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Garra sp. Sunset-Goldscale01.04.2014

We received this new, impressive species of Garra from India. The most striking feature of the species is that they have large, shining scales on the flanks. The position and number of these scales differs individually. Depending on the light these scales shine bright blue, orange-red or golden.

The fully grown males (the photographed specimen is about 9.5 cm long and the largest individual we have seen so far) have a very impressive horn (scientifically called proboscis) on the forehead and tubercles on the snout. The shape of the proboscis is species-specific. A great number of species of Garra have been described as new from India scientifically in recent times. Our fish resembles most to Garra gotyla, but more detailed and time-consuming studies are necessary, before one can decide if this first idea proofs to be right. In any case these algae-eaters are not only valuable, but also attractive and interesting!

For our customers: the fish have code 416442 (4-6 cm) and 416443 (6-8 cm) on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Ancistrus White Seam01.04.2014

Dear customers, the scientific names in Ancistrus are sadly a total mess. First of all: the genus Ancistrus contains a large number of species. Currently 66 species are accepted, scientifically described species in Ancistrus. However, in former days a great number of species has been described under the generic name of Ancistrus, which currently are placed in totally different genera - examples are Lithoxus, Pterygoblichthys, Hemiancistrus, Dekeyseria etc.. So one must be aware that reviewing these genera will probably recover other, additional species and will make changes of names necessary.

The "Common Bushmouth" has been established in the 1950ies in our tanks. At that time nobody even guessed how many species exist. This is the reason why that fish was determined under the name of Ancistrus dolichopterus. At that time it was usual practice to cross in established aquarium populations wild collected specimens for "refreshing of blood". So we can be almost absolutely sure that our "Common bushmouth" is a cross, a multiple hybrid. At least no species is known from wild populations that has exactly the features that our "Common Bushmouth" has. It is comparably easy to cross different species of Ancistrus, as it in between platys and swordtails. This is no criterion for species discrimination.

Nowadays are not only the 66 scientifically described species known, but also another 90 species - some with, some without a L- oder LDA-number (see Mergus Atlas on catfishes, vol.2). All of them are occasionally imported or bred. We are far from understanding the systematics of all these fish, but one thing can be said for sure: Ancistrus dolichopterus is one of the so called White Seam Ancistrus and has been given the L-number 183. So please keep in mind: L183 = Ancistrus dolichoperus.

The "Common Bushmouth" is a cross and so it cannot bear a scientific species name according to the international rules of scientific nomenclature. From a scientific point of view it must be named by the generic name only, eg Ancistrus.

There is more than one species of Ancistrus with a white seam in the dorsal and the caudal fins. A. dolichopterus can usually easily recognized by the fact that it has 9 soft rays in the dorsal fin (all other similar Ancistrus have 7-8). Only very occasionally individuals of A. dolichopterus with less than 9 soft rays in the dorsal fin occur. The coloration is no good determination feature, for juveniles look different than adults and Ancistrus can change their colours also mood-dependent quite quick.

Before it was found that L183 is Ancistrus dolichopterus, L183/White Seam Ancistrus was wrongly determined as Ancistrus hoplogenys. However, today we know that Ancistrus hoplogenys is identical with L59, which has orange seams on the dorsal fin. There is another species of Ancistrus which is repeatedly confused with Ancistrus dolichopterus, L183/White Seam Ancistrus. This species obtained several L-numbers: L71, L181 and L249. However, all these L-numbers represent the same species. It was given the common name "false hoplogenys", because only the small juveniles have the pretty white seams, in contrast to the "true hoplogenys" (which is Ancistrus dolichopterus, L183/White Seam Ancistrus) which has these white seams the whole life through. In "L71, L181 and L249" these white seams disappear in elder fish. Sadly both forms are not distinguished in Brazil. So even we never know what we will get when we order small White Seam Ancistrus from Brazil.

Sadly this mess in names still persists. Please note that on our stocklist due to technical reasons no solution that satisfies all needs is possible. So the "Common bushmouth" is still called "Ancistrus dolichopterus" and has code 20420. We call all undeterminable wild collected Ancistrus that look similar to the "Common bushmouth" "Ancistrus dolichopterus wild", code 20411. The real A. dolichopterus or "L183/real hoplogenys/white seam" has code 20440 and the name A. hoplogenys. Juveniles, that could be both L183 and L71, L181 and L249 we call Ancistrus sp. White Seam, code 20480.

Despite the fact that we are always trying to use correct names, this seems to be impossible in some special cases, like this one. If you are in doubt which species is meant on the stocklist, please don´t hesitate to ask our employees. Thank you!

Text: Frank Schäfer, photos: Frank Schäfer, Dieter Bork, Erwin Schraml

Gorgeous LDA7 in stock01.04.2014

We have only very rarely the opportunity to be able to offer that wonderful species of Pseudacanthicus. Currently we have even a number of specimens of LDA7 in an ideal size in stock.

For our customers: the fish have code 26480-LDA007-7 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Iguanodectes arrived!01.04.2014

We can offer currently three of the extremely attractive, only very occasionally imported species of Iguanodectes. from Venezuela arrived Iguanodectes geisleri (see and I. adujai, and from Brazil we obtained a species that porbably represents I. purusii.

For our customers: the animals have code 264612 (I. geisleri), 264353 (I. adujai), and 264402 (I. cf. purusii) on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Available in very limited numbers only!

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Apistogramma cacatuoides Mega Orange01.04.2014

An orange sport of the cockatoo dwarf cichlid is already known for quite a long time. But now we received for the first time a new strain that has really wonderful orange coloration. The breeder calls it "Mega Orange" - and we agree!

For our customers: the fish have code 617343 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Available in very limited numbers only!

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Poecilia wingei Blue Star01.04.2014

Poecilia wingei is also known as the Endler´s Guppy, named after the most common local variety of that species in the hobby. It stays much smaller than the common guppy and this daintiness makes the fish very attractive for many aquarists. As in the common guppy a lot of local varieties can be observed in P. wingei. The
"Blue Star" has been collected in 2010 by Phillippe Voisin and friends in Venezuela; this is the reason why some call them French Blue Endler. We can offer that beautiful fish now in small numbers for the first time. They have been bred in Thailand.

For our customers: the animals have code 419106 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Campylomormyrus compressirostris24.03.2014

Currently only very occasionally importations from the DR Congo appear - mainly due to the unsatisfying flight situation. So it is highly appreciated that we finally were able to import some specimens of the bizarre genus Campylomormyrus that bear the common name elephant fishes. Systematics of Campylomormyrus are rather complicated; in all probability our fish belong to the species C. compressirostris which has been regarded as a synonym of C. rhynchophorus for a long time. The species attains a maximum length of about 20 cm.

Against conspecifics these elephant fishes are very quarrelsome. So one must offer a lot of hiding place, if more than one specimen should be kept in a tank. Frozen bloodworm are a proofed basic food for these fishes.

For our customers: the fish have code 109603 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Procatopus aberrans and P. nototaenia24.03.2014

One of the beautiful species of Procatopus which we were able to import from Cameroon, has already been introduced to you: P. similis from Mundemba ( Now two additional species follow: Procatopus aberrans from Ossing and P. nototaenia from Yabassi. The latter is sometimes considered to be an undescribed species by killifish specialists and then called  P. cf. nototaenia.

All species of Procatopus are wonderful schooling fish for experienced aquarists.

For our customers: the animals have code 343118 (P. aberrans Ossing) and 343133 (P. nototaenia Yabassi) on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

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