Two Apistogramma

Here is a video showing two Apistogramma species from the most recent order from Peru.  I set these fish up in the photo tank and decided to get some video as well.

Apistogramma bitaeniata ‘Rio Tigre’ is one of the prettiest forms of this species I have seen.  I really like the black, white and yellow markings.  Just after I put them into the photo tank a couple males really lit up, but by the time I had the video camera in my hand they stopped.  Here is a still pic though:

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The second species in the video is a bit of a mystery.  It was shipped as A. payaminonus (a holy grail species), but that is not what was sent.  I think that they are one of the cruzi-group fish that comes from the same area, possibly A. playayacu.  It is a pretty fish though.  Notice in the pictures and video how bent and skinny the larger fish are.  This is sue to malnutrition, and can happen rapidly, especially in older fish.  But the condition is usually reversible with plenty of food and good water quality.  I generally stay away from buying these larger specimens, however, and choose younger fish when I can.  Here are some still pics of a young male, an old male and a female:

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Enjoy the video…

 

 

Unpacking A Fish Order

Here is a video on a subject that I have been wanting to show you for a while…. unpacking a large order of fish.  A lot of planning goes into getting a new order of fish into the fish room, especially am import from out of the country.  In this case, 30 boxes from Peru!!!

New Fish Orders – FINALLY

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….

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Another Unknown Apisto…

This fish came in being sold as ‘black chin’, which it most definitely is not…