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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or contact me through this website.
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.
Cooler weather is starting to creep in, and so are new livestock orders. Price lists are updated with the few new fish that arrived last week, all through quarantine and ready to go. Wild cardinal tetras and tank-raised rummynose are rock solid. The male congo tetras are a good size for shipping. The assassin snails are bigger than usual too. Clown loach season is still on, and the stock I have look awesome… fat loaches!
Livestock orders over the next two weeks include
West Africa – Pelvicachromis, Benitochromis, Synodontis, Polypterus, Pantodon, Micralestes and more
I am back from vacation and shipping again. So long as the temperatures are not above 85 where you are at, 2nd day will work fine for a while. if it is hot where you are at, overnight is best. Priority Overnight will arrive to most destinations by 10:00 AM. It will not get picked up here until after 5:00 PM, so the box will be in transit less than 18 hours. You can see the stock lists here:
Thanks to the Missouri Aquarium Society, Inc. I had a chance to play with my video camera’s underwater housing in an Ozark stream this week. North American native fish would be an addiction easy to succumb to. Unfortunately, the Wisconsin invasive species laws prevent me from being able to collect fish all over the midwest and bring them back to my fish room. I will just have to stick to video and pictures… they are easier to transport anyway.
We spent half a day filming and netting in Whittenburg Creek, at the town of Steelville, MO, which is a tributary of the Meremac River. The conditions were great. Clear, shallow water on a sunny day. Take a look at the video:I thought the variety of fish we found was great, but the MASI members on hand told me that they usually find more at this location, especially darters. I netted this nice male fantail darter (Etheostoma flabellare)
There were two common minnows in the stream, southern redbelly dace (Crosomus erythrogaster)
and bleeding shiners (Luxilus zonatus).
We also found two species of Fundulus killifish: the black spot top minnow (F. olivaceus)
and the northern studfish (F. cantanatus)
Banded sculpin were very common (Cottus carolinae).
Unfortunately, we disturbed a madtom catfish nest, but did not catch the catfish. Here is a picture of the eggs. They were hard like a cory cat egg, and very well attached to the underside of this rock. Mike Hellweg (my host for the trip) took them home to try to hatch them. If anyone can do that, it will be Mike!
We also collected fish in the Meremac River itself, but the water was cloudy and filming poor. Maybe next time!
Lots of very nice Apsitogramma on today’s order in from the Czech Republic. Better size than the last order too. Highlights are some smaller A. cacatuoides that are lower in price, more Dutch rams, big A. agassizii of various flavors, two different A. veijita (normal and Gold), more Laetacara dorsigera ‘Bolivia’, A. sp. ‘Opal Red Mask’, A. borelli ‘Paraguay’ and some A. trifasciata. Some Altolamprologus compressiceps ‘Sumbu’, which is the dwarf, shell-dwelling compressiceps also came in on special order for a customer, but I have five more that I can sell. If you are interested, ask… they are not on the list.
Betta pugnax – I have not seen this cool, larger mouthbrooding species in a while. Compared to other wild Betta sp, this is not very expensive. Try this one if you want to get some experience with the larger mouth brooders.
Betta channoides – a lot like B. albimarginata, but brighter orange and a little smaller.
Akysis vespa – the Asian wasp catfish. Don’t get stung! I have not had this fish before. It is very pretty and interesting. According to Mike Hellweg, they will breed in an aquarium.
Trichogaster chuna – Honey gouramies!
Lot’s of shrimp: orange rili, carbon rili, super red cherry (awesome), blue velvet, armadillo/leopard, crystal red
Large Pangio kuhli!
Trigonostigma heteromorpha and T. hengeli rasboras
Corydoras sterbai, paleatus & panda
Anomalochromis cf. thomasi…. small westie butterfly cichlid. This is the spotted Guinea form that stays small
Fire eels, black ghost knives, celebes halfbeaks, Denison barbs, tricolor Showa swordtails, Danio tinwini, D. kyathit….