News column from the Aquarium Glaser GmBH: June of 2012.

Betta splendens SHORTFIN ELEPHANT EAR

390643 betta splendens elephant ear2
Betta splendens elephant ear
Betta splendens elephant ear2
Betta splendens elephant ear2

This new type of Siamese fighter is a real dream! The fish reached us currently from Thailand. The name "Elephat Ear" refers to the coloured pectoral fins, which are the typical character of that sport. Available in limited numbers only!
For our customers: the fish have code 390643 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photo: Frank Schäfer

Xiphophorus hellerii MARLBORO WAGTAIL

Xiphophorus hellerii MARLBORO WAGTAIL
Xiphophorus hellerii MARLBORO WAGTAIL
Xiphophorus hellerii MARLBORO WAGTAIL
Xiphophorus hellerii MARLBORO WAGTAIL 2

We have this extremely beautiful swordtail for the first time ever in stock. It represents an absolutely new sport that bases on the light-finned "Marlboro". Available in limited numbers only!
For our customers: the fish has code 421233 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Leporellus vittatus

Leporellus vittatus
Leporellus vittatus

Finally we were once more able to import some of the very rarely offered Leporellus vittatus from Brazil. This extraordinary species attains a length of approximately 25 cm and belongs to the headstander tetra relationship. However, in Leporellus the air bladder is mostly reduced and so the fish live strictly bottom orientated.
Our animals are currently 10-12 cm long. Like all headstanders, these fish establish a hierarchy among themselves. They look most beautiful in strongly lightened aquaria with a good current. Leporellus feed readily on any type of fishfood, but all headstanders have a type of teeth that are specialized for feeding on plant material. So one should offer the fish a great variety of plant material for a proper feeding. For our customers: the fish have code 265725 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Lexicon: Leporellus: diminuative of Leoprinus, eg "small Leporinus"; Leporinus is another genus of tetra. vittatus: Latin, means "striped". Suggestion of a common name: Yellow-golden Striped Tetra
Text & photo: Frank Schäfer

Crenicichla sp. Ventuari

Crenicichla sp. Ventuari
Crenicichla sp. Ventuari

We received this extremely rare species from Venezuela. The fish is a comparatively small (maximum length observed so far is 16 cm), very colorful member of the Crenicichla-saxatilis-group. Available in very limited numbers only!
For our customers: the fish have code 673053 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

New Nothobranchius in stock!

Nothobranchius sp. "Caprivi Strip"

Nothobranchius sp. "Caprivi Strip"
Nothobranchius sp. "Caprivi Strip"

Nothobranchius ruudwildekampi

Nothobranchius ruudwildekampi
Nothobranchius ruudwildekampi

We have received a very limited number of two new species of Nothobranchius from a German breeder. The first species has been decribed scientifically in 2009 under the name of Nothobranchius ruudwildekampi, the other remains still undescribed and is known as N. sp. "Caprivi Strip".
For our customers: the animals have code 338223 (ruudwildekampi) and 330353 (Caprivi Strip) on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Platystacus cotylephorus

Platystacus cotylephorus
Platystacus cotylephorus

We received this beautiful banjo cat from Brazil currently. The species represents by far the most desirable member of the family. The fish becomes approximately 30 cm long and thus should be kept in larger tanks. In contrast to most other banjo catfishes - which usually do not move if possible - this species is comparetively lively.
Platystacus cotylephorus inhabits the lower reaches of rivers and even tolerates brackish water. It can be kept, however, also in pure freshwater, but the pH should be neutral or slightly alcalic in that case and the water should be medium hard, not soft.
Basically speaking the species is very peaceful, although very small tank inhabitants may be eaten. The banjo cats accept readily any type of frozen food, most do even feed on granulated dry food; Tubifex are regarded as an delicatecy.
One of the characteristic features of the species is the fact that there do not exist even two specimens with exactly the same coloration. There are no differences between the sexes known for sure, but it is said that females have a rather brown basic coloration while males have a black one. In our fish quite different shapes of the dorsal fin can also be observed which possibly proof to be a way for sexing the fish.
Although the species has not been bred successfully in aquaria so far it is known that the female attaches the eggs on the underside of its belly until they hatch. This is an unique case of broodcare in fishes. For our customers: the fish have code 280603 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Lexicon: Platystacus: ancient Greek, combines the words "broad" and "needle"; referring to the shape of the body. cotylephorus: ancient Greek, means "bearing cups", referring to the honeycomb-like skin structure on the belly of the females, in which the eggs are deposited. Suggestion of a common name: Longtail banjo cat.

Text & Photos: Frank Schäfer