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Leptobarbus Hoevenii

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  • #300220

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Ok I’m through with badids for now and am beginning to work on the cyprinid section again. Anyone keeping/has kept this creature, encountered it in the field or have any experiences to share? Can’t say I’ve seen a fully-grown one outside of public aquaria.

    Cheers

    #313997

    Mark Duffill
    Participant

    I have had them from 2″ and grown them to around 12″, fast growing fish but I always found them to be fairly placid.

    They eat pretty much anything and put up with pretty much anything water conditions wise, I always found mine to be more or less bomb proof.

    Very big mouths for their size but I have only ever known them to take smaller fish on a couple of occasions but probably best to be kept with fish of similar size.

    Oh and they cant half bloody jump

    #313999

    mickthefish
    Participant

    can’t add any more than Mark, except i wish the bloody trade would ban them.
    when small they are a pretty fish but then they grow and grow and grow in a short space of time.

    mick

    #314000

    andy rushworth
    Participant

    There is one Leptobarbus from Borneo L.melanopterus that is absolutely stunning and though large not humongous, it is mush more colourful than Hovenii , the body is plain silver , the caudal has black commet marks aka Tinfoil barb though much more pronounced this is surrounded with the most intence blood red CRIMSON the dorsal fin is red also as is the anal and pelvics , the cheeks also have this intence red colouration , I’ve only ever seen them for sale once and then only two specimens both of which an old pal of mine bought , passing them onto me at a later date , I kept them for a couple of years before passing them on also ,I think they eventually grew to about 14 inches , I’m going back a good while as my tanks were not as large then so I couldn’t do them justice really , they were also prone to a bit of skittiness and would possibly have benefitted from a reasonablly stocked tank of mixed cyprinids Lemonfins , Tinfoils etc, etc ?

    #314001

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Ta muchly for the info gents….and I’d just written in the notes of the profile that melanopterus has probably never been seen in the hobby.

    #314006

    David Marshall
    Participant

    Hey

    Matt fishkeepers must never place L.h. into an aquarium in which there has been a whitespot outbreak at any point in the past or let them be mixed with any fish, such as Clown loach, that is known to be whitespot prone. The reason for this, which I don’t have an answer for, is that L.h. are very prone to severe outbreaks of protozoan problems and once this occurs the whole body becomes blanketed in white spots or flecks (similar to that which can haunt poorly cared for Synodontis brichardi)

    Regards David

    #314022

    scissorfight
    Participant

    I have 4. Surprisingly calm and not skittish like one could expect from such a cyprinid. Well suited for life in captivity when it comes to behaviour, not size.

    #314215

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Just reading the new Kottelat and Tan paper and it seems the fish that has been in the trade all these years is actually L. rubripinna. <img src="style_emoticons//wacko.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:wacko:” border=”0″ alt=”wacko.gif” />

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