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Baloney Socks!

In Baloney Socks on April 27, 2010 at 4:05 am

Belonesox belizanus, the Pike Livebearer, looks like a typical livebearer until you get to the mouthful of sharp, pointy teeth! It’s got an uncharacteristic (for livebearers) predatory grin…

And it’s not actually pronounced “baloney socks”, but I saw this creative rendition on a forum somewhere and just can’t get it out of my mind!

Pretty cool-looking livebearer.

That mouth is absolutely full of teeth!

Belonesox always look angry - like a growling dog.


Baby Cichlid Studies

In Baby Cichlid Studies on April 23, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Broke out the primitive 2 megapixel Olympus just because.. This was my first serious digital camera – C2040 with the super bright f1.8 lense. Paired with a Canon close-up lense and it can still play with the big boys. Reminds me of Chris Chelios a few yrs ago..

Anyways, 2 batches of baby cichlids… First are about 5 days old. These are from my male Herichthys carpinte and a female hybrid (Salvini x Red Devil). Really not sure what these are going to look like.

They're not actually swimming. A little sticky thread on their heads is attached to the moss.

They're developing fast, yolk sacs getting smaller.. And they have surprisingly huge mouths already!

They look like little aliens!

The next batch of babies is a little over a month old. Growing slowly, but seem to be just starting to sprout. The biggest ones are about 1 cm long. Father is a Cryptoheros nanoluteus and mother is a runt Amatitlania siquia (Honduran Red Point). She has great iridescence, but only grew to a little over an inch. Which actually is the perfect size for her mate. Any bigger, and she would beat the heck out of him like an abusive housewife!

The young are just starting to show some bits of colour here and there. I think they have great potential which is why I went a bit crazy with the pix!

One of the bigger ones. Almost for sure a female (dark spot in the dorsal fin). It's crazy that they're sorta sexable at this size.

They are all starting to show some iridescence, especially on the gill plate.

Here's a closer look. You can almost see the individual iridophores! (not!)

This is what a bloodworm looks like after all the blood has been sucked out of the worm!

Foraging in java moss.

From behind and on top. Little bits of colour all over.

They look great from almost any angle!

Little girl nibbling on the air tubing.

Here's a boy (no dark spot in the dorsal fin) who's definitely got some potential.

Here's a dirty pic.. (the glass). I included this one to show the blue colour coming in on the anal fin.

Mother sans breeding colours (which are more high contrast white/black). She's not too photogenic, but she has great iridescence all over.

Father is a fairly normal looking nanoluteus. When breeding, he also goes mostly white/black (some yellow stays in the fins and on the gill plates).

Here's the pair together. He's really into her, and she just loves him. Nice odd couple. Hopefully the young end up with some colour from both.

Trip to Tropical Fever!

In Trip to Tropical Fever on April 11, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Did a little road trip to Fergus, Ontario to check out Terry Clements place. He breeds several rare African cichlid species. I was after some of his Neolamprologus Jumbo Brichardi “Fulwe Rocks”. Apparently, these guys can get huge!

Terry’s a nice guy, and highly knowledgeable. He’s done some interesting things in his fishroom which you just gotta see.

The fishroom itself is not large, but it’s packed with super nice fish. Very high quality stuff. And healthy. In the pix you’ll notice that his backgrounds look like granite. He told us he actually spray-bombed the outside using this “stone” spray paint. He even does the bottom glass (outside), and it looks awesome!

He has a website with stock list and prices (which are very, very reasonable).

Here are a few pix of his fish:

Metriaclima sp. "Msobo Deep"

Solid yellow Labidochromis caeruleus

Placidochromis phenochilus "Mdoka" - Love those bright white lips!

Aulonocara baenschi - One of the nicest yellow peacocks.

Couple of Uncommon WC Tetras

In Couple of Uncommon WC Tetras on April 1, 2010 at 1:55 am

Here are some nice wild caught tetras that have made their way into my tanks over the past year.

First is Gymnocorymbus thayeri. These are from a supplier in Peru. Imported by Aquatic Kingdom in Mississauga. One of my favourite large tetras cuz they have so much iridescent gold on them.  Not your average tetra and an excellent dither fish to boot!

Gymnocorymbus thayeri

Next is a new species of Megalamphodus from the Pantanal in Brazil. These look like the missing link between red phantom and black phantom tetras. Reddish body, bright red adipose fin, and jet black tails! Imported by

Very nice little tetras when they're happy!

Cichlasoma Atromaculatum

In Cichlasoma Atromaculatum on April 1, 2010 at 1:27 am

From Rio Atrato in Colombia. These guys are rarely seen in the hobby mostly because the area where they live is still wild and very difficult to access. Colouration varies, but this cichlid is not known for eye-popping colour. However, at only 2 inches long, this girl is already showing great promise.

Nice young female atromaculatum

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