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Microctenopoma ansorgii

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    junebug
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    Does anyone know of some inverts and schooling fish appropriate to a true m. ansorgii biotope?  I’m working on one, and would really like to add some movement to the tank.  I was thinking Barbus hulstaerti would be a good choice, as they seem to occur in the same sort of environment as the ansorgii.  

    I have been able to find almost 0 information on specific collection data for m. ansorgii, so I’m just stuck looking at other fish from the Congo Basin and extrapolating from there.

    #354584

    george
    Participant

    http://www.coastfishclub.com/The_Ornate_Ctenopoma.pdf : “come from shallow water around Stanley Pool in West Africa”

    http://www.fishbase.org/summary/Microctenopoma-ansorgii.html : “verified from the Chiloango River, and widespread in the central Congo basin; possibly also in the Nyong”

    #354586

    Gloups
    Participant

    I have captured some Microctenopoma ansorgii… 30 years ago in central Zaïre! I remember that they were living among submersed dead leaves litter, with the top water barely visible, which was striking. The closest fishes regarding this specific habitat are certainly some Aphyosemion of the elegans group. Barbus hulstaerti was also present, but in the flowing water of the nearby small stream, together with some small cichlids, Epiplatys and some nice looking Procatopodinae.

    #354587

    hachge
    Participant

    In congo Brazzaville I collected them back in the 80′ in a pool with slow running water and 2 differents procatopus and catfisch,and cichlids differents species depending locations.

    #354610

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Superb info Gloups and Herve! Would you say that the habitats permanent or seasonal?

    #354810

    junebug
    Participant

    Oh my gosh guys, thanks so much!  So excited to hear from people who have actually been there and done that!

    I did end up getting B. hulstaerti (good my research proved correct).   However, a friend who’s bred ansorgii advised not to put them in the tank.  Because my intent is to breed the ansorgii, I don’t want to put the (very expensive) B. hulstaerti at risk of getting attacked for eating the occasional fry.  So they are going in their own tank LOL.

    I wish we could “like” posts here.  Everyone would be getting thumbs up! 

    #354812

    olly
    Participant

    Males in a fight.

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     Male in the calm state.

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     Female.

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    #354814

    junebug
    Participant

    Here are some photos of the tank from today.  A new air pump for the hamburg filter wall is on its way, should be here tomorrow.  After that I plan to remove the airstone, and no equipment will be visible inside the tank.

    Hopefully the plant roots will grow along the wall and cover the foam.  When I move in a few weeks, I also plan to cover it with sand again before putting it back together. :)

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    #354818

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Great stuff both – it is really about time that we have some profiles for this genus…

    #354845

    olly
    Participant

    Male and female together.

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      Male, pic without the flashlight.

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     Subordinate pose of the male when he sees a dominant male: presses fins to the body and raises several anterior rays of the dorsal fin.

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      They are still young. About 1,5 years. It is written that their sexual maturation occurs in the age of 1,5-2 years. Looking forward…

    #354894

    Matt
    Keymaster

    In my experience, you will know when they are mature as the males start to really batter each other. Please do keep this updated with your findings guys.

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