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What Is This Fish?
August 7, 2009
10:03 pm
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Reva
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experts...what is this guy and what does he eat? thanks!

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August 7, 2009
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Do you have a better image?

I would take a wild guess at Nannostomus eques, Hockeystick Pencilfish. If so, I think very small foods are needed as Pencilfish tend to have small mouths for their size.

August 8, 2009
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Luchiocephalus Pulcher , common name of pike head ! they are livebearing labyrinths , they get to about 6 inches and do well on a diet of small fishes Danio's etc ! they mouthbrood their young , years ago I bought a couple of them and as they went into their new tank they spat out a load of youngsters !

August 8, 2009
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thought the same Andy, i was playing about trying to get the pic bigger but to no avail. huh

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August 8, 2009
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an aquaintance who works in a fish shop got a shipment of them and doesnt know what they are. some of them died and wont eat. he has tried danios and they ate those. let me see if he will email me a bigger picture. thanks guys

August 8, 2009
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Hi Reva , it could be possible that the ones that are refusing to eat have young fishes in their mouths ? if I remember correctly mine only ever ate swimming food [ its a good while since ] b t w there is another member in the genus who's name escapes me , but they both look pretty similar .

Apart from their live food addiction they were pretty mild mannered non aggresive fish !

August 9, 2009
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Hey Andy the other one is L. aura. /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" /> Great id'ing skills from such a small image I must say!

Cake or death?
August 9, 2009
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QUOTE (Matt @ Aug 9 2009, 01:06 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Great id'ing skills from such a small image I must say!

I agree /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

August 9, 2009
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I am still waiting on a larger pic, and will ask him regarding possible mouth brooding. Too bad these ended up in a fish store *sigh* Thank you Andy and all

August 9, 2009
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Thanks , though its only because I've kept them myself /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

August 10, 2009
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Hopefully this bigger picture comes out Andy....

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August 10, 2009
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thats the babies, a shop near us gets them in every now and again, unusual but in a nice way is this fish.
the biggest problem is getting enough foods for them.

mick

August 10, 2009
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Hi Reva , they look in pretty good condition !

August 10, 2009
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so they are Luchiocephalus Pulcher aka Pikehead ? Pikehead gar or cichlid? I am really ignorant on these guys....any guidelines for me to tell the guy who accidentally got them?

August 10, 2009
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August 10, 2009
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LuCiopephalus, and it's neither these are anabantoids Reva ie. quite closely-related to gouramis, bettas etc. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> Below is the only other described species, L. aura, aka peppermint pikehead; would love to have a crack at either as have passed on both in the past. *licks lips*

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Edit: is your friend keeping them with anything else? From what I hear these can swallow fish almost as large as themselves.

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August 11, 2009
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Hi Matt , not really sure of the prey size capabilities , as I only ever used Danios , personally I cant really see them eating anything to big ? they have what I'd describe as a protrudable mouth , not crocodile like but more flute like /wacko.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wacko:" border="0" alt="wacko.gif" /> is this making any sense /blink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.gif" /> /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" /> a bit like a Cycochelicthys only more exadurated /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

August 11, 2009
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Did you breed them Andy?

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August 12, 2009
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No, they must have brooded the young , then spat them out in my tank , I wasnt on my own I know another chap who this happened to and he raised them into adulthood , I didnt have enough tanks back then so I passed mine onto him !

August 12, 2009
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Those peppermint pikeheads are really pretty. /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" /> So are they sorta similar to Ctenopoma? both have horendous vacuum mouth capabilities and are "similar to gouramis", being labyrinth organ anabantoids...actually, I was thinking all along they sorta remind me of snakehead gouramis. So are fish the only things they will eat?
*wish I could snap my fingers and send you some Matt*

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