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….
T. ruweti is a small, true Tilapia found in the far southeastern sections of the Congo River basin. It is famous as being the cichlid found in the Okvangu delta, a very unique habitat where the Zambezi River literally empties into a desert, creating an incredible oasis. Unfortunately, that aqua-oasis comes close to completely drying out every dry season, and if that were to happen the population of T. ruweti in that delta could disappear. That is why the fish is a priority species in the C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program.
This diminutive cichlid is also one of the most well-suited Tilapines for a small aquarium. Adults rarely grow larger than 3″, and they are not overly aggressive, even when spawning. Breeding reports are few for this species. The trio I am working with act like they want to spawn, but so far… no luck. Hopefully soon….
Hey! An actual fish video… from my fish room! About freakin’ time!
C. g. guentheri is the most widely distributed species in the genus. This pair was imported from Ghana, and were said to have been collected in Lake Volta. That lake is a reservoir which happens to have the largest surface area of all the reservoirs in the world, and the fourth largest by volume. Two river systems were flooded in 1965 to make the lake: the White Volta and the Black Volta. C. g. guentheri is actually a river fish that has been able to make the switch to living in a lake. I hate to think about all the species that did not….
What I like most about the genus Chromidotilapia is the diversity of behaviors and communication they display. While all cichlids are great communicators, these West African mouthbrooders seem to be very clear in how they talk to each other and their fry. You will some some examples of that in the video. Enjoy…
I have posted a list in the Livestock page of fish that I have available for delivery to the ACA convention next week. I am not shipping fish right now, so unless you are coming to the ACA convention, please do not ask me for. Putting fish in the mail with the temperatures as hot as they are would be risking their lives!
If you do want me to bring you fish to the convention, send me an email with what you want and I will reply with a total. Prepayment is appreciated, but not absolutely necessary if you intend to pay with cash. I will arrive at the convention Wednesday afternoon. Please plant to pick up your fish by Friday evening. I will NOT be tanking the fish at the convention.
I WILL NOT BE TAKING ANY FISH OTHER THAN WHAT IS PRE-SOLD.