06. Herrings relationship (2)

Denticeps clupeoides

11. February 2022

Herring can usually only be kept in the aquarium with enormous effort; moreover, most species live in the sea. Denticeps clupeoides is a small freshwater herring, it grows to a maximum length of 15 cm, but specimens over 8 cm in length are very rarely encountered. It lives in larger shoals near the surface in rivers in western Africa, our specimens come from Nigeria.

The species is somewhat sensitive to transport because of the high oxygen demand, but is imported from time to time. These restless swimmers are interesting aquarium fishes with much to be explored. They are peaceful animals that should only be kept together with other completely peaceful fish. Feeding is easy, any commercially available ornamental fish food, including dry food, is accepted, however Denticeps do not like to eat from the bottom. These fish love strong currents. The chemical water composition is of secondary importance for the care. Breeding reports are not available yet.

For our customers: the fish have code 120973 on our stocklist. Please note that we supply exclusively to wholesalers.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Anchoviella alleni

3. May 2019

We received a very special fish from Peru: Anchoviella alleni, one of the very few representatives of the sardine family (Engraulididae) that lives exclusively in freshwater. The species attains a maximum length of about 10 cm. Our specimens have about half of that size. The supposed males are more slender, slightly larger and the swim bladder has a different shape, compared with the supposed females.

For our customers: the fish have code 204032 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Available in limited numbers only!

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer