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Steatocranus Casuarius

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This topic contains 24 replies, has 4 voices, and was last updated by  Matt 9 years, 7 months ago.

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  • #299556

    dunc
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    Since seeing the S. tinanti in Brian’s shop (Penshaw Aquatics, well worth a visit people African Red-eyed Tetra. How compatible are they? I’ll be really throwing the water around in that tank.

    #306794

    Matt
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    What size is the tank mate? A. spilopterus get pretty big and are right nippy sods in my experience.

    #306795

    dunc
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    Only a three footer, so nowt huge. Knew there was something I’d forgotten to mention /laugh.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:lol:” border=”0″ alt=”laugh.gif” />

    #306796

    Matt
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    We-ell I reckon maybe some Alestopetersius, commonest species is Yellow-tailed Congo tetra A. caudalis (if you can find nigropterus which is the one in my avatar I may have to kill you dry.gif ) or African barbs of some kind would be better choices mate. Those red-eyes can be quite boisterous and greedy at feeding time and might look a bit cramped in a 3-footer.

    Also you don´t need to create tons of water flow like in a hillstream loach tank for Steatocranus. I´ve kept casuarius and they´re a bit like the Teleocichla I had in that they tend to stay out of the main water flow unless feeding. They prefer stiller areas the rest of the time but will appreciate some flow. An internal or external filter that´s rated for a tank a size or two above yours should do the job and that´ll give you more options for potential tankmates too. Just make sure the water´s really well-oxygenated by using a venturi or adding an airstone or two.

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    dunc
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    Cheers Mr Ford. The filter in there is already OTT aaannnddd I’ve got an air pump in for the fry, so it’s all good /ohmy.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:o” border=”0″ alt=”ohmy.gif” /> Any recommendations?

    Brian had a couple of female A. caudalis in and I did wonder if your avatar was a similar species. The fish in your avatar is particularly stunning, I certainly wouldn’t say no. It’d be like the peacock gobies all over again…

    #306798

    Matt
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    Rocky set-up perfect. Try to get proper rounded river rocks if you can and use a mix of sand and gravel as substrate. I hate that tufa stuff. You could chuck in a few plant pots or something if you can´t get enough rocks to form a decent network of caves which ideally they should have.

    My recommendations would be Barbus fasciolatus aka Barbus barilioides (second name now invalid and our pics REALLY don´t do it justice) or Barbus jae (see pic below) but that´s only because they´re the only two Africans I´ve kept. I´m sure Mick or someone will have some other ideas. Should be a really nice little set-up whatever you choose mate. /dry.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”<_ <" border="0" alt="dry.gif">

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    #306800

    dunc
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    That Barbus jae looks bloody gorgeous.

    Cheers Matt, will keep this updated. If Brian can’t get casuarius in, Trimar have them in stock. Have e-mailed asking for pics.. I’m pretty set on this now I think

    #306802

    Matt
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    Why not try tinanti, by the way?

    #306803

    dunc
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    I looked at both species a while back but it was the pictures of the casuarius that really got me interested in the first place. This picture = godlike:


    (© Hippocampus-Bildarchiv)

    #306804

    Matt
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    Lol, cool

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    #306805

    dunc
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    Yeah they are indeed a pretty little thing. TBH with the “dithers” it’s a case of picking something that’s available – haven’t seen either species of those barbs available up here or on Trimar’s list. Pah!

    #306806

    Matt
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    Just wait for Mick, Keith et al dood, they may well be able to help on that score…

    #306807

    mickthefish
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    sorry but i don’t think either of these two sp as beautiful as they are could live with the casuarius, they’re delicare b*gg*r especially the jae, fasciolatus are a bigger fish but they’re pretty meek and mild fish, trouble is with the african barbs that we get most are pretty bland in the looks department, i’d go with one of the asians as they don’t mind abit of roughness something like fasciatus there you have a fish with abit of colour and pattern as well as it being robust.

    mick

    #306808

    Matt
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    Ah good point Mick. /rolleyes.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:rolleyes:” border=”0″ alt=”rolleyes.gif” />

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    Reva
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    QUOTE(dunc @ Jun 27 2008, 02:17 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    It’d be like the peacock gobies all over again… /ph34r.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:ph34r:” border=”0″ alt=”ph34r.gif” />

    and pertaining to your question, what about Aurelius Barbs? Puntius arulius aka
    Puntius tambraparniei
    They are big, very pretty, easy to sex, easy to find, and from Africa!

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