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Krobia sp. 'Xingu red cheek'
January 17, 2011
8:29 pm
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This is one of the long standing species on the fish house and one of the most gentle cichlids I've kept.

A few years back I collected 3 adult fish from a gent who had them in with his centrals, turns out I was about the 3rd member of the BCA to have kept this group over the past 5 or 6 years.

Fortunately I had 3 or 4 spawns from a pair that established but then (I'd say due to age) I slowly lost the adults. I had kept back a couple of youngsters off their last brood and last year I was able to add new blood to the group.

Given the amount of bickering that is going on amongst the group just now I'm hopeful that a pair will form and then nature can take its course again. Looking back I think this is one of those species where age leads to sexual maturity and this takes a couple of years at least...

The original pair (with a load of fry trailing after them);
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2 year old youngster from this pair (last March);
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And one of the new blood (I'd estimate about 3 year old now);
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Fascinating to watch the group bickering as the dark marks lighten or darken depending on who is picking on who!

Andrew

January 17, 2011
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Lovely photos of beautiful fish Andrew. Do you leave all the adults in together for spawning?

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January 18, 2011
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Stunning fish Andrew

January 18, 2011
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Stunning colours on them Andrew. I had picked a group of 6 when leaving the UK they grew well but lost them after a year due to a sudden nitrite spike. Hope to get some more sometime soon.

January 18, 2011
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QUOTE (Matt @ Jan 17 2011, 10:06 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Lovely photos of beautiful fish Andrew. Do you leave all the adults in together for spawning?

No, plan will be to separate the pair into their own tank. With the original group, once the pair formed although the gooseberry was tolerated in the tank it wasn't a harmonious situation...

QUOTE (Mark Duffill @ Jan 18 2011, 08:06 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Stunning fish Andrew

I like them a lot, it's another one of these understated fish (at least not all grey or brown this time) that have a very pleasant nature. I'll see if I can get some pictures of the others in the group, my own stock is now about a 1/3 bigger than the new blood (very slow growing...).

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January 18, 2011
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QUOTE (Nikhil @ Jan 18 2011, 09:09 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Stunning colours on them Andrew. I had picked a group of 6 when leaving the UK they grew well but lost them after a year due to a sudden nitrite spike. Hope to get some more sometime soon.

Morning Nik,

If I can get them breeding again then you're more than welcome to a new group of them.

Andrew

January 19, 2011
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Andrew do you have any idea of this is one of the species that will be affected by the Belo Monte dam project?

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January 19, 2011
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QUOTE (Matt @ Jan 19 2011, 08:20 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Andrew do you have any idea of this is one of the species that will be affected by the Belo Monte dam project?

Evening Matt,

No, Krobia sp. Xingu is from the upper reaches of the river (into the Mato Grosso district of Brazil).

My rough translation (from German) suggests this fish was found by Lowe-McConnell in 1991 some 1000 kilometres south of the usual range of Krobia (south and eastern slopes of the Guyana Shield) in the Lagoa Leo and Rio Suazhino (Upper Rio Xingu) and the upper tributaries of the Rio das Mortes (Araguaia River, which eventually feeds into the Tocantins).

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January 20, 2011
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Thanks a lot for the offer Andrew. If I know anyone coming from the UK I will definitely trouble you.

Regards

January 20, 2011
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Thanks for the info Andrew - you're really making me want to write a few cichlid profiles. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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January 20, 2011
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QUOTE (Matt @ Jan 20 2011, 08:00 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for the info Andrew - you're really making me want to write a few cichlid profiles. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

You know you want to /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" /> /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

I'll email across the profile and images I've just done for Chromidotilapia and C. guntheri!
http://www.apistogramma.co.uk/.....dex.php?op...a&Itemid=76
http://www.apistogramma.co.uk/.....dex.php?op...2&Itemid=77

Andrew

January 6, 2014
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Your Krobia are beautiful.  Any chance you still have them?

Best Regards,

Andy

 

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