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Bagrichthys macracanthus02.09.2015



Currently we can offer a very seldom imported, unusual catfish from Southeast Asia (eastern Sumatra): Bagrichthys macracanthus. This catfish attains a maximum length of about 20 cm. In the wild, the species inhabits river portions with only very low current. Against conspecifics males are quite quarrelsome; kept by pair or in groups composed of one male and an overhang of female specimens they are peaceful against each other. Sexually ripe animals can be easily sexed, for the males develop a very unusual, penis-like urogenital papilla; this papilla is normal-shaped in females. However, females can be recognized even in much younger specimens (ours are about 8-10 cm long) by the much deeper body.



Against tankmates Bagrichthys macracanthus - they are called Black Lancer in the trade - are peaceful. One should keep them not along with animals smaller than about one quarter of the length of the Black Lancer, for otherwise they may serve as food. Bagrichthys macracanthus is night active and needs caves and other hiding places during the day to feel comfortable. At feeding times the catfish leave their hiding places even by day. They feed readily on any type of usual food used for ornamental fishes. The chemical composition of the water is meaningless. The water temperature should be between 24 and 28°C.



For our customers: the fish have code 368482 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





The fourth Retroculus has been described02.09.2015

In our newsletter from the last weekend we mentioned that besides the three described species of Retroculus also an undescribed one exists. Sadly we overlooked that the undescribed has been in fact described in June this year: Retroculus acherontos from the Rio Tocantins. The species is distinguished from all other species of Retroculus by a hump on the fronthead (visible in specimens from 12-13 cm length) and the fact the the dark spot in the soft part of the dorsal fin is situated in the median part of that fin and not, like in all other Retroculus, near the back. Additional species differences are not visible in live fish.

As far as we know this beautiful fish has not been imported yet. Pictures of freshly captured, living fish can bee seen in the most current issue of Amazonas Magazine (No 61 for September/October 2015).

Literatur:

Landim, M. I. , C. R. Moreira and C. A. Figueiredo (2015): Retroculus acherontos, a new species of cichlid fish (Teleostei) from the Rio Tocantins basin. Zootaxa 3973 (no. 2): 369-380

Text: Frank Schäfer






Gymnocorymbus socolofi02.09.2015



It´s been quite a long time that we were able to import this pretty tetra - Gymnocorymbus socolofi - from Colombia. Very small specimens look very much alike the Yellow Tetra (Hyphessobrycon bifasciatus), but the larger they grow the more the shape of the body becomes alike a Gymnocorymbus. Finally we received the pretty orange finned tetra again.



For our customers: the fish have code 254792 on our stocklist. Please note that we supply exclusively the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Laetacara fulvipinnis02.09.2015



Only very rarely this beautiful dwarf cichlid becomes imported. Nevertheless it is known in the hobby for quite a long time. Since 1978 it was named "Aequidens sp. Orange Fin", later, after the splitting of Aequidens and Laetacara in separate genera, Laetacara sp. "Orange Fin". The scientifical valid description appeared only in 2007, when Staeck and Schindler named the species Laetacara fulvipinnis. The natural distribution of the species is in Venezuela, where it inhabits the upper reaches of the rivers Orinoco and Rio Negro.



After many, many years we were able now to import L. fulvipinnis. Our recent imports are large, fully grown fish. The largest males are almost 9 cm long (including the caudal fin)! Like all members of the genus Laetacara the fish are comparatively peaceful and do not destroy plants. The species is an open brooder with a pair family.


For our customers: the fish have code 683304 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Pterophyllum "dumerili"02.09.2015

Pterophyllum "dumerili"



We received really breathtaking beautiful angels belonging to the species Pterophyllum leopoldi, among them animals in show-size. On our stocklist the fish are named P. dumerili. Although we know of course that - technically speaking - P. dumerili is only a synonym of P. scalare and our fish belong to the properly described species P. leopoldi, we have to accept that most aquarists know this species of angel under the wrong name dumerili.



For our customers: we have animals of two sizes in stock, xl (code 699005), and show size (these are the fish we depicted here, code 699007). Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Acrossocheilus paradoxus26.08.2015



We received this interesting fish from Taiwan. It can be kept as well in unheated aquaria as in garden ponds. The species usually attains a length around 12 cm. This means that our specimens are adult already. Maximum size recorded is around 20 cm. Males have a by far larger anal fin than the females. The species is peaceful and accepts readily any type of usual food.


For our customers: the fish have code 361903 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Megalamphodus sweglesi Albino26.08.2015



For the first time ever we obtained from our breeder the albino sport of that fish. Independent of the question wether one likes albinos or not: the somewhat spooky fish deserve the common name Red Phantom Tetra rather than the wild type. And for sure friends of artificial sports will love this new one!



For our customers: the fish have code 267303 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer





Gorgeous Dicrossus maculatus arrived!26.08.2015



Dicrossus maculatus belongs for sure to the most beautiful dwarf cichlids at all. But we hardly ever have seen so pretty specimens like the ones we currently were able to import!



The photos are taken from specimens we currently have in stock. The water in the photo-tank has been coloured with dead leaves to a strong amber colour in order to make the fish feel as comfortable as possible. However, on the photos this gives a impression of more yellow-orange coloration on the body than is extant. But we hesitated to correct this by Photoshop, for the overall colours would look unnatural in that case.



For our customers: the animals have code 668506 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer







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