Some shots of my Catfish, Loaches, Eels, Algae eat

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Postby saracen » 2007-04-12 11:16

Lovely pics, as always!

And WOW! Look at those spines! Just goes to show, we should always have respect around our fishy friends, as they are perfectly capable of defending themselves.
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Postby Aquaboy » 2007-05-09 05:06

:w00t: Man, I've never seen any fish photos this close up and clear. Howd you get em to be still for ya? I cant ever geta decent pic of my fish cause they won't slow down. I love the pic of the oto, but make sure your tank is sealed tight because I use to have two otos, and 1 jumped out :rip: .Following that unfortunate incident my other died of loneliness. Also, give em some food cause I read if ya just let em eat algae, they'll eat it all and starve to death.
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Postby carpy » 2007-05-21 10:37

hi!

i would say that is dysichthys knerii. it must be dysichthys as bunocephalus and amaralia are no where near as smooth, and i believe all platystacus sp are the whiptails. i also have a banjo, which i believe to be dysichthys knerii.

awesome pics by the way mate, what camera do you use, and what lens do you use with those pictures?

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Postby AQUASAUR » 2007-05-21 20:49

Thanks for the info, Alex!
All about me, my photos?is here:
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Postby AQUASAUR » 2007-06-06 00:15

You know yet hose my tank with Discus/Rainbows?
Here is a photo series of one young Clown Loach living happy there too:

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Postby carpy » 2007-06-06 16:25

wow, those are fantastic pictures, and fantastic discus!!

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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-06-06 17:45

Wow, he's beautiful! Actually, I'm that impressed, PM me an email, and I def will send a photo! :D

I even set the loach swimming past the discus as my background - that's AWESOME.
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Postby carpy » 2007-06-06 21:07

yea, i have also saved that photo with the beautifully red discus and the clown loach, that is a fantastic photo :tup:

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Postby cich1 » 2007-06-25 05:15

wow truely fantastic pictures and an awesome collection of fish.:)
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Postby smiley » 2007-06-25 20:36

:( your pictures are too good .....

and i love the 'top down' clown loach shot.
Clown loach have a funny swimming syle that you seemed to cought in the pictures.... well done :tup:
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can plecs see what they are eating ?
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Postby AQUASAUR » 2007-07-01 11:06

Indigo Blue Fish wrote:Wow, he's beautiful! Actually, I'm that impressed, PM me an email, and I def will send a photo! :D


Hey, Amber, sorry for my modest English...but, please, PM me and translate this a little bit more...:P

Thank you friends for the kindly words... :tup:

So, if somebody bought yet the new copy of TFH magazine,
hope to see these photos of my Reedfish by the best resolution...
especially the cover of the magazine... :D

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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-07-01 18:47

*laughs* Sorry, that was a bit obscure. I meant PM me your email address, and I'll find a photo for you, because I'm really impressed with some of your latest work.

I love your reedfish, what does it eat? The sensory spots around it's head suggest it's a predator, am I right? I like the big "smile" it has!
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Postby AQUASAUR » 2007-07-01 21:15

Thank you, Amber! Image
I didn?t hide my email at all, though?it?s still: aquasaur@mail.bg or aquasaur@gmail.com
Appreciate confidentially every Ladies pics, send to me?especially the close ups and detailed macro shots? Image

Yes, that Reedfish is a kind of Predator?it loves all living or frozen food ? Shrimps,Artemia, Hironomus, Tubifex?
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Postby carpy » 2007-07-02 16:27

reedfish --- Erpetoichthys calabaricus

also known as rope fish

fish lives in africa, and is a close relative of the polypterus family of fish, which can be seen by the head features, and a similarity can also be seen in the elongated reed fish, and the slightly squatter and bulkier polypterus.

can be sexed in the following method: Males have more "spikes" on their top fins than females, and they appear to be more olive in color. Males generally have between 9-12 "spikes" and females less then 10 with a more of ochre color. females are also often a little bulkier. the anal fin is alo reputed to be thiker and bulkier in the male

they have only been bred on a few occasions i believe, and as far as i am aware the eggs are attached to plants in the wild, though other surfaces are also used. i believe they hatch after 3 days. fry should be fed on small live foods, i would guess things like daphnia, artemia nauplii, etc

they come from west african waters, and as such like to have neutral to slightly acidic water. they do well in temperatures of around 26oC, though the range is about 22 - 29 oC

these fish (despite common belief that they only get to about 15") can get to around 36" (90cm) though in captivity they will get no larger than 24" (60).

they should not be kept with very large aggressive or predatory fish, such as large cichlids. equally as they are predators, they should not be kept with fish that are thinner than the width of the reedfish (as a general rule). most fish above 4" (10cm) are left alone.

as you mentioned IBF, they are predators. they will eat anything "meaty" - most frozen foods, mine loves frozen bloodworm, blackworm, daphnia, but anything will be accepted. also relish live foods, i feed mine with earthworms, and live shrimp. my one, which is about 10" will also, if bothered, go for large live bloodoworms, if they wriggle enticingly.

these fish arent aggressive, and are real characters. they do best in small groups, around 6 being perfect (i have mine singly, but will be adding some more this week, hopefully)

due to its size, a large tank should be offered, 4' (120cm) or above being best. should ideally be furnished with bogwood, plants, sand, and some hiding places, eg tubes, or upturned flowerpots. if they are available to it, then they will most likely be more active, as they feel more secure.

lol, i have just noticed how much i have written, might as well be a care sheet...o well! :vic:

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Postby AQUASAUR » 2007-07-02 22:16

Thank you, Alex, for the comprehensive info Image
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