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Hisonotus aky
May 1, 2009
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I picked up a a half dozen of these recently. They are a beautiful, little member of the Otothyrini family. They are a brilliant green with dark vertical stripes and currently are a massive 15mm TL.
I don't suppose anyone has ever had these in their care at all?

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May 1, 2009
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Lovely fish Pablito /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

I did know someone who had spawned these, they seemed happy enough but didn't make any attempt to spawn until he planted the tank heavily with Hygrophylia polysperma and they loved munching on the leaves and spawned soon after.

They also readily ate shrimp pellets and the small shrimp algae wafers.

They are also fairly easy to sex with the Males having a more spotted pattern, less vivid green colouration and longer fins (especially the caudal fin)and they are visibly slimmer from above. Females very green and vent is shorter and blunt

May 1, 2009
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Thanks for that. It add a bit more information to what I already have.
Paul

QUOTE (Mad Duff @ May 1 2009, 12:19 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Lovely fish Pablito /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

I did know someone who had spawned these, they seemed happy enough but didn't make any attempt to spawn until he planted the tank heavily with Hygrophylia polysperma and they loved munching on the leaves and spawned soon after.

They also readily ate shrimp pellets and the small shrimp algae wafers.

They are also fairly easy to sex with the Males having a more spotted pattern, less vivid green colouration and longer fins (especially the caudal fin)and they are visibly slimmer from above. Females very green and vent is shorter and blunt

May 1, 2009
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My jaw dropped when I first saw them and it's just gone again. /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> I take it these aren't commercially available?

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May 1, 2009
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Commercial availability ? /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />
Yes they are available in small numbers from a small shop in Wigan /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />
I have another 50 pcs coming in soon ... But they go fast
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Keep an eye on the forum if you want some

May 2, 2009
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Oh man if I still lived in England I would definitely travel for those. And the Opsarius. And the Glyptothorax. Sigh... /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

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May 2, 2009
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you could always get Duncan to get some for you and keep them until you can get hold of them. That's if you trust him of course! /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

QUOTE (Matt @ May 2 2009, 09:59 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oh man if I still lived in England I would definitely travel for those. And the Opsarius. And the Glyptothorax. Sigh... /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

May 2, 2009
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QUOTE (pablito @ May 2 2009, 10:44 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
you could always get Duncan to get some for you and keep them until you can get hold of them. That's if you trust him of course! /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />


Hah sure, if he pays for more tanks /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

May 3, 2009
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Yeah I think there's more chance of the fish booking their own flights here unfortunately. /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

Any more info on these guys? Tank set-up, water chemistry etc.?

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May 3, 2009
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Suitable for small to medium aquariums with plants such as Echinodorus, (e.g. E. horemanii) with intense lighting to aid plant and algae growth.
Best substrates are sand or fine gravel - pH: 7-7.2 - DH: 10 - Temperature: 22 - 26°C

During spawning the eggs are laid on the Echinodorus leaves and on the aquarium glass, the fry hatch within 36 - 40 hours, and attach themselves by the mouth to the plant leaves or aquarium glass.

One strange thing is that fry that are not provided with Echinodorus plants are found to be 20 - 25% slower growing, so it is thought that an essential element in their diet is a component of that plant species or algae that is present only with that plant.
Fairly fast growing fry - 30 days, 1.5 - 1.8 cm. 60 days, 3.5 - 4 cm.

May 8, 2009
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For anybody in the UK who is interested another small shipment of these gems arrives next Tuesday at Pier Aquatics in Wigan. Speed is of the essence as word gets out. You may need "Marquess of Queensbury gloves" on to get some. /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

May 9, 2009
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Very pretty!! I love plecs...havent ever seen this kind over here though.

October 28, 2009
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Update on my Aky.
I have just had a hatching of these little beauties and will post some pics as soon as I am able. /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

October 28, 2009
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Superb Paul looking forward to hearing more. /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

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October 29, 2009
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QUOTE (Matt @ Oct 28 2009, 03:45 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Superb Paul looking forward to hearing more. /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

here's a couple of pics I took last night with my new USB microscope. They are feeding on a multiplicity of algae on glass, anubias and within the fronds ofthe java moss. They also hopefully will feed on the bbs and microworm their parents get from time to time.
Have to say that I'm more than pleased with this spawning. /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

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October 29, 2009
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Awesome. /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" /> The adults aren't algae eaters then?

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QUOTE (Matt @ Oct 29 2009, 05:48 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Awesome. /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" /> The adults aren't algae eaters then?

Matt
they are algae eaters but due to the speed at which they munch through it I've been experimenting with all types of manufactured, veggie and meaty bits. They're fond of tabimin, bbs, microworm, zm000, spirulina flake which all seems to sustain them in good condition. Certainly enough to get to spawning condition.
Paul

October 29, 2009
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They look awesome - I so wish I had my old set up to put them in!! /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" /> /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

May 20, 2012
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Hello all, these little beauts are now back in the UK hobby after 3 years abscence.

They can be had from our premier UK LFS, Pier Aquatics, in Wigan. They're in lovely condition as usual with the fish here.

They are feeding well on easy to find processed fish foods.

 

Paul

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Just adjusted the thread title as it's in Hisonotus now. Would definitely get involved in these if still in the UK. Frown

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