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Steatocranus Irvinei And Gobiocichla Wonderi

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  • #299794

    dunc
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    Might be able to get hold of a pair of these guys..

    Can’t find much information other than this reasonable article. Anyone had any experience keeping them?

    TheAquariumWiki suggests they like low-mid current.. but their body shape would suggest otherwise?

    #310286

    Matt
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    I’ll check the Lamboj book for ya after brekky mate.

    #310295

    Matt
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    Big breakfast that! pretty fish. That do ya mate?

    #310314

    dunc
    Keymaster

    That’s superb Matt thanks. Would like to avoid the overly excessive Cichlids this time round :/

    Could you look up Gobiocichla wonderi for me?

    #310318

    Mark Duffill
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    The Gobiocichla wonderi are lovely looking fish, I know someone that had these and he housed them in a tank containing piles of big rocks and cobbles and he used the same river manifold setup used in hillstream loach river tanks and they thrived.

    He got them at around 3cm and they never went beyond 7cm, they could be very aggressive with each other at times but as long as their line of sight was broken with rocks they were fine. He did manage to spawn them but only ever saw a dozen or so young, I do remember him saying that they didn’t seem to like the lights to bright either, when the lights were dimmed down a bit they were less shy and showed better colours.

    #310320

    dunc
    Keymaster

    That actually sounds like the kind of thing I’m after

    #310339

    Matt
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    Lamboj basically confirms what Mark said, these are quite peaceful when not breeding. Max length 12cm for males and a bit less for females. Males have longer rays in the dorsal and anal fins. He also says its an easy species to keep and breed and that it’s a pair-bonding cave spawner. Habitat is given as “rapids of the upper and middle Niger system.”

    I reckon you could keep them in a similar set-up to the one I had my Teleocichla in dood but I’d be tempted to build one of those manifolds that Mark recommends as you’ll get uni-directional flow then.

    #310343

    dunc
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    Yeh I think that’s what I’ll go for.

    They’re being sold in pairs.. could I get away with two or three pairs, or should I stick to one?

    What am I looking at for “dither” fish? Danios etc?

    #310347

    Mark Duffill
    Participant

    Here is the river setup I have Dunc:




    And this was taken a couple of weeks ago:

    #310348

    Matt
    Keymaster

    I’d go for a group of at least 6 mate. Apparently they actually live in groups in the wild. Never thought I’d see the day when you would consider Danios but yeah they’d be perfect.

    #310352

    Mark Duffill
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    QUOTE (Matt @ Sep 26 2008, 05:24 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Mark, beautiful set-up mate. What lives in there?

    Cheers Matt – in there are:

    Sewellia lineolata – spawning
    Sewellia sp spotted – hopefully spawning
    Acanthocobitis zonalternans – spawning
    Schistura pridii – I wish

    #310355

    dunc
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    #310356

    Matt
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    Nice stocklist! /smile.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:)” border=”0″ alt=”smile.gif” />

    Ps – Dunc’s lying through his teeth, when I got the choprai he laughed his ass off and proceeded to rib me about it for several weeks after. /dry.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”<_ <" border="0" alt="dry.gif">

    Attached files

    #310380

    dunc
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    That is actually pretty stunning.. it’s just finding them that’s the trick /laugh.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:lol:” border=”0″ alt=”laugh.gif” />). Quite interested in having a go.

    #310388

    Mark Duffill
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    QUOTE (dunc @ Sep 26 2008, 09:39 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    That is actually pretty stunning.. it’s just finding them that’s the trick /laugh.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:lol:” border=”0″ alt=”laugh.gif” />). Quite interested in having a go.

    I got them from Maidenhead Aquatics in Stokesley a few months ago.

    I did put an in depth post on Loaches online but not on here yet, I could do one if you thought it was worth it

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