Solid Gold with Jenny

When I went up to Minnesota last weekend, I was invited to do an interview with Jenny, the talented aquarist who shares her hobby with us through her YouTube channel Solid Gold.  Jenny posted the video of our interview this evening, and I am really impressed.  I also see that I really need to go on a diet!  I with think about it over a beer…  The interview was a lot of fun to do.  Jenny is a lot of fun to hang out with.  Check out her YouTube channel.  Here is the video:

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New Instock with Plants and new discount structure

Here is a new in-stock list with the plants that came in this week.  I am also doing away with a separate wholesale list, and this new list has a discount structure to accommodate wholesale quantities.

The plants arrived from Singapore in excellent condition, as is usual.  Some of them are in limited quantities, so if you are interested jump on them quickly.

 

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Today in the Fish Room

Here is a short video of a few of the dwarf cichlids that are set up in spawning tanks.  The Apistogramma cacatuoides ‘Pucallpa’ have 10-day old fry.  A first look at the wild Pelvicachromis subocellatus ‘Moanda’ pair I got from Oliver a couple weeks ago.  An update on the Nanochromis splendens that are starting to mature.  And a look the the A. bitaeniata ‘Rio Tigre’ that are, hopefully, close to spawning.

 

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Apistogreamma alpahuayo

Here is a video of one of the black chin apisto types I am working with right now.  This is the ‘common’ variety, which means that it is a mix of fish from various places and given the descriptive term ‘yellow form’.  You will see two distinct types of males in the video.  I also have some of the same species from specific river systems (Rio Tigre and Rio Aguaytio).  They are different, though some of the fish in the ‘common’ look a lot like the Aguaytio form.  The black chin is very similar to A. cacatuoides.  They are often mistaken for each other.  One of the easiest featured to look for is the gap between the rear end of the lateral line stripe and the caudal peduncle spot… that gap is characteristic of A. aplpahuayo.  I really like this whole group of cichlids, and it seems like every river in Peru has a different form.  Enjoy…

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New Peru Order

A new import from Peru arrived last week with a lot of cool fish that I have not brought in before.  The price lists are updated on the livestock page.  Here are some of the highlights:

Corydoras stenocephalus – Rio Ucayali

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Corydoras cf. semiaquilus – Rio Napo

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Corydoras orcesi

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Elachocharax pulcher

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Trochilocharax ornatus

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Hyphessobrycon sp. ‘bleeding blue’

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Hyphessobrycon ‘red’

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Lots of splash tetras…

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Candelita tetra

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Odontocharacidium aphanes

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I have not started photographing the Apistogramma yet, but new fish include:

  • 3 different locations of A. cacatuoides
  • A. nijsseni
  • A. sp. Oregon
  • A. pantalone
  • A. bitaeniata ‘Rio Yavari’
  • A. atahualpa
  • A. alphuayo
  • A. baenschi
  • A. paulmueller ‘Apache’
  • A. ortagai ‘papagayo’

There are also some oddball catfish:  Helogenes marmoratus, Myoglanis koepckei & Denticetopsis seducta

And… because lots of you have asked for them….  more red wolf fish!  Erythrinus erythrinus

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Apistogramma panduro… Mirror Therapy

Here is a video of a pair of wild A. panduro that are in the process of getting ready to spawn.  This species is one of the nijsseni-group apistos, and as such it can be pretty aggressive.  They prefer to spawn in pairs, and other fish in the tank can take a pretty good beating from a dominant pair.  This can be a problem when a pair is not fully bonded.  If the male is not receptive to the advances of the female, or if an amorous male does not get the response he wants from a female, then there is a chance that the male can attack and kill the female.  Mirror therapy can help…  by using a mirror to solicit a territorial response by the pair, their bond is made stronger.  You will see in the video that the male is very aggressive on the mirror… he hits it hard multiple times.  The female will also join in on the defense, which is a good sign that the pair is bonding well.

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Beckford’s Pencil Fish…

I keep a lot of Beckford’s pencil fish (Nannostomus beckfordi) in with my dwarf cichlids, and in my photo tanks, as dither fish.  I did a big water change on the photo tanks today, and two males in one of them started to spar with each other… so I grabbed the camera.  Enjoy…

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Apistogramma trifasciata

Here is a video of a new group of A. trifasciata.  When I set up apistos for breeding, I start with multiple males and females.  Once a dominant male becomes established I remove the extra males, otherwise the dominant male spends ore time worrying about the competition than he does spawning…. as you will see in this video.  I removed the extra male after shooting this footage.

This species comes in from the Czech Republic as A. trifasciata ‘Macilliensis’… but that is not really a valid name.  This is a basically a nice tank strain trifasciata.

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Group Order Pre-Sale List for Below Water (Oliver Lucanus)

Below Water is Oliver Lucanus’ business in Canada (Montreal).  Oliver has spent a lot of time and effort developing many export contacts from many of countries in South America and Africa, and he manages to bring some of the rarest fish from those countries…. to Canada.  Oliver and I are going to try to offer those fish to hobbyists in the USA.  I am organizing the first pre-sales import to arrive in Chicago on January 8, 2015.  If you are interested in joining in on the order, the link below will download a spreadsheet order form.  The instructions for placing an order are at the top of the spread sheet.  If you have any difficulties, please send me an email (tjudy@tedsfishroom.com) or contact me through this website.

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Here are the basics:

  • Orders are due to me by January 2
  • If we have enough participants to place the order, I will send you a PayPal invoice with the total including shipping from me to you.  That invoice will need to be paid by January 4 in order to place the order.
  • Fish will arrive in Chicago on January 8 (a Thursday) at 9:00 AM.  I will drive down to get the order (clear inspection, customs, etc…) and then repackage the fish (rebag/reox…. water change if necessary) and ship them out to you via FedEx Priority Overnight the same day…. you will receive the fish on Friday, January 9.
  • Prices reflect Oliver’s retail plus a service fee to cover the overhead of the order.  Prices are FOB Chicago… shipping to you from me is extra.  Most boxes will be in the $50 -$70 range to get to you.  If you need a shipping quote before I send you an invoice, please ask.

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Apistogramma sp. Melgar

It is amazing what a few black worms will do to cure apisto shyness.  This video is of some Apistogramma. sp. ‘Melgar’ that took two days to lose their fear of the camera… but it required liberal quantities of worms to do it.  This has to be one of the most under-appreciated dwarf cichlids from Peru.  I think it is beautiful, especially the huge females.  Here is a picture:

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Enjoy the video…

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