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Apistogramma sp. 'vielfleck'
February 9, 2012
12:27 am
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My female brought out her second spawning yesterday, a great big spawning at that..

If the Belo Monte Dam project across the Rio Xingu does see these fish made extinct or rare in the trade then it would certainly be a easy task to establish breeding stocks of this fish.. I already have around 300 of them!

Freeswimming today.
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I love the male, hes matured into a stunning and colourful fish.
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February 9, 2012
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Nice fish Ste, but what on earth is that post about?? /blink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.gif" />

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February 9, 2012
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QUOTE (Matt @ Feb 9 2012, 08:50 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nice fish Ste, but what on earth is that post about?? /blink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.gif" />

The Apistogramma sp 'vielfleck' is a rarely seen fish in the trade, most stocks are wild caught and the first import into the UK for many years took place in August last year..

The 'vielfleck' are a morph of A.sp 'Xingu' and obviously the Belo Monte Dam project threatens the existance of these fish along with many others that live in the Rio Xingu and its tributaries.

Because of the large size of the broods and the fact that they are easy to breed i commented that it will not be that difficult to create and maintain a captive bred population.

There is every chance of the fish being made extinct or its distribution seriously compromised once the dam is completed. We may rely on captive bred fish in future if this species is to be kept alive.

February 9, 2012
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That's not what I was referring to...

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February 9, 2012
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QUOTE (Matt @ Feb 9 2012, 10:52 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
That's not what I was referring to...

You lost me Matt???

February 9, 2012
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This thread looked different when I looked at it last night, but it's fixed now so no matter. Good info you posted anyway. /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

Do you know which general part of the Xingu basin these come from?

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February 9, 2012
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QUOTE (Matt @ Feb 9 2012, 11:25 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
This thread looked different when I looked at it last night, but it's fixed now so no matter. Good info you posted anyway. /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

Do you know which general part of the Xingu basin these come from?

For some reason the initial post came up as a quote.. That will teach me for copying direct from another forum post /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" /> Fixed and tidied up now as you had me paranoid that i was talking in a strange language that no one could understand!!

The general location is listed as lower Xingu in the Vicinity of the town of Victoria do Xingu, the species was first reported by Koslowski 2002 to have been collected by Lucanus in the Igarape Tucurui.. According to Google earth this is just down river from Belo Monte where i assume the dam is being constructed..I dont know quite what impact the Dam will have on A.sp'Vielfleck' and hundreds of other fish from small jungle steams down stream from the Dam, i can only assume that the diverted flow will dry up the majority of these small creeks and streams that hold so many interesting species. Many like Apistogramma sp 'vielfleck' are not even scientifically described and im sure there are many more still awaiting discovery! Lost forever if the hype over the dam is to believed(and i do believe most of it!)

February 9, 2012
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From what I've read, some tributaries are supposed to be in danger of drying plus a substantial amount of forest is due to be flooded so others are likely to just be swallowed up. /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

The spot you mention is lower down than the dam though not so far away; the top flag on this map is Vitória do Xingu and the bottom one more-or-less corresponds to the dam site.

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