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Gastromyzon viriosus, scitulus and unidentified sp.
June 25, 2011
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Hi

Got 3 species today which I have ID'd as G. viriousus (very nice!), scitulus (I think), and another which I'm struggling to nail and ID on, though I'm leaning towards G. zebrinus. Sorry about the poor pics, they wouldnt keep still and the light was terrible.

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June 25, 2011
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Hi
beautiful find, very nice viriousus!!
I think your ID is absolutely correct.
The first is unmistakably a viriousus, the second is a scitulus and the last two are zebrinus.

June 25, 2011
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Thank you very much. I might go back and get some more viriosus.

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June 25, 2011
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Beautiful find indeed! May be my favorite fish. I don't understand why we don't get g. viriousus over here /angry.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":angry:" border="0" alt="angry.gif" />

June 25, 2011
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Nice finds. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> IDs look good to me, too.

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June 25, 2011
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A really nice collection /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" />

Do you think beauties like those would go with Homaloptera? I took out all Pg.cheni as they'd be too rough in temper for the Hom's and most likely chase them from their food. I am tempted to add some G's as well but don't dare to disturb the peace, the H's are in harmony with the stiphodon and the one left Sicyopterus (which eats up all the algae, that could bother the G's).
Are G's in general relaxed or more like Pg.cheni?

June 25, 2011
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Mine are really placid compared to the Pseudogastromyzon which rules the tank despite being the smallest fish in there. Guessing they'd do fine with Homaloptera Wolfram. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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June 26, 2011
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Do you think beauties like those would go with Homaloptera?

I think they would be a great addition.
Gastromyzon are much more peaceful and well behaved than for instance Pseudogastromyzon, Beaufortia, Sewellia.

June 26, 2011
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This is sooo out of focus and bad light but at one point you can see the fins of the viriosus, which when under good lighting are gorgeous. All three species are in the show tank prior to going into the aquarium.

What is interesting is that in the shop they were all m ixed in together as one species (and I think there were ctenocephalus in there too) but the tank just had sand and one rock in the middle. All the viriosus were on the rock and all other species were on the sides of the tank, which is what has happened in my tank.

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June 26, 2011
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Exactly the same mix of species I found my G. viriosus in! Did you just buy one of each?

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June 26, 2011
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2 viriosus and 1 each of the others. I've got to be careful cos its only a small tank and hasnt been running long.

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June 26, 2011
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To settle in, they need plenty of rest, they do not tolerate stress well.
When you have not enough algae growth in the tank, flakes with much of spirulina can be very helpful.
Like these: http://www.tropical-deutschlan.....de/shop/pr...138c8a1b1822e2a
or these, but I have not tried until now. Apparently the perfect food for G. viriousus??
http://www.jbl.de/de/aquaristi.....suesswasse...ogranovert-mini
G. viriousus is a little bit more demanding like the other species.

Sometimes you can also find him in the LFS mixed with Hypergastromyzon humilis.

July 2, 2011
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thanks for sharing your experience re Gastromyzon characters. When I have a chance to open another Quarantine tank I'll go for it. Means I'll set up 3 tank systems, one for "vakuum cleaners" like Botia-like loaches, Garras and Cats etc. and some small ones that have coped with them so far (Yunnanilus brevis, Threadfin rainbows, schistura... all prooven in one team so far, even though it sounds a bit akward, it's working surprisingly fine, but still is not recommended though). 2nd setup is a hillstream with Sewellia, Pseudogastromyzon, Stiphodon, Pangio and Y.sidhimunki which is already set up and works fine too, (due to a really tight planted jungle in the center and water circling around it, even a pair of dwarf Gouramis has been breeding in there, theoretically they'd really not fit into a "hilly-setup" at all - but it was not planned to become a hilly. 3rd to come will be the Homaolptera and Gastromyzon setup, with any Sicyopterus if I can find any. In general hillstream fish seem to enjoy plants with wide leafs a lot, as its increasing their surface to cling on and hide.

Re Spirulina flakes, I've tried the ones from JBL and they get eaten. Not really appreciated like kelp-pellets, but once a week or all ten days works. More often they will not get accepted. I tasted the flakes myself and found them very spicy - same taste as the algae ones used for sushi. JBL novofect tabs fall appart into dust and thus end up in the filter, therefore I've staid away from tab's in general, but I could give it a try again.

July 3, 2011
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I've been crushing Sera tablets for mine and they eat those for sure too.

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July 3, 2011
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Also tried crushed Sera vipachips for the first time with Homaloptera yesterday. I thought I overfeed as the folks did leave them alone for quite a while, but in the evening all was gone. Doublechecked - bellies were round. Those "chips" take more than 24 hours to fall apart. Other dry food is some micro-pellets from JBL, which the take very well, don't know which one as the store re-packs from large containers, I asked ones, but I forgot.

July 3, 2011
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In my opinion it's very important that the food contains enough proteins for their very active lifestyle.
Therefore, foods for cichlids are particularly suitable.
I've also tried Sera Vipachips, they like it, but the but the composition is not ideal.
After years of testing that are my favorites for all kind of hillstreams: Tropical Spirulina super forte fakes, Tropical D-50 Plus Diskus flakes, Söll Organix Shrimp Sticks and of course a lot of frozen food.

July 9, 2011
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the summerdays make it easy to collect live larva for feeding

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some Dytiscidae somehow also found the little box with some forgotten Echinodorus and landed, here a picture "breathing"

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