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Taeniacara candidi.. a close shave!
December 23, 2011
2:46 pm
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Taeniacara candidi is a very rare little cichlid which does not pop up on a regular basis, i first started looking for this species around 7-8 years ago and got lucky around 2008 when Mark Breeze went to Holland on a fish shopping trip and bought some back, i bought a pair and have had them in the fishroom ever since, once or twice a year wild or unrelated stock does become available and i have crossed my lines out to keep them strong and viable..

Its been a enjoyable 4 years keeping and maintaining this fish and at any one time ive always made sure i had at least 4 pairs available to myself..

Recently i have lost a few fish due to old age and didnt have any youngsters left in the fishroom, i was down to my last pair 3 weeks ago and decided i had to get them into a breeding tank to secure the line, the pair spawned last week and straight away the female killed the male in defense of the spawn!! I was now down to the very last fish in the fishroom plus a few eggs clearly visable on the ceiling of the spawning cave!! She finally brought out a smallish spawn of around 30 fry at the beginning of the week so im pleased to secure a few more fish to be spread around dedicated breeders in the future.

Heres the female in aggressive broodcare pose!
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December 23, 2011
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Nice! This is a fish I want to keep some day. I didn't know they were that rare though? I see them on the lists (from Glaser and Alex) a lot. Right now both Alex and Glaser has them in stock. Well done on preservering your line though!

December 24, 2011
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QUOTE (oaken @ Dec 23 2011, 10:37 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nice! This is a fish I want to keep some day. I didn't know they were that rare though? I see them on the lists (from Glaser and Alex) a lot. Right now both Alex and Glaser has them in stock. Well done on preservering your line though!

Ive kept fish for around 20 years and have still yet to see T.candidi stocked in any of my local shops, im a committee member of the British cichlid association and know almost all of the serious dwarf cichlid breeders in the UK, very few keep this species and as far as i know im the only person to maintain this for this length of time! there are few written breeding reports and in 25 years of the BCA cichlidae magazine there are only 2 written breeding reports entered by committed cichlid experts.

All this adds up in my eyes to the fish being rarely seen here in the UK, it is available at certain times of the year which i already mentioned but for vast periods of time you cannot find them for love nor money, its not commercially produced nor is it commercially collected from Brasil on a regular basis.

I didnt want to start a debate on what constitutes a rare fish!! i would say that 90% of the fish mentioned in this forum can be classed as rare, simply due to the fact that they are not run of the mill fish commercially bred in huge numbers and not found in every garden center up and down the country. Just cos a few experts here can source the fish does not make it common or easy to find! most aquarists here are advanced and can source the nicer fish easier than most!!

December 24, 2011
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Glaser and Alex , whats Alex , I know Glaser but haven't heard of Alex ?

December 24, 2011
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QUOTE (ste12000 @ Dec 24 2011, 08:55 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just cos a few experts here can source the fish does not make it common or easy to find! most aquarists here are advanced and can source the nicer fish easier than most!!

Which "experts" would these be? Don't know anyone here that would refer to themselves in those terms Ste...

Plenty of species are more readily available on the continent than in the UK; I guess they simply sell better over there?

Cake or death?
December 24, 2011
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QUOTE (Matt @ Dec 24 2011, 01:11 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Which "experts" would these be? Don't know anyone here that would refer to themselves in those terms Ste...

Plenty of species are more readily available on the continent than in the UK; I guess they simply sell better over there?

They may not refer to themselves as experts but i certainly regard a few members here as 'experts' /wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" /> /wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" />

December 24, 2011
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QUOTE (andy rushworth @ Dec 24 2011, 11:42 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Glaser and Alex , whats Alex , I know Glaser but haven't heard of Alex ?

Alex is a Czech wholesaler. For what it's worth Alex has Taeniacara candidi in stock and Glaser has german bred ones in stock.

Fair enough though, ste. I didn't want to start a discussion on what constitutes a rare fish but I was simply wondering since I've seen them on the lists. Then again a lot of fish that would have been considered extremely rare just a few years ago are now becoming quite readily avaialable. Anyway, good job on keeping them going for that long!

December 25, 2011
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Gustav I believe the full name is Alex Tropicals.

I have ordered from them four times, but they have been getting the bad habit of adding Kattapang leaves to the bags before sending them.

I have lost a couple that were in really bad shape when they arrived. And the last time when I ordered Nothobranchius virgatus it took three weeks before they recovered.

That said they got quite a few "rare" species, often at excellent prices.

December 25, 2011
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QUOTE (Senor Bastardo @ Dec 25 2011, 08:29 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Gustav I believe the full name is Alex Tropicals.

I have ordered from them four times, but they have been getting the bad habit of adding Kattapang leaves to the bags before sending them.

I have lost a couple that were in really bad shape when they arrived. And the last time when I ordered Nothobranchius virgatus it took three weeks before they recovered.

That said they got quite a few "rare" species, often at excellent prices.

Ah, right. Thanks. Yes, I heard from Jan about the big losses in shipments coming from them lately.

Oh well, I guess we should end the off topic talk now /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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