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  • in reply to: African characin #350443

    N0body Of The Goat
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    Have you got these lovely looking fish in a community yet?

     

    I’m a massive African riverine nut (as my avatar may suggest) and I very nearly ordered 12 Brycinus longipinnis last year, but I held back and got some Pareutropius cf. mandevillei instead, after reading the odd comment here and there that B. longipinnis have been known to starve unassertive feeders to death.

    in reply to: Lamprichthys tanganicanus #350442

    N0body Of The Goat
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    Wow, they look awsome already and still have quite some growing to go (if hobby specimens can reach wild 15cm sizes)!

     

    How easy/hard are you finding the fry to rear?

    in reply to: Xenoophorus in trouble #350441

    N0body Of The Goat
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    Sad news to read :(

     

    I take it Gary (“fish48”) has already confirmed he has none in his ~120 livebearer species tanks?


    N0body Of The Goat
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    The Distichodus have coloured up nicely (greeen/gold with ~12 vertical stripes) and will look quite nice when not covered in tatty fins and flank marks, but I’m not even sure if one fiesty 30cm characin would be ok in my African 5x2x2 long term. I’m awaiting advice from the fish shop where they came from, if they can return them to the wholesalers for credit, I will return at least 4 of the 5 and come away with shop tank stock instead. Otherewise these will probably have to be simply given to a local store.

    Just to confirm, all 5 appear to be the same species, 4 at ~7cm SL and a larger one at ~12cm SL (this larger one looked like affinis in the store but has coloured the same as the smaller ones).

    The Pareutropius cf. mandervillei are doing great with the Microsynodontis, which could be polli or batesii depending upon whether the long spade tail fin is clear or has flecks in it. I lost two “debauwie” over the weekend, which had open wounds on their flanks, while one Microsyno was dead upon getting home. But they are now all eating in their QT, the plan is to add them to my peaceful 48x12x15 tank (Phecogrammus nigropterus; Nannostomus beckfordi; Synodontis congica; Microsynodontis sp.1 and polli; Steatocranus tinanti [will be moved as they grow bigger, still slender ~6/4.5cm SL]).

    Funny you should mention Barbus fasciolatus, I found a store that regular stocks them and I was amazed by their looks when seeing this species for the first time in the flash! The only thing that held me back was the price, just under £5 each, but they would would really well in the 48x12x15 setup.


    N0body Of The Goat
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    Bit of a sad update to this thread…

    I picked up my order yesterday, the only thing that did not come in was 1 Distichodus. They had such faint markings it looked as if the 4 smaller ones could be adult demmaculatus, with perhaps 1 female affinis mixed in with them. Well they coloured up at home in the Rio240, showing ~12 vertical bars against a silvery green background, I have a horrible feeling I have ended up with 5 fiesty Distichdus fasciolatus that will reach ~30cm :/

    While species can be sometimes mixed up at wholesalers, it bags the question how do they get away with passing a fiesty tankbuster for a social smallish characin with very different markings. I cannot blame the fish store, these fish literally arrived from the wholesalers ~45 minutes before me, but I can forsee having to give these away for free (perhaps with the exception of 1, but even that could be bad news in my 5x2x2) and more than likely to a LFS… I cannot imagine anyine touching these with a barge pole.

    As much as this species purchase appears to have been a bad one, there were some gems in my order: 25x Pareutropius cf. mandervillei; 10x Microsynodontis cf. polli; 5x Euchilichthys cf. guentheri (listed as “Suckermouth African”, could have been a whole range of things, may need to thin these out in my 5x2x2 after quarantine).


    N0body Of The Goat
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    Wow, that is some way off the fishbase size for noboli, which states 19cm TL if I recall rightly! I should not be too surprised, considering hobby specimens of lusosso and sexfasciolatus do well to reach 40cm, half the size of wilds.

    While I’m really looking forward to hopefully picking up all of my order in less than 40 hours time, I wish I had spotted your initial reply before ordering, we might have got to this point in time for me to have perhaps chosen the noboli over the common Pareutropius.

    It is going to be quite an emotional day, picking up these Africans all being well, but at the same time saying goodbye to tank raised Steatocranus that have taken an age to reach a decent size because of the combined 2nd/3rd brood size of ~50 that have made it to adulthood. I’m still very torn as to whether to keep back a few to hopefully get a bonded pair, their dad who died back in February in a semi tank wipeout was my favourite fish, part of me would love to see at least some of his legacy live on… But at the same time, each time mum and dad spawned in a community Rio240, I lost tankmates through their fierce protection of the young.

    I shall try and report back with photos/videos once they have settled in a little, presuming they arrive from NHA wholesalers ok . :)


    N0body Of The Goat
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    Thanks for your input Andy, two days on and I’m still struggling to find much out there on either.

     

    In the meantime, I took a gamble and ordered 6 demmaculatus, but held off on noboli because of their potential size but also no idea if there were social like affinis or potentially evil like lusosso/sexfasciolatus. If it was not such a gamble, I would have gone straight out and ordered 10 of the Dwarfs, but their price and unknown behaviour made me be restrained. My initial hope is that these might be good calm mannered fish (both general and eating habits) that can act as dithers for 25 Pareutropius buffei, but if they prove to be a little unsuitable, I have a second chance that they might work well in my other African tank containing teenage Ctenopoma acutirostre.

    It is going to be like a fish themed Xmas later this week if all goes well, I have 4 African species on order, but wholesale orders do not always work out so I’m trying to stay calm! :D

    in reply to: Garra Sp Id #348027

    N0body Of The Goat
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    Bit of a long shot, but these look like the Garra congoensis that recently appeared on the Wildwoods stocklist for the first time, albeit these from this thread do appear to be a bit longer.

    http://www.tropicalfishfinder.co.uk/stores_productsinfo.asp?store=54&prod=3082

    in reply to: Xiphophorus and Poecilia spp. #348001

    N0body Of The Goat
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    Maybe its just me, but I prefer the look of the wild form Swordtails, Mollies etc. with their subtle bit of colouration. If I ever came across them by chance in a local store, or in a local club if I ever get around to joining one, I would really struggle to not be tempted.

    Having said that, my group of 8 Ilyodon xantusi that came from Tim Addis (TDC Aquatics) last autumn are now approaching 8cm and the fry drops are getting bigger (17 I think from a female this last few days)… Even with some casualties over the last few months since the first births in January (when drops were 2 or 3), I think I’m now upto 45 youngsters with their lengthy ~55 day gestation period, which I believe (perhaps incorrectly without researching) could potentially be a single brood from the more common livebearers!

    in reply to: Bathyaethiops breuseghemi? #347950

    N0body Of The Goat
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    Bit of a “holy thread revival Batman!” moment, but wondered if this advert for 20 of these fish may intrest anyone who is able to collect them in person from Walsall…
    http://www.myfishforsale.co.uk/bathyaethio…auction_details

    No link to shop, was just “window shopping” the website looking for African riverine stock.

    in reply to: Festival Of Fishkeeping 2011 #346417

    N0body Of The Goat
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    While I only attended the final few hours of the Hayling Island 2010 FOF event, it was positively heaving and I wish I had got there earlier (so many great looking and unusual fish to see). Sorry to hear that numbers sound as if they were considerably down, both in terms of the public and organisations.

    Has next year’s location been confirmed as yet?

    in reply to: Sawbwa #345596

    N0body Of The Goat
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    Mikev, how aggressive have you found the males to be, both the adults and the youngsters? What sort of ratio of females:males have you got in your setup?

    in reply to: Barbus fasciolatus #345417

    N0body Of The Goat
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    Lovely fish that I would love to add to my Africans, but reading suggests they would suffer badly in Southampton’s hard, alkaline water.

    Good luck with your lovely new fish, Steve!

    in reply to: Pantodon buchholzi #345004

    N0body Of The Goat
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    My two love Hikari Cichlid Gold baby pellets, but they also readily eat small pieces of Doromin/Cichlid XL floating sticks and Tetra Prima. When they are brave enough, I drop defrosted bloodworms onto the end of their upper jaw as a treat, using a pipette.

    I was shocked how readily mine adapted to non-live food, given what is often written in online profiles.


    N0body Of The Goat
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    The few Zaire (Congo) River fish I have are:-
    4x Steatocranus casuarius (had a batch of 14 fry, 13 made it to 8 months and then passed on)
    1x Synodontis brichardi
    1x Synodontis decora

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