Tropical fish

Queen Arabesque (L260)

Queen Arabesque Pleco Care

Temperature: 73-82°F (23-28°C)

Water Hardness: Soft-medium hard

Origin / Habitat: Brazil, Para, Rio Tapajos

Lifespan: 10 plus years

Temperament / Behavior: Peaceful, but don’t keep them with aggressive fish like large cichlids.

Breeding: There are accounts of these fish breeding in captivity. But it can be difficult in the aquarium.

Gender: Females are shorter and broader with very small odontodes, while males are longer, brighter and have long odontodes.

Fish Food: This fish doesn’t fit the pleco standards of eating algae. This pleco is a carnivore. It will eat any meaty foods like blood worms, brine shrimp, and gammarus.

Tank size: Minimum of 20 gallons.

The Queen Arabesque Pleco comes from South America in the rivers Brazil, Para and Rio Tapajos. Because of their beauty, the Queen Arabesque Pleco is the fish keeper’s substitute to the much sought after zebra pleco, although they don’t look very much like them. The L260’s have a black and white squiggly pattern over their entire body. They also have small spots scatted here and there over the body as well as on the dorsal fin. The younger fish tend to have their stripes more spaced out and as they age, the stripes become more, creating a more “fine” striped appearance. Another name they are known by, although less common, is Scribble pleco.

L260’s prefer a fast current. Every so often you may see them in the current of the filter output. A power head or two (depending on the tank size) can easily see to that requirement, however they are able to survive without. A pH 6.4 to 7.5, medium to medium-hard water and a temperature of 73 to 82°F (23-28°C) is happily tolerated. The minimum tank size recommended is 20 gallons (75.5L). They are not all that fussy in terms of care. Maintaining correct care in general tank maintenance will go a long way in keeping them healthy and happy. Driftwood is needed for them to rasp on and caves should made for them to go to when in need of refuge or for spawning.

They grow up to anything between 3.5 to 4 inches in length. Queen arabesque plecos are generally peaceful catfish and should not be kept with the very aggressive bottom dwellers as it may result in them getting left out at feeding time. Aggressive fish such as large cichlids, too are not recommended as tank mates. However males can be territorial in terms of guarding his territory, i.e. his cave, especially against other males of the same species.

These catfish are carnivores and will not live on the food generally fed to most of the other more commonly found catfish, of which, most are herbivores or omnivores. L260’s have tiny teeth just behind their lips which they use to rasp off tiny critters they may find, generally on driftwood. They have teeth inside their mouth as well, and will eat most meaty foods like blood worms, brine shrimp, gammarus and occasionally small pieces of shrimp and mussels. Some may even eat cichlid pellets as well as other sinking foods normally given to carnivorous bottom dwellers. An acclimatized Queen Arabesque Pleco may also snack on veggies such as cucumber, lettuce and zucchini.

Males are longer in length than females and have long odontodes around the gills as well as being much more brighter in color than the females. The females tend to have a more shorter and broader body and their odontodes are absolutely small. Another factor though not very trustworthy, is that the male has a slight coloration of black and white on the belly while the female’s is totally white.

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Red Spot Plecostomus

Red Spot Plecostomus

The fish sold as a Common Pleco in fish stores is normally no bigger than 5-10 cm but this doesn’t mean that it will stay like that forever. In the case of the common pleco, you should expect your fish to eventually reach a size of 30-60 cm

Plecos are nocturnal creatures that are quite passive during the day

Large adult specimens normally need at least 200 – 375 litres

It is important to cover the aquarium when keeping pleco because they are capable jumpers. In the wild, plecos can use this ability to escape to better conditions during dry periods. They can not really travel on land, but they are strong enough to wiggle their way from a shallow puddle to deeper puddle in a drying riverbed. To a certain extent, they are capable of absorbing oxygen directly from the air so they will last longer on land than many other fish. If you come home and find your pleco seemingly unconscious on the floor, you should put it back in the aquarium because it might not be dead yet.

Do not let the water go all the way up to the lid, because the pleco wants to be able to swim up to the surface and gulp air. The fish uses the air to control its buoyancy.

The water temperature should be kept in the 20-28 degrees C (68-82 degrees F) range and rapid changes in water temperature should be avoided.

In addition to dry prepared foods, give your  pleco some fresh fruits and vegetables. You can for instance serve cucumber, zucchini, squash and similar vegetables. Lettuce and other leafy vegetables are also highly appreciated. There is no need to boil of blanch fruits and vegetables. A practical way of feeding pleco is to get a vegetable holder for the aquarium or make one using a clothes-pin or similar.

Last but not least, an aquarium where you keep pleco should always include driftwood since the fish needs wood to chew on. Wood is an importance source of fibre for plecos.

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Red Whiptail Catfish – Rineloricaria lanceolata

Red Whiptail Catfish – Rineloricaria lanceolata

approx. 6-7cm

Maximum Standard Length
3.8″ (9.5cm).

Minimum Tank Size
A pair could be kept in a tank as small as 18″ x 15″ x 12″ (45cm x 37.5cm x 30cm) – 53 litres. Larger quarters would be required for a group.

Tank Setup
A biotope setup can consist, very simply, of a layer of sand over which is scattered a layer of dried leaves (oak and beech are non-toxic and work particularly well). Some twisted branches (again, beech is good) and the occasional rounded stone can be used for effect. Provide some rock or wood caves, or lengths of pvc piping to act as potential spawning sites. It’s equally at home in a well-planted tank, although in either setup it won’t appreciate very bright lighting.

Temperature
77-82°F (25-28°C).

pH Range
6.0-8.0

Hardness
5-20°H

Diet
Feeds on aufwuchs and small aquatic crustaceans in nature. In the aquarium it proves omnivorous and will accept both sinking dried foods, vegetable matter (including blanched spinach, courgette, kale etc.) and live and frozen fare such as bloodworm or daphnia.

Compatibility
One of the most peaceful catfish around, these can be combined with many other species. In a biotope setup, good tankmates include small characins, Apistogramma, Corydoras and other quiet Loricariids. However, it can be kept in most communities of peaceful fish. Don’t keep it with anything too vigorous or aggressive as it will become very retiring, and will easily be out-competed for food. It’s not territorial unless spawning and is best kept in a small group.

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Red Zebra Cichlid

Red Zebra Cichlid – Maylandia estherae

currently approx 4-5cm

The estherae, like most other mbuna, is a fish that is best kept with 2-3 females for each male. While males can be territorial, and aggressive, they would be considered mid-level aggression for a mbuna at best, tending towards the lower aggression side. Having said this, it would be recommended that this fish is best kept in an aquarium that is 48″/120cm long, though experienced aquarists have been known to keep them in 36″/90cm tanks. By providing plenty of cover, in the way of rocks, or other hiding places, you can provide hiding places for females, and subdominant males to escape damage from the attentions of the dominant male.

Males usually grow to 5.5 inches /14 centimeters and females to 4.0 inches/10 centimeters.

Water specifications are the same as with other Malawi species: pH= 7.8 to 8.4; dKH = 10 to 14; dGH = 10 to 14, though domesticated strains are not as particular as many other species. This fish digs a lot, so undergravel filters are not recommended.

This fish is fairly undemanding, and easy to keep, and along with its attractive colouration, makes it a good candidate to be kept by both beginners, and experienced aquarists alike.

African Cichlids need to be kept only with other African Cichlids due to their high ph requirements and aggressive nature. They are the closest you will get to Marine colours at a much easier care aquarium.

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Redtail Shark

The Redtail Shark, also known as the Redtail Black Shark is great for the semi-aggressive community aquarium, as long as they are the sole sharks and the other tankmates are of similar size. The Redtail Shark is a beautiful fish with a jet black body and a bright red tail. The dorsal fin is marked with a white tip.

It requires a large aquarium with driftwood, rocks, and spots of dense vegetation. This shark may set up territories around the aquarium. The Redtail Shark will become very aggressive towards its own species when mature.

Unfortunately, the breeding habits of the Redtail Shark have not been documented.

An omnivore, the Redtail Shark is not a particularly finicky eater. Flake food, freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, as well as vegetable-based foods should be fed.

currently approx 4cm

Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Water Conditions: 72-79° F, KH 10-15, pH 6.5-7.5
Max. Size: 4″
Color Form: Black, Red
Diet: Omnivore
Origin: Farm Raised, Thailand
Family: Cyprinidae
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Royal Pleco

The Royal pleco has many different common names in English, including Royal plec, Royal panaque and Royal catfish.
Currently approx 6cm
The recommended pH-value when keeping Royal pleco is 6.5-7.5. The temperature should be in the 22-30 degrees C (72-86 degrees F) range.
Since the Royal pleco can reach a length of over 40 cm (16 inches) it will eventually need quite a large aquarium. Larger specimens are fond of redecorating the aquarium so it is important that no items can fall and injure them as they scuffle around. Always include bogwood in the set up. Bogwood will function as both food and shelter from the fish.

The Royal pleco does not like to share its territory with members of its own species or similar species. It is friendly towards other types of fish and can be kept in community aquariums without problem. You should however be aware that fast and/or antagonistic fishes can cause starvation in Royal plecos since they eat all the food before the pleco gets a chance to catch any.
Pic off the web but very similar markings to the one in stock.

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Royal Spotted Knife Fish

Royal Spotted Knife Fish

The Clown Knifefish Chitala ornata It is a very popular knifefish. This is partly because of its common availability and being relatively inexpensive. But its also a favorite because it is extremely attractive. They usually have a pattern of large spots, but this can be quite variable and it seems that no two Clown Knifefish are exactly alike.

The normal coloring of the Clown Knifefish is a silvery gray characterized by a variable pattern of large spots above the base of the anal fin. Yet sometimes they may have no spots at all, and sometimes they may have two rows of smaller spots. Other common names it is known by are Clown Featherback Fish, Spotted Knifefish, Spotted Featherback Fish, and Clown Knife. There is also an albino color form as seen in the picture above that’s called the Albino Clown Knifefish.

The Clown Knife has the typical knifefish body shape, flat and elongated with an arched back. Its anal fin and caudal fin (tail fin) are joined, giving it a long continuous fin along the underside. This fin undulates, allowing it to move either forwards or back wards, making it a very graceful swimmer.

Clown Knife Fish are suggested for an aquarist with some fish keeping experience. They can be hard to get adjusted to a new tank and this often results in death. This fish can grow to a substantial size, reaching about 3 1/2 feet (100 cm) in the wild. Specimens raised in the aquarium however, generally won’t grow much larger than 10 – 20 inches (25 to 50 cm). This is still a large fish, but since they are not particularly active they do not need as large of a tank as you might think. An adult can be comfortably housed in a 200 gallon (757 l) aquarium. Being nocturnal they need places to retreat during the day as well as open areas for swimming. Once acclimated, they are very hardy fish.

The C. ornata is It a member of the Notopteridae family which contains contains some of the more outgoing species of knifefish. They are generally peaceful and will do well with other fish that are not particularly aggressive and that are too large to fit into its mouth. Do take caution as they have poor eye sight and will some times try to eat bigger fish then they can handle. They can ultimately injury or kill a fish they are unable to eat.

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Rummy-Nose Tetra

The Rummy-Nose Tetra gets its name from the red blushing across its nose and face. But its beautiful coloration does not end there. Hemigrammus bleheri has a mirror-like silver body and a jet-black tail striped with white. This color pattern adds a simple, yet striking beauty to any freshwater aquarium. The Rummy-Nose Tetra is a peaceful omnivore that makes an excellent addition to community aquariums with non-aggressive tankmates.

Also known as the Banded Rummy-Nose Tetra, this fish native to South America thrives in well-planted systems. In addition to plants, decorate the aquarium with scattered rocks and driftwood to simulate its natural habitat. As with other shoaling fish, a school of six or more Rummynose Tetras creates an impressive aquarium display. For best care, offer a variety of foods, including brine shrimp or daphnia, freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, micro pellet food, and high quality flake diets.

currently approx 3cm

Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Water Conditions: 72-77° F, KH 2-6, pH 5.5-7.0
Max. Size: 2″
Color Form: Red, White
Diet: Omnivore
Origin: South America, Tank-Raised
Family: Characidae
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Serpae Tetra

The  Serpae Tetra is a usually peaceful, schooling fish that comes from the regions of South America. It can be a minor fin nipper, so other species with delicate fins are best kept separate. Receiving its name from its red/orange body with black markings behind the head and on dorsal and anal fins, the hardy Serpae Tetra is great for the community aquarium.

Hiding spaces such as rocks, plants, and driftwood are recommended to give this fish a sense of security. Taller plants should be used to coincide with its mid-level swimming habits along with plenty of rock formed cave structures.

The Serpae Tetra will accept many small foods such as brine shrimp or daphnia, freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, micro pellet food, and a high quality flake food.

Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Water Conditions: 72-82° F, KH 4-8, pH 6.0-7.5
Max. Size: 2″
Color Form: Black, Orange, Red
Diet: Omnivore
Origin: Captive-Bred
Family: Characidae
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Silver Dollars

Silver Dollar – Metynnis hypsauchen

Species name: Metynnis hypsauchen
Common Names: Silver dollar
Max. size: 15 cm / 6 inches
Environment: Freshwater
Origin: South America. Amazon and Paraguay River basins, north Guiana Shield rivers.
Temperament: Non aggressive.
Company: Suitable for a community aquarium.
Water parameters: pH 5.5-7.0, temperature 24-27°C / 75-80° F
Aquarium setup: Always keep more then one of these fishes together in an aquarium. They require large aquarium with suitable hiding places, which can be created using roots and rocks. Do not use plants in aquarium with this species since they will be eaten however plastic plants might be a good setup detail to create more hiding places.

 

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Sissortail Rasbora – Rasbora trilineata

Sissortail Rasbora – Rasbora trilineata

Currently approx 6cm
Auction per fish

Photo off the net

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Water Conditions: 73-77° F, KH 2-5, pH 6.0-6.5
Max. Size: 6″
Color Form: Black, Gold, Silver
Diet: Omnivore
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: Vietnam
Family: Cyprinidae

Overview:
The Scissortail Rasbora is a sleek, streamlined fish that energizes community life in larger aquariums. This active swimmer is named for its deeply forked tail that resembles an open pair of scissors. The distinct bar pattern on the caudal fin accentuates the scissor-like shape. With a little imagination, it’s not difficult to see a pair of scissors opening and closing as the Scissortail Rasbora cuts through the water. The Scissortail Rasbora boasts a silver iridescence that shimmer and sparkle as light reflects off this graceful fish.
The Scissortail Rasbora is a peaceful and easy-to-care-for fish displayed best in schools. In the wild, the Scissortail Rasbora can grow up to 6″ in length. It is important to house the Scissortail Rasbora in an established aquarium that has open areas for swimming. The Scissortail Rasbora adds activity and visual interest to the upper regions of the aquarium. Use a tight-fitting cover or glass canopy to contain these potential jumpers. Use plants, driftwood, or aquarium decorations to provide areas where the Scissortail Rasbora can feel secure. Dark substrate is a good choice to bring out best coloration.

An omnivore, the Scissortail Rasbora does well on a diet of prepared flake food, as well as freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex.

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Sunset White Cloud Mountain Minnow

Sunset White Cloud Mountain Minnow

The white cloud mountain minnow is an extremely hardy fish that can withstand a wide range of temperatures. The white cloud mountain minnow can be kept in an aquarium without a heater as long as the temperature does not drop below 45°F (7°C). They are peaceful and are suitable tank mates for a community tank as long as the aquarium temperature doesn’t get too high. Many keep these minnows in small desktop tanks.

The White Cloud Mountain Minnow will eat flakes, frozen, freeze dried and live foods.

Scientific Name : Tanichthys albonubes

Care Level : Easy, good for freshwater beginners

Life span : 3 – 5 years generally, possibly longer

Size : Up to 2 inches (5 cm)

pH : 6 – 8

Temperature : 45°F – 70°F (7°C – 21°C)

Water Hardness : 5° to 25° dH,

Origin / Habitat : China

Temperament / Behavior : Peaceful and best kept in schools of 6 or more.

White Cloud Mountain Minnow Breeding : Easy. Give them a water temperature around 68°F and they will lay their eggs on the bottom of the tank. You will have to remove the adults because they will eat the eggs.

Aquarium Size : 5 gallon or larger.

White Cloud Mountain Minnow Tank Mates : Many, given the generally peaceful nature of the White Cloud Mountain Minnow.

Fish Disease : Freshwater Fish Disease – Diagnose, Symptoms and Treatment

Diet / Foods : Omnivore – will eat many food items including flakes, pellets and live foods.

Tank Region : All over the tank

Gender : Males will have more color than the females.

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Texas Cichlid

Texas Cichlid

Picture off the net.

Current size approx 5cm

Scientific Name: Herichthys cyanoguttatus

Common Name(s): Texas

Geo. Origin: Mexico

Habitat: Streams, Pools, Drainage Channels

Diet: Herbivore

Gender Differences: Dimorphic

Breeding: Substrate Spawner

Temperament: Aggressive

Conspecific Temperament: Highly Aggressive

Temperature: 78°F

pH: 7.8

The Texas Cichlid Herichthys cyanoguttatus (previously Cichlasoma cyanoguttatum) is the northern most occurring cichlid  and the only cichlid native to waters of the United States. It is naturally found in the waters of southern Texas ( namely the Rio Grande) and northern Mexico.

Though most commonly known as the Texas Cichlid, this fish is also named after its most famous river of origin and is thus also called the the Rio Grande Perch or Rio Grande Cichlid. Some sources also call it a Pearl Cichlid as well, but this is confusing as there is another well defined cichlid, Geophagus brasiliensis, that is more generally known as the Pearl Cichlid. Besides the nominate form there are also two subspecies with Herichthys c. carpintis being known as the Green Texas Cichlid, but currently there’s no common name for Herichthys c. temporatum.

The Texas Cichlid is one of most aggressive and belligernet of all cichlids, and reinforces the slogan “Don’t Mess with Texas.”  It’s a pretty large fish, reaching up to about 12 inches (30 cm) in length, but is no where near being the biggest of the American cichlids. Species like the Central American Wolf Cichlid Parachromis dovii and the South American Peacock Cichlid Cichla ocellaris are both more than one and a half times bigger in size than this fish. They are both pugnacious fish too, but even tdespite their massive size, they are no match for this contentious Texan.

In spite of its aggressive personality and territorial tendencies, or in some cases because of them, this fish has garnered a large and dedicated following. Many owners feel it is in fact one of the most beautifully colored cichlids and proudly display it as a show specimen in a large show tank. Its presents a very deep-body and sports shiny sparkling spots all over its brownish gray colored body. The male and female are very similar in appearance though the female is slightly smaller. Adult males also develop cranial hump on the forehead and have a more pointed dorsal fin.

This species has many of the typical habits cichlids are known for, including digging in the substrate, moving around the gravel, and shredding plants.This is an intelligent fish and very friendly with their owner, pushing up to the front of the tank at feeding time. They are also easy to breed. However, they are so extremely territorial, aggressive and intolerant of interupption they will even attack plants, decor, and aquarium equipment, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on plants and sensitive aquarium equiipment.

The Texas Cichlid is definitely not a good community fish. Being naturally accustom to the close quarters provided by rivers they defend their territory vehemently against all intruders. But they are very durable and tough enough to be kept with other large and similarly tempered cichlids like the Red Devil and the Jack Dempsey.

To keep these fish healthy and thriving, they need to have plenty of room to swim and a decor that provides places to rest and retreat. A minimum 50 gallon aquarium is suggested for one and a pair will need at least 100 gallons. They like a tank bottom of fine sand and plenty of hiding places among rocks and wood. Being a most cantankerous cichlid, they will make short work of plants and rockwork by digging a great deal. They are large messy feeders and will need frequent water changes.

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Tinfoil Barb

Tinfoil Barb
minimum size 5cm

Scientific name: Barbonymus schwanenfeldii
Common name: Tinfoil barb
Max. size: 35.0 cm / 14 inches
pH range: 6.5 – 7.0
dH range: 10
Temperature range: 22 – 25°C / 72 – 77°F

The Tinfoil barb grows really large, up to 35 centimetres (14 inches) and is therefore not suitable for small aquariums. Inexperienced aquarists sometimes purchase young Tinfoil barbs without first researching how big this fish can grow and that you should keep at least 5 specimens together.

Tinfoil barbs should always be kept together in a group consisting of at least five Tinfoil barbs. The Tinfoil bar group can be housed together with peaceful fish species of similar size or bigger. If you have a really large aquarium, you can for instance keep a group of Tinfoil barbs together with large cichlids, such as the Oscar fish (Astronotus ocellatus). Tinfoil barbs are also frequently kept together with shy and jittery fish species, since a calm Tinfoil barb group will make less tranquil fish species feel much more relaxed in the aquarium and encourage them to spend more time out in the open instead of staying hidden. Tinfoil barbs feed are chiefly herbivores, but should not be kept with crustaceans and small fishes since they can be considered food.

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Upside-Down Catfish – Synodontis nigriventris

Upside-Down Catfish – Synodontis nigriventris

You tube video of fish available http://youtu.be/WYm3PTQVnGI

Numbered among the Synodontis species, the upside-down catfish is aptly named for its upside down swimming posture. They are an extremely popular species that apparently have been admired for countless centuries, as their images have been found in ancient Egyptian art.

Considered a dwarf catfish, they reach an adult size of only three to four inches. Like other members of the Mochikidae family, they have large eyes, a large adipose fin, a forked tail, and three pairs of barbels. Their light brown colored body is covered with dark brown blotches of various sizes. Interestingly, the underside of the body is darker hued, which is the opposite of fish that swim with their belly downwards. This reverse coloration serves to camouflage them when they swim upside down at the surface of the water.

Although they frequently swim upside down, don’t be surprised if they swim normally for periods of time. This is particularly true when they want to graze the bottom of the tank for morsels of food. Young Upside Down Catfish do not swim upside down until they are several months old. Like other catfish, they have sharp fin spines that can cause injuries when moving them. Take care when netting or moving these fish.

Upside Down Catfish tend to be most active at dusk and during the night hours. Use of a moonlight light tube will allow owners to view their night activities.

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White Cloud Mountain Minnow

White Cloud Mountain Minnow

The white cloud mountain minnow is an extremely hardy fish that can withstand a wide range of temperatures. The white cloud mountain minnow can be kept in an aquarium without a heater as long as the temperature does not drop below 45°F (7°C). They are peaceful and are suitable tank mates for a community tank as long as the aquarium temperature doesn’t get too high. Many keep these minnows in small desktop tanks.

The White Cloud Mountain Minnow will eat flakes, frozen, freeze dried and live foods.

Scientific Name : Tanichthys albonubes

Care Level : Easy, good for freshwater beginners

Life span : 3 – 5 years generally, possibly longer

Size : Up to 2 inches (5 cm)

pH : 6 – 8

Temperature : 45°F – 70°F (7°C – 21°C)

Water Hardness : 5° to 25° dH,

Origin / Habitat : China

Temperament / Behavior : Peaceful and best kept in schools of 6 or more.

White Cloud Mountain Minnow Breeding : Easy. Give them a water temperature around 68°F and they will lay their eggs on the bottom of the tank. You will have to remove the adults because they will eat the eggs.

Aquarium Size : 5 gallon or larger.

White Cloud Mountain Minnow Tank Mates : Many, given the generally peaceful nature of the White Cloud Mountain Minnow.

Fish Disease : Freshwater Fish Disease – Diagnose, Symptoms and Treatment

Diet / Foods : Omnivore – will eat many food items including flakes, pellets and live foods.

Tank Region : All over the tank

Gender : Males will have more color than the females.

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Yoyo Loach

Yoyo Loach

Auction for one Yoyo Loach but more available

currently approx 5cm

Scientific Name: Botia almorhae (Gray, 1831)

Common name: Yoyo Loach, Almorha Loach, Pakistani Loach, Reticulated loach

Synonyms: Botia lohachata

Distribution: India, Nepal, Bangladesh.

Sexual Dimorphism: Females generally plumper all over than males and can get extremely fat when full of eggs. Males exhibit redness around barbels and mouth.

Maximum size: 6 inches

Similar to: Botia rostrata, Botia histrionica

Care: In nature, the fish live in calmer water pool areas of highland streams. The young are usually found in more lowland waters. The tank should include lots of hiding places amongst rocks and driftwood. Excellent diggers that appreciate a sand substrate to protect the delicate barbels. Lighting should be subdued.

Feeding: Good quality flake, sinking pellets, algae wafers, chopped earthworms, thawed frozen Bloodworm, Mysis Shrimp, chopped cocktail shrimp. Avoid over-feeding as these fish are very greedy. This species is an avid consumer of snails.

Water parameters: pH:6.5-7.5 Hardness: Medium Max dh: <12

Temperature: 76ºF to 82ºF(22-27.7°C)

Breeding: Not bred in aquaria, but mature females regularly fill with spawn.

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Zebra Loach

Auction is for one Zebra Loach

Scientific name: Botia striata

Tropical Fish

Its relatively small size and peaceful nature make it an excellent choice for most community settings.

Care: A peaceful, active, shoaling species that should be maintained in groups of 5 or more in the community aquarium. Keep on a fine sandy substrate in order to protect the delicate sensory barbel area, and ensure that there are plenty of hiding places in the aquarium amongst bogwood, caves, and plants. Clean, well-aerated water is a must.

Feeding: Will accept most brands of dry sinking catfish pellets, but should be offered a variety of frozen foods to supplement the diet – mosquito larvae, brineshrimp, and daphnia are usually taken with much enthusiasm. Vegetable matter such as slices of cucumber will also be appreciated. This species, as with other Botiine loaches, will eat small aquatic snails

Water parameters: Soft and slightly acidic is best. pH: 7.0 or below, dH:

Temperature: 73F to 81F (23-27C)

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Zebra Pleco L46

Scientific Name: Hypancistrus Zebra
Common Name(s): Zebra Pleco, Imperial Pleco, L46, L48
Care Level: easy to medium
Size: 3 – 4 inches (7.5 – 10 cm)
pH: 6.5 – 7.0
Temperature: 78 – 86 °F (26 – 30 °C)
Origin / Habitat: South America: Xingu River basin (fishbase).
Lifespan: 10 – 15 years or longer
Temperament / Behavior: Can become territorial with their own species, but are usually peaceful with most other tank mates.
Zebra Pleco Tank Mates: Needs to be with peaceful tank mates.
Diet: Omnivorous, will accept a wide range of foods, but frozen/live foods preferred. Supplement their diet with zucchini slices and similar veggies.
Tank Size: A minimum of 100 litres

This fish is also commonly known as the Zebra Pleco, Imperial pleco or by the L numbers; L46. The zebra pleco has bold black lateral stripes running across a white body with a black stripe running over the body from one pectoral fin to the other. The dorsal fin has a high expansion and it is possible to develop a blue twinge when in prime condition. It has a sucker mouth with 4 whiskers. Like other pleco’s it has a flat-ish stomach.These pleco’s come from the rivers of Rio Xingu, Para and Brazil. They require a pH of 6-7.5 but seem to be doing best in a water pH of 6.5 or just under 7.0. A minimum tank size of 100 litres is required and a temperature of 26 – 30 °C
Rocks and decorations should be placed in the aquarium in a way that caves and hiding places are created for them, so that they can take refuge when necessary. It is believed the more hiding places there are the more they will come out into the open, knowing they will be able to hide whenever they want. Fine sand or river gravel should be used for substrate. Rocks should be placed in the aquarium to imitate its natural environment as well as driftwood. A powerful filter is needed as they require a strong current.

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Zodiac Loach

Zodiac Loach

Auction for one Zodiac loach but more available

Scientific name: Mesonoemacheilus triangularis (Day, 1865)

Common name: Batik loach, Zodiacloach

Synonyms: Nemacheilus triangularis, Noemacheilus triangularis triangularis

Distribution: Western Ghats, Kerala, India

Sexual Dimorphism: Unknown

Maximum size: 2.5 inches (5.8cm)

Similar to: Mesonoemacheilus guentheri, various Nemacheilus species

Care: The tank for this fish should mimic its natural environment in the gravel bottom hillstreams of India, in other words, typical brook loach conditons. That includes clean, well oxygenated water with a good flow, gravel substrate, plenty of rocks and hiding places. Hiding places are particularly important for this territorial species.

Feeding: Bloodworms, brine shrimp and mysis shrimp are preferred foods.

Water parameters: pH: 7.0-7.5 Hardness: medium Max dh: 12

Temperature: 68ºF to 79ºF (20-26°C)

Breeding: This species has been bred in captivity using a spawning mop.

Best Snail eater available

Currently approx 4-5cm

This is certainly one of the most attractive loaches found in the aquarium trade today. Its fiesty behavior can be very entertaining to watch and should be considered while choosing tank mates. It can be kept in groups (provided there are sufficient hiding places) or alone.

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