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Filament/threadfin Glassfish
July 10, 2010
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Having just made it to Aquajardin in time yesterday and buying/collecting the Humphead Glassfish I've had my heart set on for several months, they have teased me with another gorgeous little glasfish that has come into stock!

PFK has a small article on them, saying they reach <4cm; best in heavy planted tanks; very shy and need peaceful small tankmates if mixed at all etc. etc. However, it does not suggest what size tank is suitable for these guys... Does anyone have any more info on them and whether I could seriously entertain keeping them with my Indian Red Tail Squirrel Loaches (Aborichtys elongatus) in the Korrall60, please? http://www.practical...nt.php?sid=2883

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July 10, 2010
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Mmm wish I was there as I'd definitely have a group. *licks lips* As far as I know this species inhabits peat swamps so is likely to need very soft, acidic water to survive long term. Not sure it'd make an ideal companion for Aborichthys since they're so nuts at feeding time?

I have a friend who's studying biodiversity in Malaysian fw fishes and happens to be here in Barcelona this week. Will ask him for more info tomorrow.

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July 10, 2010
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QUOTE (Matt @ Jul 10 2010, 09:52 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Mmm wish I was there as I'd definitely have a group. *licks lips* As far as I know this species inhabits peat swamps so is likely to need very soft, acidic water to survive long term. Not sure it'd make an ideal companion for Aborichthys since they're so nuts at feeding time?

I have a friend who's studying biodiversity in Malaysian fw fishes and happens to be here in Barcelona this week. Will ask him for more info tomorrow.

Thanks Matt, that would be great! /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

What little I've found on the net suggests that they may be adaptable to Southampton's water of kH 11 and gH 14.

My six Aborichys are usually very sedate until feeding time, when they're active, but I usually would not put them up there with the frenzy created by my Pearl Danios in the Rio240. Part of me wants to move the Squirrel Loaches over to the main tank anyway, as I'm sure it will be an "Aladdins cave" to them, but I do wonder how the two Opsarius will react (they have not knowingly harmed anyone yet, but they do play the "big bully" persona at times as regards tank areas).

Given how deep the Filament Glasfish get, I'm also wondering if they could join the Rio 240 group, or would they feel insecure around the bigger fish (Opsarius; Panda Garras; Humphead Glassfish; Yellowtail Congo Tetra)?

I guess there's also the issue of how many would be suitable for a 54l tank, if they went in the Korrall. They appear to need security of numbers, but the Juwel Bio 3 filter (currently with Juwel 1000 l/hr pump instead of the pathetic 280 standard which trickles in the Rio at the mo) isn't exactly reknowned for its majestic filtering properties! /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />
I'm guessing that something in the 10-15 ballpark might just be possible.

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July 12, 2010
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Can confirm these are found in heavily-vegetated swamps, lakes and should need soft, acidic water to thrive. I reckon you should be able to house a group of 10 or so in a 55l tank quite comfortably.

Personally I wouldn't try keeping them with any of the other fishes you have but you takes yer choices...

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QUOTE (Matt @ Jul 12 2010, 09:31 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Can confirm these are found in heavily-vegetated swamps, lakes and should need soft, acidic water to thrive. I reckon you should be able to house a group of 10 or so in a 55l tank quite comfortably.

Personally I wouldn't try keeping them with any of the other fishes you have but you takes yer choices...


Thanks for getting back to me on this species, Matt.

My superb LFS for less common fish in the trade (Aquajardin), has these in Southampton's finest tap water, which typically comes out at:-
pH 8.2
kH ~11
gH ~14

I had never considered them for my Rio240, by the way, as they are on the small side and it sounds like they would get stressed to death by my Opsarius (the Humpheads have so far been lovely placid fish with the others in the community, only the odd gestural disply of aggression within the group that never comes to anything, as my reading had suggested).

If I was to get any, it would be to go in my Juwel Korrall60, with my six Aborichthys "x" (will have to get pics, I think I might have all three species you have profiles for at SF) plus my newly transferred over Pearl Danio fry (six that are ~2cm long and two months old, one ~1cm and three weeks old).

This tank (Korrall60) is now both heavily planted (Cambomba; Anubias barteri nana;Microsporum pteropus; Java moss; [another fern-type plant]) and has reasonable water turnover (Juwel 1000l/hr pump on Juwel Compact 3 filter; Koralia 1 1400l/hr). There's a 12"x6" piece of "tunneled" bogwood in there too, along with two small strips of bogwood ~ 6"x2". Having decided to keep the Aborichthys in there at least for the near future, I do need to add some sand for them to burrow in.

This might be a a case of pictures/ 1000 words... Time to take some totally unprofessional photos, back in few mins! /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

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Going to have to work on getting all six Aborichthys photographed properly /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

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July 13, 2010
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A little video clip of these glassfish at the LFS, along with a lovely male Ornate Bushfish...

http://yfrog.com/83pict0019z

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