Posts Tagged ‘nanoluteus’

Cryptoheros nanoluteus

In Cryptoheros Nanoluteus on October 17, 2010 at 11:38 am

Just a few random close-up pix of Cryptoheros nanoluteus. This is my favourite small Central American cichlid. They’re super colourful, but a little sensitive to poor water chemistry and don’t take kindly to change.

Cryptoheros nanoluteus male. Got this guy from Spencer Jack about 2 years ago.

C. nanoluteus are very colourful little cichlids from Central America. They are covered in many shades of yellow and a blue-green iridescence all over the body and fins that is hard to capture by camera.

Flourescent yellow with bright blue eyes! When spawning, they actually lose a some of their colour and become more black/white/gray.

Close-up of his teeth.


Nanoluteus x HRP

In Nanoluteus x HRP on September 6, 2010 at 12:52 am

What do you get when you cross a male Cryptoheros nanoluteus and a female Amatitlania siquia “Honduran Red Point”?

Mother Honduran Red Point

Father Cryptoheros nanoluteus

The progeny of this pair, which I’m calling NHRP, are finally starting to get adult colours. Lots of iridescence in the fins. All pix taken with a Panasonic FZ-50, with external flash, shutter priority. They have NOT been post-processed at all (other than being cropped down to size). It’s WYSIWYG, but remember the flash does tend to bring out more of the iridescence then one would see under regular aquarium lighting. Apologies for the dirty glass!

Nanolutes X HRP female. This one has paired up with another male from the same batch. Body colour looks like it's mostly HRP.

Pretty colourful little NHRP pair, female in front.

NHRP male - This one is the biggest of the batch. Cheeks showing some influence of the nanoluteus. The gold, green and blue fins show influences from both parents.

Here's the parents together. She's a runt, but he's really into her.

Olympus C5050 has still got what it takes

In Olympus C5050 on June 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Well, after years of wondering if this legendary old camera is as good as everyone says it is, I finally got an opportunity to try one for myself.

Following are a few pix taken with an Olympus C5050 – young hybrids from an earlier post:  Salvini/Red Devil x Carpinte, and Nanoluteus x Honduran Red Point. Also a pic of a nice Red Texas Cichlid that is the result of another hybrid cross: Carpinte x Red Parrot.

As I think you’ll see, this 7 yr old digital can still compete with today’s best prosumer point & shoots when it comes to getting fish pix. The f1.8 lense is perfect for the low light situations that characterize most home aquariums. All pix taken with external flash and a Canon 240 close-up lense.

Salvini/Red Devil x Green Texas (Carpinte) at about 1/2" long. This pic as well as the next two were taken in an UNLIT fry tank.

This little guy is showing some potential.

A closer look thanks to the amazing super bright f1.8 lense paired with the Canon close-up. Oh, and the flash doesn't hurt either!

Nanoluteus x HRP at almost 1" long. This pic and the next two were taken in another grow out tank that is well-lit with double tube flourescents.

Normally, C. nanoluteus juveniles don't show very much colour at this size, but these hybrid juvies are going against the trend.

Hopefully these little gems keep getting brighter.

Red Texas Cichlid posing. This one taken without the Canon close-up lense and from a distance of about 6 feet through dirty glass into a very dimly lit tank.

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.