August 12, 2008
I have had them from 2" and grown them to around 12", fast growing fish but I always found them to be fairly placid.
They eat pretty much anything and put up with pretty much anything water conditions wise, I always found mine to be more or less bomb proof.
Very big mouths for their size but I have only ever known them to take smaller fish on a couple of occasions but probably best to be kept with fish of similar size.
Oh and they cant half bloody jump /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />
June 24, 2008
August 27, 2008
There is one Leptobarbus from Borneo L.melanopterus that is absolutely stunning and though large not humongous, it is mush more colourful than Hovenii , the body is plain silver , the caudal has black commet marks aka Tinfoil barb though much more pronounced this is surrounded with the most intence blood red CRIMSON the dorsal fin is red also as is the anal and pelvics , the cheeks also have this intence red colouration , I've only ever seen them for sale once and then only two specimens both of which an old pal of mine bought , passing them onto me at a later date , I kept them for a couple of years before passing them on also ,I think they eventually grew to about 14 inches , I'm going back a good while as my tanks were not as large then so I couldn't do them justice really , they were also prone to a bit of skittiness and would possibly have benefitted from a reasonablly stocked tank of mixed cyprinids Lemonfins , Tinfoils etc, etc ?
Ta muchly for the info gents....and I'd just written in the notes of the profile that melanopterus has probably never been seen in the hobby. /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />
I agree with you completely Mick I've even said we're only including the species to discourage sales.
June 1, 2008
Matt fishkeepers must never place L.h. into an aquarium in which there has been a whitespot outbreak at any point in the past or let them be mixed with any fish, such as Clown loach, that is known to be whitespot prone. The reason for this, which I don't have an answer for, is that L.h. are very prone to severe outbreaks of protozoan problems and once this occurs the whole body becomes blanketed in white spots or flecks (similar to that which can haunt poorly cared for Synodontis brichardi)
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