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  • in reply to: Yunnanilus sp.rosy OR Petruichthys brevis #355478

    BigTom
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    Can you give times on the videos when you suspect the brevis may be visible? I had a quick look at a couple of videos and they just looked like male and female rosies to me (females are plumper, silver and spotted, while males are more slender, orange and usually striped, although I have seen spotted orange males too).

    in reply to: Tom’s Poco Pozo #355035

    BigTom
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    Cheers chaps!

    Some new goodies this week. A mixed group of 12 Iguanodectes adujai and I. geisleri

    http://orig11.deviantart.net/1d77/f/2015/253/4/a/em500819_by_hairytoes-d991zuh.jpg

    http://orig00.deviantart.net/6a95/f/2015/253/8/4/em500919_by_hairytoes-d991zus.jpg

    And today one of the baby apistos broke cover for the first time – I hope a few have made it.

    http://orig01.deviantart.net/68f2/f/2015/253/7/c/em500778_by_hairytoes-d991zuc.jpg

    And I’m getting overrun with baby Farlowella! The male has now raised five consecutive/overlapping spawns which he’s guarded for over 2 months without a rest. Thankfully they now seem to be taking a break as he’s lost quite a lot of condition.

    http://orig15.deviantart.net/bb98/f/2015/253/1/8/em500928_by_hairytoes-d991zv5.jpg 

    in reply to: Evolution, ecology and physiology of amphibious killifishes #355016

    BigTom
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    Drop me a PM with an email address, I can get this.

    in reply to: Tom’s Poco Pozo #355005

    BigTom
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    Stems growing in nicely now 🙂

    http://orig07.deviantart.net/3237/f/2015/231/8/6/em590630_by_hairytoes-d96ceoe.jpg

    http://orig10.deviantart.net/d228/f/2015/231/b/a/em590640_by_hairytoes-d96cdua.jpg

    in reply to: Tom’s Poco Pozo #355004

    BigTom
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    Third batch of eggs are now hatching. The adult male has been guarding this spot on the glass for exactly a month now, while the three females have taken it in turns to spawn with him.

     

     

    And at least some of the previous batches seem to be surviving –

     

     

    The female Apisto is still in parenting mode deep in a thicket of Ludwigia as well, so presumably still has juvenile sunder her wing although I haven’t seen them directly for weeks.

     

    Plants coming on nicely, will do a FTS tomorrow :)
    in reply to: Tom’s Poco Pozo #354961

    BigTom
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    @matt said:
    Great pics again. 🙂 What are you going to do with them?

    I’m probably just going to let them get on with it… they may or may not make it in the big tank. Given that they’re hybrids I’m not desperate to raise them in numbers, although I guess it’s arguable as to how important that is for non-commercial hobby breeding..

    in reply to: Tom’s Poco Pozo #354959

    BigTom
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    Male with two batches of eggs – 5 days old on the left, 10 days old on the right…

     

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    …the latter of which began hatching overnight. ~9mm TL fry –
     
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    in reply to: Tom’s Poco Pozo #354958

    BigTom
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    @matt said:
    Great documentation Tom. How are the original batch of eggs doing?

    16 have made it to (close to) full development. The first one is hatching as I type 🙂

    in reply to: Tom’s Poco Pozo #354955

    BigTom
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    @jk91 said:
    Did they catch them at the same place or did the LFS just put them together? Would be odd if they’d be caught at the same place, meaning hybrids could appear in nature, like they could in your tank. What’s nature’s point of that?
    Still, well done man! Seems like you’re some kind of magician when it comes to fish keeping.

    I think what tends to happen with these is that most are wild caught and a lot of collectors/distributors generally don’t consider them worth identifying, hence a lot of the time they all end up lumped in together. So you might have a supplier from Columbia, say, who has Farlowella collected from several locations in Columbia mixed in together, or you might have a larger supplier in Miami who has fish from multiple South American countries all mixed in together. So it’s mainly down to the supply chain, unless you’re a specialist shop who deals directly with collectors.

    in reply to: Tom’s Poco Pozo #354951

    BigTom
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    A second spawn now underway, definitely hybrids this time (compare scute patterns):

    http://orig03.deviantart.net/76c8/f/2015/205/6/5/hybridisation_by_hairytoes-d92lvcu.jpg

    in reply to: Tom’s Poco Pozo #354949

    BigTom
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    Actually I retract that… I’ve just dug out my Farlowella key and the tape measure again and the ‘pair’ are not vittata. They’re definitely acus-group though, and according to the description actually best match acus, although I understand this is generally considered unlikely. 

    There are however some small variations in scute shape and tail patterning between the ‘pair’ that makes me somewhat suspicious about whether they truly are the same species, or just something very close.

    in reply to: Tom’s Poco Pozo #354947

    BigTom
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    @matt said:
    So cool! Surprised Any idea which species Tom?

    The male is definitely vittata. I then have 3 different species of female (really should have checked properly in the shop!) – one of which is probably vittata although I was never 100%. So hopefully vittata, but with a possibility of hybrids.

    in reply to: Tom’s Poco Pozo #354943

    BigTom
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    in reply to: Tom’s Poco Pozo #354942

    BigTom
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    Here’s this week’s highlight, 3 day old Farlowella eggs, with lovely wriggly embryos inside 🙂

    Lost about 1/4 (of 50) to fungus but the rest look nice and active.

    http://orig14.deviantart.net/3d5a/f/2015/203/9/e/farlowella_embryos_by_hairytoes-d92brbc.jpg

    in reply to: Tom’s Poco Pozo #354899

    BigTom
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    @matt said:
    Love the rescape and thanks for posting the video, Tom. How did you get on with the Iguanodectes?

    My only issue with the Iguanas has been them jumping out at night – I lost several of them early on as a result. It always seemed to be at the front of the tank so I got some glass cut to cover the front 4-6 inches of the tank and since then they’ve been fine. They were quite nervy to begin with and I think must orient at night towards small computer lights etc around the desks at that end of the tank. Oh yeah, and they sometimes like to nibble on very fine-leaved plants. Other than that, model citizens – eat anything I feed, not at all predatory, show off to each other without inflicting damage.

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