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Centromochlus heckelii

30. January 2017

It is a pity that we can offer this interesting driftwood catfish only very rarely and in small numbers. The species has a wide distribution in the Amazon and Orinoco river basins. It attains a maximum length of about 14-15 cm. Our specimens originate from Peru; here is also the type locality for the species.Two features in that fish are very obvious: the large eyes and the also large pectoral fins which are always spread. The spines of the pectoral fins should be taken with care: one can become nasty stung by them and the spines also tend to tengle up in the meshs of a net when it is necessary to catch the fish. The sexes can be distinguished best by the shape of the maxillary barbels: these barbels are curved in males, straight in females.

For our customers: the fish have code 214703 on our stocklist. Please note that we supply exclusively the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Acarichthys heckelii Albino

20. January 2017

We received this extraordinary and beautiful sport of Acarichthys heckelii from Taiwan. A. heckelii is a comparatively large species of cichlid that can attain over the years a total length of more than 20 cm. And the fish becomes more and more beautiful with every year! The species is very peaceful. Aquarium maintenance is comparable with Geophagus or the Ram, but A. heckelii is much less demanding in respect of the water chemistry. A. heckelii is a cave brooder that can be quite productive.

For our customers: the fish have code 601043 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos. Frank Schäfer