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Labeo parvus and L. barbatus12.02.2016

Algae eaters from Africa? Hardly ever are such fish available in the trade, despite the fact that there does a high number of species exist. Currently we have two species of African Labeo in stock. There is no doubt that Labeo parvus is the better algae eater of the two. It looks astonishing similar to the Asian species of Garra, Epalzeorhynchus, Gyrinocheilus etc.. It is said that the species attains a maximum length of 40 cm, but this is hard to believe. Our, currently 6-8 cm long, specimens from the Congo look already very adult with their "pimples" on the face. They surely grow up to 12-15 cm, but much larger? May different species have been confused, who knows? We will keep some specimens and see…

Against each other Labeo parvus are very peaceful - compared with other Labeo. However, all species of this relationship should be kept either as a single specimen or in larger groups. The broad sucker mouth of the species is amazing, as well is the fast change of coloration. The very same specimen can show a striped pattern and in the next moment it is almost black.

The second species in our stock also originates from the Congo: Labeo barbatus. We obtained only very few specimens. In this case already the youngster give an idea that this fish will grow to a large size: about 60 cm are reported in literature, so this algae eater fits only for really large aquaria.

For our customers: the fish have code 142702 (Labeo parvus) and 142103 (Labeo barbatus) on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Auchenoglanis wittei10.02.2016

Until recently only two species of Auchenoglanis were commonly accepted, namely A. biscutatus and A. occidentalis. This changed with the revision of Retzer (2010), who recognizes eight different species. In the Congo the genus is represented by Auchenoglanis wittei, which can be easily identified by the "reticulated giraffe"-pattern of the body. However, this is the species most commonly referred to as A. occidentalis in aquarium literature (the"real" A. occidentalis is spotted as juvenile and uniformly brown as adult; it occurs in the Senegal, Casamange, and Gambia rivers and is not imported as a aquarium fish). So it will most probably take a lot of time until the correct determination will be known by hobbyists.

Auchenoglanis wittei is a very peaceful and attractive catfish, but one should keep in mind that it attains at least a length of about 30 cm. So it is suited only for large aquaria in along-time sight. Our juvenile imports are currently 5-7 cm long.

For our customers: the fish have code 100302 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Mastacembelus tinwini09.02.2016

Sadly we can offer this beautiful species of spiny eel only very rarely. The species has been described scientifically quite recently. It is a close relative of the common spiny eel of Asia, Mastacembelus armatus. Like that species, M. tinwini reaches a length of about 40 cm. Other fish are ignored if they are large enough, but small tankmates are taken for food.

For our customers: the fish have code 426744 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Chandramara chandramara, Rama rama, and Batasio tengana08.02.2016

The mottled dwarf catfish, Chandramara chandramara, is a really nice guy from India. It becomes only 5 cm long and is absolutely peaceful. So it is an ideal tankmate for a comunity tank, for example with other ornamentals from Bengal, like the zebra danio, the rosy barb, or the dwarf gourami. Chandramara chandramara has been described scientifically in 1822, but it was re-discovered only in 1972.

Along with Chandramara another, very similar catfish was described: Rama rama. This catfish does not only sound similiar, it also looks like a sibling. The main difference between the two is the fact, that Rama rama is overall translucent and has not clear pattern at all. We have sometimes specimens among our Chandramara that are so translucent, but it is hard to say if they represent Rama rama or not.

A third, also very similar species, was also described in the same work 1822, but only rediscovered in 2006: Batasio tengana. We now found for the first time ever some specimens among our Chandramara. In fact the look almost alike Chandramara, but are much more slender and have a pattern of longitudinal stripe instead of irregular spots. Sometimes - this is mood depended - the stripe in the middle of the body is dissolved to a row of spots. Most often - but this is also mood depended - a black humeral spot is shown. Batasio tengana becomes only 5 cm long and is one of the smallest members of the genus.

All species mentioned like clear water with some some current. They are day active schooling fish, the ideal water temperature is between 22 and 26°C. The readily take any usual food for ornamental fish.

For our customers: Chandramara chandramara has code 409003 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & Photos: Frank Schäfer

Aphanius farsicus08.02.2016

Currently we have some fish in stock that are available every year only for a few weeks. These species are kept and bred by the hobbyists in a very special way, the "balcony aquarium hobby". The species kept in that manner are specialized in water temperatures that differ clearly between day and night and they also need unfiltered sunlight. So they thrive in an optimal way when kept in aquaria, small garden ponds etc. outside the house over the largest part of the year. The breeders usually empty their tanks during the coldest time of winter and this is the opportunity for us to obtain some of these top-rarities: goodeids, livebearers, and killis.

The killifish that live around the Mediterranean in North Africa, Europe, and Western Asia belong clearly to the balcony fish. Most belong to the genus Aphanius. We can offer currently three different species of Aphanius, among them A. farsicus. Even hobbyists specialized in killis may not know that name. But don´t worry, it is the very same species that was known until recently under the name of A. persicus.

Aphanius farsicus originates from Iran. Here it lives around the lake Shiraz. The species attains a maximum length of about 5-6 cm. Our specimens in the fishhouse are already quite pretty, but - due to the season - not in breeding mood. But during the breeding season they look really spectacular, see here for example:

For our customers: the animals have code 300752 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Corydoras imitator and C3908.02.2016

Currently we receive imports of "Corydoras imitator" from the upper Rio Negro in Brazil. If one takes a close look on the fish it becomes obvious that hardly two specimens look really identical. Coloration is variable, as well is  the shape of the body. Some fish, for sure, are unplanned by-catches, for example C. incolicana (C1). But it seems very doubtful that Corydoras imitator (with a quite narrow black band on the back) and C39 (with a more robust body and a much broader band on the back that reaches the lower plate-row of the body in the region of the tail fin) do really represent two different species….. At least both forms are collected and exported together and there are so many intermediate individuals that it is impossible to assort them properly.

For our customers: Corydoras cf. imitator C39 have code 227314 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Corydoras njisseni03.02.2016

Finally we were able to import again the smallest and cutest of all the different "orange blotch" Corydoras from the Rio Negro: Corydoras nijsseni. This fish is a close relative of C. elegans. The coloration, which is the same in Corydoras adolfoi, C. duplicareus, C. imitator, C. sp. C39, C. serratus, and serveral other species, does not reflect the phylogenetic relationship at all. Research has shown that it is simply a case of mimicry that is used as a protection against predators. A bird or another fish-eating animal will learn from the first Corydoras it preys on that they are nasty scratchy in the throat. In future it will avoid to feed on such fish. So all fish with the same coloration are protected, this is the sense of this mimicry.

As in most members of the Corydoras-elegans-relationship - the generic name Gastrodermus is available for them - the males and the females show a quite different coloration. Males are much darker during the mating season. Very old males can even develop a black-dark network all over the body. However, our fish are still young adults and the difference is hence not that clearly visible yet.

For our customers: the fish have code 237603 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Available in limited numbers only!

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Uaru amphiacanthoides, bred03.02.2016

Only very view species of cichlid have such a drastic change of coloration during growing like Uaru amphiacanthoides. We can offer currently very nice bred ones. Uaru are close relatives of the discus. Like discus they wear the dorsal fin almost always spread. However, Uaru are mainly vegetarians. For more information and pictures of adult animals, please see and

For our customers: the fish have code 688502 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

PS: We also have a few wild collected, larger specimens (originating from the Rio Negro) in stock, code 688517

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

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