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D. auropurpureus
July 8, 2013
5:55 pm
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Rüdiger
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For two years (almost to the day) I have been on a wild goose chase for these. 

Today, I only wanted to pick up some live food and there they are. They are wild, not as bad as I expected but still enough for some motion blur! Frown Of course, the dirty glass doesn't help too much either. Embarassed

Here's a little sneak preview with better Photos to come:

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July 8, 2013
6:34 pm
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It's a very nice fish. I kept them some 10 years ago. I got them at the same time as Danio erythromicron and Microrasbora rubescens which are also from Lake Inlé. All three species were kept and bred under similar conditions - and all of them seem to be about as easy to breed as your typical Danio.

 

Compared to other wild caught specimens I've seen, these look rather nice.

July 8, 2013
7:36 pm
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Sorry, @plesner there might be a misunderstanding!

When I said "wild" I meant constantly on the move, skittish!! From what I could find out, they are tank bred!

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July 9, 2013
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Gorgeous fish Rudi, and the male D. margaritatus looks pretty special as well.

How are you finding their behaviour in your nicely-decorated tank? Had mine in a rocky hill stream-type arrangement and they were really skittish until a group of D. choprae was added.

Cake or death?
July 9, 2013
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Hi Matt,

unfortunately I didn't have all that much time to observe them yesterday but they are a lot "calmer" than I was led to believe by the many reports I had read on the species. I actually expected a lot of jumping already whilest acclimatizing them in a 5 l bucket with drip pipe. They were nervous and skittish at any movement but never jumped.

After introduction to the tank, six of the 8 specimens I got were out and about immediately, with only 2 specimens hiding amongst the plants for about 40 minutes. The photos were taken about half an hour after introduction and I think the colours say it all. They seem to like it. Eventhough the camera (including my ugly mug) was right at the front pane of the tank, they showed caution but never any panic. It could have helped though, that they were immediately surrounded by D. choprae, a large group of D. margaritatus and their congeners D. pathirana. 

I will sit and watch for a couple of hours today, so there'll be more info and hopefully beter pics at the end of the day. :-)

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July 9, 2013
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Very nice Rudi. Just those Sawbwa to find now!

July 9, 2013
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Laugh Speaking straight from my heart Tom! Laugh

But if I ever do find them, they'll have to get a new tank! This one has reached it's limits as far as numbers are concerned!

Not that I'd mind another tank of course Wink but first there is the missus and then planning the inevitable move towards the end of the year. And for that matter, I can easily do without even more glass, water and swimmers to be considered!! Confused

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July 9, 2013
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Great looking fish Rudi. I've been watching these for some time in my LFS but I have no place to put them. Yours look in fine shape.

July 9, 2013
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Thanx Jim, they are indeed in very good nick! Smile

The one good thing about my LFS is, that it sprouts some fairly unique caracters!

There's one guy (a man of the first hour but only part time by now) who does the unspeakable!! He orders in species, which he knows wont sell easily, just because he likes them and wants to have some fun with them himself!! :-D Yesterday for instance, he had a group of really superb D. malabaricus (~ 65 mm SL) in another tank. You can imagine how hard it was to abstain and pretend I didn't see them at all!! :-D To make things worse, the old chap pointed them out quite insistantly! Yell

I'll be patient until after the abovementioned move and then, with the blessing of my dearly beloved wife, I can expand on suitable habitats. Wink

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July 9, 2013
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@Matt : concerning the D. margaritatus you mentioned.

I am lucky enough to have some really beautiful specimens in my shoal, compared to what I see on sale or in breeders tanks.

Here are the two "most productive". :-)

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July 9, 2013
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plaamoo said

Great looking fish Rudi. I've been watching these for some time in my LFS but I have no place to put them.

I know your pain all too well.... Hellweg was offering them last week, it would have been free shipping for me on top of other fish, but no space :(

July 9, 2013
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" He orders in species, which he knows wont sell easily, just because he likes them and wants to have some fun with them himself!!"

There was a guy at my LFS that did the same. Unfortunately he's gone!

 

I feel for ya Mike(not), with your 150 tanks! Laugh

July 9, 2013
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I feel for ya Mike(not), with your 150 tanks! Laugh

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July 9, 2013
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Hi all , did these used to be Inlecypris ?

 

July 9, 2013
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Yes Andy, that's correct. And before that they used to be Barilius I believe.

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July 10, 2013
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Good day all,

a few more notes on behaviour of D. auropurpureus.

All 8 specimens had calmed down a lot by yesterday afternoon already, only getting a bit jumpy when I moved too fast in front of the tank. This morning, they were absolutely cool, calm and collected. Even when I opened the tank cover and was busy from above the tank with feeding, thre was no sign of panic or even undue nervousness.

They have made great buddies with D. choprae and putting those two together looks like the right recipe to settle them in quickly. They had a voracious appetite this morning, going for large amounts of mixed live food as well as some granules afterwards.

They did show a very curious behaviour though, which I have observed with D. pathirana too, when I introduced those the weekend before last. They seem to have a ........ well, let's call it "confinement memory". Both species were kept in 50 cm tanks and that was exactly the distance they would swim in the 160 cm tank before they'd turn around and swim 50 cm back! Both species were going on like this for two days, until I intervened and very gently herded them through the whole tank. I have never seen this kind of behaviour in any other species?

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July 25, 2013
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Learnimg the hard way!! Yell

Due to very high temperatures at the moment, I had to additionally airate my "Asian River" as to keep oxygene levels bearable. As none of the species in the tank had ever shown any tendency to jump, instead of cutting a small recess for the air pipe into the pane of the cover, I just left a gap.

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Anyway, 5mm are way too narrow to get through or that's what I thought. Here's the result of my stupidity:

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One D. auropurpureus had gone on an unauthorised HALO jump! Cry

I guess you all know the feeling when you want to strangle yourself!!?? Embarassed

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P.S. I fond the guy almost 3 m away from the tank!!! Confused

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