.2015



The pearl gourami (Trichogaster leerii) has not been bred in different sports yet, most probably because the wild type already represents one of the most beautiful species of fish at all. But now we received for the first time a golden (lutino) sport and we have to say that this variety really has a lot of charm!



For our customers: the fish have code 469552 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.


Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Apistogramma baenschi (= Inka I)10.02.2015



Apistogramma baenschi from Peru is for sure among the most beautiful species of dwarf cichlid. The male combines splendid colours (especially the wonderful caudal fin) with a fantastic high dorsal fin and the female is also a real eyecatcher due to its unique tiger pattern. Currently we have both wild collected and bred specimens in stock (the photos are taken from our bred specimens).



For our customers: the fish have code 628813 (wild) and 628823 (bred) on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer







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