Synodontis multipunctatus Wild
We have currently beautiful and very healthy wild collected specimens of the real cuckoo-catfish in stock. For our customers: the fish have code 183003 on our stocklist.
Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photo: Frank Schäfer
By chance we had the opportunity to get wonderful, large (6-8 cm) Xenopus laevis from a German breeder. Available only in limited numbers! For our customers: the animals have code 192505 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Synodontis sp. aff. nigriventris ZEBRA
We currently have a limited number of the very pretty and rare Synodontis sp. aff. nigriventris ZEBRA in stock. The species differs from the "common" Upside Down Catfish by the extremely
contrasting pattern. The species is - as far as it is known - restricted to the Mai Ndome region in the DR Congo. Size of our specimens: around 4 cm.
For our customers: the fish have code 183414 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
We managed to import a few specimens of the exteme rarely imported, blood sucking Candiru-catfish species Plectrochilus erythrurus, which have currently a length of 12-15 cm, from Peru. For our customers: the fish have code 280754 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
For the first time ever we received this tiny and charming dwarf fish from Malaysia. It reaches only 3-4 cm in length. The species is adopted to black water habitats in nature, where the water is very soft and acidic. However, in our facility they have proofed so far to be unproblematic and quite gregarious. Research in the field showed that the stomach of the fish contained remains of bloodworm, insects, scales, and pieces of fin. Obviously the fish are unspecialized feeders, which corresponds very well with our observations.
Parakysis verrucosus represents an interesting new species for nano aquaria.
For our customers: the animal has code 441273 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Lexicon: Parakysis: means "besides Akysis" (referring to the supposed relatiobship): Akysis is another genus of catfish. verrucosus: Latin, means "warty".
Suggestion of a common name: Chocolate dwarf catfish
Caridina "Black Tiger Yellow Eyes"
The black tiger shrimp is a cultivated variety of the tiger shrimp that originates from southern China. The tiger shrimp itself is a very variable species and possibly belongs to the species described as Caridina cantonensis. The bright shining eyes and the fantail in the same colour are very characteristic for the animal.
We have these beautiful dwarfs - maximum length is around 2 cm - for the first time in stock now. They are very easy to keep, but who is interested in breeding them should keep them over a period
of some weeks (best in winter) at a temperature around 15°C. Like all dwarf shrimps the black tiger should be kept in groups (10 specimens or more).
For our customers: the shrimps have code 485442 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Lexicon: Caridina: from ancient Greek, means "little crab". cantonensis: means "deriving from Canton (nowadays Guangdong)".
This interesting species, which we obtained for the first time now from Venezuela, belongs to the Curimata-relationship. At the first glimps it reminds one strongly to the well known headstander
(Chilodus punctatus), but it can be easily recognized by the black stripe through the eye. Moreover, Cyphocharax swims in a "normal" horizontal way.
Cyphocharax feed on Aufwuchs and look the whole day through on stones, roots, and plants for algae and the small animals inside them. Against each other C. multilineatus are very peaceful. Maximum length reported for the species is about 10 cm.
For our customers: the fish has code 251353 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Lexicon: Cyphocharax: from ancient Greek, means "Charax with a hump"; Charax is another genus of tetra. multilineatus: Latin, means "with many stripes".
Chilodus: ancient Greek, means "with teeth on the lips". punctatus: Latin, means "spotted".
Suggestion of a common name: Golden Mascara Tetra
We obtained this wonderful, glittering eartheater from Venezuela. The size is 15-18 cm. Members of the genus Satanoperca are also called "devilfishes", but despite this horrible name the fish are extremely peaceful. They live over sandy bottoms which they browse through in search for food. In such a habitat it makes no sense to defend a territory. Devilfishes are biparental, ovophilous mouthbrooders, which means that bot parents take alternating the young fish in the mouth. So one of the parents is always able to feed. Only in high danger the young fish are allowed to enter the mouth of both parents. However, the eggs are incubated by the female fish alone.
The name "devilfish" has been given to these nice cichlids by native fishermen in Amazonia. In the original description of S. jurupari, Heckel writes (1840): " ... his name Juruparí pindá means
devil´s fishing rod in Lingua geral".
It is thought that the fishermen were disgusted by the fact that the fish seemed to give birth to the offspring through the mouth and so associated the harmless creature with the devil.
For our customers: Satanoperca: Latin, means "devil´s perch". mapiritensis: after the type locality, the Rio Mapirito
Suggestion of a common name: Glitter Devilfish
Uaru amphiacanthoides "Santarem"
At present we can offer this magnificent variant of Uaru amphiacanthoides originating from Santarem. The fish impress by their metallical resplendent body and the cherry red eyes. All Uarus are
expressed plant lovers. Beside a meaty nutrition vegetarian food should be offered. The food spectrum is large, almost all fruit and vegetables are accepted and eaten greedy after habituation.
This applies naturally also to aquatic plants, so that a Uaru aquarium looks usually quite bare. You can try to add to an with roots and stones decorated fish tank some "hard" aquatic plants e.g.
Anubias or Microsorium species. Since they can reach with approximately 25 cm a stately size, large aquaria are needed (> 150 cm). Under to bright light Uarus do not feel particularly well.
Since they have calm temper, they do not like a socialization with hectic tank mates.
For our customers: the fish have code 688497 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Lexicon: Uaru: according to Heckel (1840) a name for a toad in the ancient Brazilian language. amphiacanthoides: menas "similiar to Amphiacanthus"; Amphiacanthus is a synonym to Siganus (rabbit fish).
Common name: Triangle cichlid
Astronotus ocellatus wild, Colombia
Now we could once more organize an importation of this fantastic cichlid from Colombia, but this time the fish are even more beautiful and have a lot of shining spots all over the belly. These
are really awesome and majestic fishes!
For our customers: the fish have code 632505 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Lexicon: Astronotus: ancient Greek, means "with stars on the back", referring to the coloration. ocellatus: Latin for "with an eyespot".
Common name: Oscar
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer