News column from Aquarium Glaser GmBH: January and February 2012.

Mikrogeophagus ramirezi Perlmutt / Pearl

Mikrogeophagus ramirezi Perlmutt / Pearl
Mikrogeophagus ramirezi Perlmutt / Pearl

This is a brandnew, extremely beautiful sport of the ram. We have them in sizes of 2.5 - 3.5 cm. For our customers: the fish have code 686733 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. T

ext & photos: Frank Schäfer

Platy "Coffee"

Platy "Coffee"
Platy "Coffee"

This Platy is a very attractive sport. The body colour is plain blueish-white with sharp contrasting black spots. The eye shines in a beautiful blue. The intensity of the latter depends on the light. This Platy represents in all probability a close relative of the "Bleeding Heart Platy", which is a descendent of the nowadays lost plain white "Ghost Platy". Both existing sports, as well as the mentioned "Ghost" sport, are bred exclusively on the zoological species Xiphophorus maculatus. For our customers: the fish has code 442153 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Lexicon: Xiphophorus: from ancient Greek, meaning „the one that bears a sword“. maculatus: Latin word for „spotted“

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Telmatherina bonti

Telmatherina bonti
Telmatherina bonti

The Malili lake system on Sulawesi (former Celebes) is home of spectacular shrimps, snails and mussels which are exported for the hobby. Now the import of an endemic atherinoid species was successful, namely Telmatherina bonti. Like many atherinoides of the Malili lakes this species is polychromatic, which means that males and females appear in different sports. In T. bonti, which by the way differs from all other Telmatherina species by lacking filamentous extensions in the first dorsal fin rays, yellow, white and yellow-white individuals exist. In nature they occur in mixed schools and there is no sexual preference observable (in the sense that yellow females prefer to mate with yellow males for example). So these sports are definitely not races or subspecies. The meaning of the polychromatism is unknown. In the aquarium, T. bonti, which can grow to approx. 8cm length, is a very peaceful and lively fish. Keeping is easy, if one considers that the water in the Malili lakes is always rather warm (approx. 28°C) and its pH value is always over 8. Both should be simulated in the aquarium. All usual dry and frozen fishfood is taken readily. Eggs are laid in plants. The fish are permanent spawners, generally speaking, breeding the fish is as easy as keeping it. Telmatherina bonti excites with its lively nature and the constant courtship. It never gets boring to watch a school of this fish - and it should always be a school! For our customers: the fish has code 461235 on our stocklist.Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Lexicon: Telmatherina: the word "telma" is ancient Greek and means "swamp"; Atherina is another genus of fish. bonti: after the indigenous name applied to the fish at Towuti lake: "bonti-bonti". Suggestion of a common name: Towuti Rainbowfish Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Tyttocharax tambopatensis

Tyttocharax tambopatensis
Tyttocharax tambopatensis

Finally we managed to get once more this largest of all Tyttocharax species: it becomes around 2 cm long. We have a limited number of fully grown, very nice specimens in stock. For our customers: the fish have code 298974 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Farlowella oxyrrhyncha

Farlowella oxyrrhyncha
Farlowella oxyrrhyncha

For the first time ever we received this extreme sharp nosed needle sucker in very limited numbers from Peru. For our customers: the fish have code 253864 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Pelvicachromis taeniatus "Nigeria Red"

Pelvicachromis taeniatus "Nigeria Red"
Pelvicachromis taeniatus "Nigeria Red"

For our customers: the animals have code 562304 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis ORANGE BOLIVIA

Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis ORANGE BOLIVIA
Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis

This is the last time we have this wonderful tetra in stock supplied by our proofed breeder, for the latter retired. The fish are fully grown top quality animals. For our customers: the fish have code 261634 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photo: Frank Schäfer

Neolissochilus stracheyi - Blue Tor

Neolissochilus stracheyi
Neolissochilus stracheyi

For the first time ever we have this splendid large barb (maximum size: approx. 60 cm) from Burma in stock. We have only a very limited number of specimens! If one photographs these fishes and sets the flashlight directly from the front the fish looks rather drab silvery. But in the real life, when the fish is swimming, the extremely large, diamond-shaped blue scales on the back shine brightly and the orange-red stripe on the side looks really gorgeous. It is due to these wonderful colours that the "Blue Tor" is already a much sought-for fish for koi carp ponds in tropical Asia (at temperatures between 22 and 24°C). These colours, which are always visible for the human eye under daylight conditions, can be shown in photos only in slightly underexposed pictures and grazing light. Neolissochilus inhabit rivers in primary forests of subtropical riegions of northern India, Burma, Thailand and most probably Cambodia. The water in their habitats is always very clean and it is known that the fish disappear when human activities (clearning, water pollution) are increasing. Due to the geografical distribution the species is adapted to water temperatures between 16 and 26°C. For our customers: the fish have code 438363 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Lexicon: Neolissochilus: ancient Greek, means "new Lissochilus"; Lissochilus is anther genus of barb. stracheyi: dedication name. Blue Tor: the common name refers to the large blue scales on the back and the overall similarity of the fish to the members of the carp genus Tor.

Campylomormyrus elephas BRED

Campylomormyrus
Campylomormyrus elephas

For the first time ever we received bred specimens of that interesting species. The charming young fish do not look at all like the adult ones, for the species-specific "trunk-nose" is not developed yet. Currently our fish are 3-4 cm long. Available in limited numbers only. For our customers: the fish have code 109611on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Badis singenensis (B. sp. Buxar)

Badis singenensis (B. sp. Buxar)
Badis singenensis

We have received wonderful wild collected specimens of this splendid red species. The fish becomes about 4 cm long. It has been described scientifically only in the end of 2011. For our customers: the species has code 368142 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photo: Frank Schäfer

Compsaraia samueli

Pelicano Knifefish, Samuel´s Ghost Knifefish
Compsaraia samueli

Only a few specimens of one of the most remarkable knifefishes of the New World reached us from Peru: Compsaraia samueli. The males of this "pelicano knifefish" develope grotesque long snouts. The males are absolutely intolerant against each other. They fight with mouths wide open in a manner that is known from fighting male deer. The maximum size of the species, which has been described scientifically only in 2009, is about 23 cm. Males become sexually ripe with about 19, females with 15 cm length. In our fishhouse, the fish are fed with Tubifex and small feeder fish (Tanichthys). Regarding the water the knifefish, which are collected in the vicinity of Iquitos, are quite undemanding. However, it is best to keep the fish in soft and slightly acidic water and temperatures between 22 and 26°C. For our customers: the fish have code 218205 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Lexicon: Compsaraia: from ancient Greek, means "with elegant fin ray"; the genus name refers to the anal fin structure. samueli: dedication name for Samuel Albert. Suggestion of a common name: Pelicano Knifefish, Samuel´s Ghost Knifefish

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Esomus danrica

Esomus danrica
Esomus danrica

The Indian flying barb has been exported to Europe already around the year 1900. Since that time generations of aquarists enjoyed them. Flying barbs remind one very much on Danios: peaceful, lively schooling fish that prefer to swim near the water surface. The maximum length of the fish is around 6 cm. Flying barbs are egg scatterers that spawn in and near fine water plants. As the fish originates from Bengal they can be told subtropical fish and tolerate quite low water temperatures (temperatures as low as 14°C are no problem for the fish) as well as very high ones (around 30°C). However, one must never stress the fish with strongly fluctuating water temperatures! Esomus are absolutely peaceful fish and do never destroy plants. Their popular name "flying barbs" refers to the very large pectoral fins that are used for short distance flights when the fish panic due to a predator and jump out of the water. Flying barbs feed on any usual type of ornamental fish food. For our customers: the fish have code 415603 on our stocklist.Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Lexicon: Esomus: from ancient Greek, means "with elongate body". danrica: after the common name of the fish in Bengal. Common name: Bengal Flying Barb Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Knodus borki-Blue Tetra

Knodus borki-Blue Tetra
Knodus borki

Currently we have wonderful, wild collected large Blue Peru Tetras in stock. This fish was known in the trade for a long time under the name of Boehlkea fredcochui until it was found that this name applies to a total different species. So the Blue Peru Tetra now is called Knodus borki, but it still is as beautiful as it has always been. For our customers: the fish has code 210003 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Super Neon Blue Gold

Super Neon Blue Gold
Super Neon Blue Gold

We have received another, gorgeous sport of the ram from our German breeder. The fish have sizes of 2.5 - 3.5 cm and are very healthy. For our customers: the fish have code 686723 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. The new ram is available in limited numbers only!

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

German bred fiddler crabs

German bred fiddler crabs
German crabs

We received a limited number of German bred specimens of the fiddler crab Uca rapax. Our breeder keeps and breeds this species for more than 12 generations now! The animals are very stable and both sexes are extant. For our customers: the animals have code 489552 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Aphyosemion striatum

Currently we have this beautiful fish bred by German breeders in stock. Sadly the killifish as a whole are often still regarded as sensitive, short living fishes that cannot be kept in community tanks. However, this is wrong. The Aphyosemion species that attach the eggs on substrates and hatch the eggs under water (in other species - the so-called annual species - the eggs have to be kept dry for a while) do live as comparatively long as other fish of similiar size, eg 2-3 years. A striatum belongs to the long-living group. And the fish are not very sensitive. But they look only good when kept in the correct environment. The tank setup has to be quite dark and it should contain a lot of underwater plants. Now the fish feel safe and display their bright colours. And finally: of course Aphyosemion are a bit shy and slow. So it is a very bad idea to keep them along with tough and fast swimming fish, like many cichlids or the Tiger barb. On the other hand, small and peaceful fish, like many tetras, rasboras, anabantoids or small catfish species are perfect tankmates for Aphyosemion striatum. Hardness and pH are of lesser meaning for a successful keeping of these fish, but in general the water should be poor in bacteria and the pH should not be higher than 7.5. The water temperature can be between 22 and 28°C, the lower degrees should be preferred. Aphyosemion striatum feed on any type of regular ornamental fish food.

For our customers: the fish have code 314503 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Common name: Red Striped Killi

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer


Guppy King Cobra Sunrise

Guppy King Cobra Sunrise
Guppy King Cobra Sunrise

This new sport of the guppy is characterized by its caudal fin coloration. This fin is yellow at its base and becomes deep red at the edges. Thus the name "Sunrise" is a perfect description of the fish. For our customers: the new guppy has code 418413 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.