July is here… but I will not be! I am off to the ACA Convention next week, and then on vacation until the end of July. Shipping will start again in August.
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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.
A big order arrived today, and there are several species that I have either never gotten before or have not seen in a long time:
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….
Updates stock list is up for next week delivery. New fish include
Betta albimarginata – young adults… very nice!
Betta unimaculata – HUGE! Only three pairs, so snap them up quick.
Chocolate gouramies…. three species: regular, cherry and Vaillant’s
Crossocheilus reticulatus… siamese-type algae eater that is reported to eat brush algae
Tuberschistura arakenensis… nano species, rosy loach
2nd-day shipping is now available for $35 or actual rice + $15% (whichever is lower). Live arrival is not guaranteed on any shipping slower than overnight. We are still pretty cold here in WI (expecting more snow tonight… uhg), but next week should be ok.
Every time I think this Winter is over, the forecast calls for more snow. 2-4″ on April 1st? Really? If the weatherman is playing a joke, it’s a bad one. We have warmed up enough that I can start ordering fish again though. Last week I got a SPECTACULAR order of wild fish from a new source in Columbia. Big cardinals, lot’s of great cory cats, checkerboard cichlids, royal farlowella, whiptail cats, parrot cichlids, baby wild oscars…. AND AND AND the real Apistogramma viejita!
More great stuff coming March 31. Several boxes from Brazil that will have some Apisto. mendezi, A. elizibathae and Dicrossus maculatus. And some Asian fish I have been nervous about missing out on this season. Chocolate gouramies: regular chocolate, cherry chocolate & vallianti chocolate. Betta albimarginata. Betta unimaculata. Crossocheilus reticulatus… a different siamese algae eater that is reputed to eat brush algae.
If we can get past these SNOW STORMS we might even be able to start shipping 2-day….
Repashy Inc. has discontinued the 4oz bag sizes of all their foods, so everything I have in 4oz is the last of the product in that size. The replacements will be a 3oz jar and a 6oz jar, so we are losing one size and getting two in return. The 3oz is a great size for trying the product for the first time, and the 6oz jar is a better value than the 4oz bag was. The 4oz bags will remain in the stock shop until they are sold out. The 3oz and 6oz jars will be available as soon as I take my first shipment of them later this week.
Every now and then I am able to get a hold of something special. I have gotten two shipments of Corydoras sp. ‘Super Bicolor / Giant Panda’ … aka CW051. I am definitely pulling a spawning group of these beauties. I will try to get a video up this weekend. The fish are listed on the FISH LIST .