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Acrossocheilus monticola (G√úNTHER, 1888)

August 23rd, 2014 — 6:30pm

Apparently endemic to the upper Yangtze River basin, China.

Type locality is ‘mountain-stream fiowing into the Ichang gorge of the Yangtsze River’.

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Acheilognathus macropterus (BLEEKER, 1871)

Giant Chinese Bitterling

June 29th, 2014 — 8:43pm

A. macropterus appears in the ornamental trade on an irregular basis and should only be considered by more experienced aquarists with sufficiently large facilities.

Given its wide geographical distribution there is a possibility that it represents a group of closely-related species, with genetic studies indicating the existence of several distinct clades.

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Channa asiatica (LINNAEUS, 1758)

Chinese Snakehead

June 30th, 2013 — 12:58pm

No bubble nest is built and several thousand eggs simply float at the surface with both male and female remaining to defend the eggs and fry.

The eggs hatch after 24-36 hours depending on temperature and the fry are free swimming in a further 24 hours. At this point they resemble 6-7 mm long black tadpoles.

It is important to constantly feed…

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Rhinogobius giurinus (RUTTER, 1897)

June 14th, 2013 — 11:26am

This species appears to exist in a number of different forms which exhibit differences in colour pattern, morphology, or both, and it’s currently unclear whether all of them are truly conspecific or not although to avoid confusion we list all together here.

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Macropodus opercularis (LINNAEUS, 1758)

Paradise Fish

March 13th, 2012 — 1:18pm

M. opercularis is a classic aquarium fish, having been introduced to the hobby by a French soldier named Gerault in 1869. Of the initial 100 specimens shipped, 22 survived and were successfully bred later that same year by another Frenchman, the Parisian Pierre Carbonnier. This gives the species the distinction of being one of the very first ornamental fish imported to Europe. It is also known as ‘Chinese fighting fish’, ‘paradise gourami’, and ‘blue paradise fish’.

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