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Piaractus brachypomus ALBINO28.04.2016



Almost exactly four years ago we were able to import a pair of albinotic Pacus from Colombia (see http://www.aquariumglaser.de/en/archiv.php?news_id=470). At the time the import was quite spectacular. However, nowadays the fish are offered from southeast Asia already. These animals are by far more handy, because they are only 4-6 cm long, compared with the 16-20 cm long pair from Colombia. Nevertheless the youngsters are as fascinating as the large ones in respect of coloration. But one should always keep in mind that they will grow up to a length of about 60 cm!



For our customers: the fish have code 218492 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Cephalosilurus apurensis26.04.2016



A face that can be loved only by a mother? Far from that! Among the fans of large, predatory catfish Cephalosilurus apurensis is a much sought after species! The fish attains a maximum length of about 30 cm and appears endemic in Venezuela (this means the distribution is restricted to that country). We were able once again to import a few specimens of this rarity. Our fish are 20-25 cm lang and almost fully grown. Further pictures of younger specimens can be found here: http://www.aquariumglaser.de/en/archiv.php?news_id=912



For our customers: the fish have code 214636 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Available in very small numbers only!

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Coreoperca cf. liui26.04.2016



For the first time ever we obtained this interesting freshwater perch from southern China. The genera Coreoperca and Siniperca contain altogether 14 species. They are thought to be close relatives of the groupers (Serranidae), but are placed in a family on their own, the Sinipercidae.



The fish were shipped under the name of Coreoperca kawamebari; however, this species occurs only in Japan and Korea and has a pattern of vertical bands. Three species are known to occur in China, namely C. loona (Wu, 1939); C. liui Cao & Liang, 2013, and C. whiteheadi Boulenger, 1900. Of these, our specimens are closest to C. liui. That species of Chinese perch attains a maximum length of about 11 cm.



In contrast to the groupers the Chinese perches are absolutely peaceful against conspecifics, they even seem to prefer to swim along with partners. Of course these fish are small predators that like living fish for food. In respect of the external appearance the Chinese perches remind one strongly in nandids (Nandus nandus), but the behaviour is completely different. Nandids are shy and always try to cover, whereas the Chinese perches are very lively and curious and swim in the open water.



For our customers: the fish have code 412403 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Panaqolus albivermis, L20426.04.2016



Currently we have all sizes of L204 in stock, among them fully grown specimens. They show impressively how different the individual pattern in loricariids can be. We have specimens with small spots, species-specificly banded animals and all thinkable intergrades. The photos were made from four fully grown specimens in our fishhouse, size-class 11-14 cm. Pictures of juveniles can be found here: http://www.aquariumglaser.de/en/archiv.php?news_id=1233



For our customers: the fish have code 26480-L 204-6 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Osphronemus laticlavius20.04.2016



We received the very rare red finned giant gourami in two sizes, 5-7 cm (code 440923 on our stocklist) and 12-15 cm (code 440925). The species attains a similar size as the common giant gourami, eg 60 cm. O. laticlavius originates from Borneo. Fertile males develop a very prominent head structure and deep red fins that form a beautiful contrast to the black body. The pictures of the adult fish show how breathtaking beautiful this large fish can be - sadly we cannot offer that size.



Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





First import of Rhadinoloricaria macromystax20.04.2016



Even keepers specialized in whiptail catfish will hardly know this fish. Until now only preserved specimens or pictures of animals photographed in the field were known. Now we were able for the first time ever to import some specimens alive from Venezuela. The species has been described in 1869 from Peru.



These fish are extremely sensitive. Our supplier reports that he has big difficulties during the acclimatization of the fish. The reasons for these difficulties are unknown. The way the fish hold their pectoral and ventral fins (like spoilers) may be a hint that these whiptail cats are adopted to strong current (a so-called rheophilic species).



The species is said to attain a length of about 15 cm. This means that our specimens are fully grown or at least sexually mature. If they represent the "real" Rh. macromystax or a close, still undescribed relative, cannot be decided by us. The genus is only insufficient researched.



For our customers: the animals have code 287255 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Only very few specimens available!

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





A cryptic species of Dicrossus?19.04.2016



Dicrossus filamentosus, the checkerboard cichlid, is a permanent guest in our fishhouse. The beautiful dwarf cichlids make gorgeous aquarium inhabitants.



Last week we obtained a shipment of large specimens from Manaus, almost exclusively males. We decided to photograph them due to their brilliant coloration.



During selecting the models for the photo aquarium two unusual facts became obvious. First: one of the males was extraordinary deep bodied. And twice: there was no female in the shipment that showed the typical red ventral fins of sexually active females.

Instead the selected female showed two features that were also found in the unusual deep bodied male: the black marks along the side were almost quadratic (instead of rectangular) and there was a small black spot on the basis of the ventral fins (lacking in "normal" checkerboards).



Of course this can be pure chance. But it is also possible that the unusual checkerboards represent a hidden, so-called cryptic, different  species. Since genetic analyses (DNA-analyses) have become so cheap, it has been found that cryptic species, which can be hardly told apart from well known species by external features, but which are totally different from a genetic point of view, are comparatively common.

For our customers: the Dicrossus filamentosus we currently have in stock have code 668002 (sm) and 668005 (lg-xlg) on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Filopaludina (Siamopaludina) martensi cambodjensis19.04.2016



For the first time ever we were able to import this pretty snail from Thailand. It is a typical viviparid snail that shares all the characters of the family: these animal breath via gills, not via lungs, and thus use the dissolved oxygen in the water for breathing, like fish do; there are males and females, the males can be recognize by the fact that one of the antennas is modified in shape; these snails are livebearers; and they are no algae-eaters in the strict sense, but feed on Aufwuchs and detritus. Food tablets (produced for ornamental fish) are a reliable food for them in the aquarium. Filopaludina (Siamopaludina) martensi cambodjensis attains a length of about 4 cm.



For our customers: the animals have code 483655 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer







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