Thursday, 23 April 2015

Killies in the mailbox!

I used to have a rack with 40 tanks just for killies. Mainly Rivulus and Aphyosemion. At some point I had to scale down and most of the killies went out the door.

Recently I have regained some interest and not so long ago I showed my Aphyosemion aff. pascheni which is a really pretty species.

I have also managed to get a group of young Fundulopanchax scheeli and trade myself to a pair of one of my favourites; Aphyosemion striatum from friends who live close to me. The striatum-strain is the Moyoko GJS 00/32 which was collected by, among others, Danish breeder Mogens Juhl.

Aphyosemion striatum - Moyoko GJS 00/32.

On Aquabid I have also been tempted a few times already, getting eggs of Aphyosemion mengilai GEM 2005/6 from user "Nachowin". The best packed eggs I have recieved in along time! Packed between two sheets of white filterwool-like material instead of peat or coconut fibre. Makes it easy to find the eggs!

Aphyosemion mengilai-eggs hatching.

Also eggs of some Austrolebias for the garden has been recieved from Germany. Nicely labelled with all data by Dieter Oberle (username: Killifischblackforest).

Good information is important when buying eggs.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Variations in Campoma No. 31 - Blue Snake!

In 2011 Phillip Voisin and the rest of the French Crew caught some amazing Poecilia wingei under the bridge in Campoma village in Venezuela. One phenotype being No. 31, also known in the hobby as Blue Snake.

I have a colony of this one phenotype that has shown a few nice traits in the last generations. Probably not something I want to work on stabilizing, I just enjoy what variation a single phenotype can show.

Nice tail with those edges!

...and side-spot on one side... spot on the other!

 Multi-coloured dorsal.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Cory eggs and fry by the hundreds!

I may only have two tanks set up for breeding Corys, but when the groups take turns between being fed very well in the small shrimp/livebearer/Cory-comunnities I have, it is actually quite effective!

Recently I had my C. gryphys-group consisting of a handful of males and one female set up. I gave them a sunken mop and I must say the result amazed me! I have never ever gotten this amount of eggs from them. I blame the sunken mop for my luck. Apparently this was a very good idea!

The egg count was in the 100+ area from just one female.

Corydoras gryphus eggs and hatchlings.

One of the possible fathers!

Deciding to try my luck with the sunken mop with C. erhardti, I put them in the tank instead of my C. gryphus. A waterchange, wait for a day and a half and they were going crazy in the mop!
I have never ever harvested so many eggs from erhardti before.

The sunken mop...behind dirty glass.

Corydoras erhardti.

The group of CW68s I borrowed back from a friend really delivered the goods! They began with 2 small spawnings of around 20 eggs and then delivered this:

Eggs on javafern...

Eggs, eggs, layers!

Egg-tower on snail!

Hopefully this will bring more of these little zygatus look-a-likes to the hobby!

Monday, 13 April 2015

New Black Peacocks!

A really nice strain from Armando Pou's catches in Laguna de los Patos is this; New Black Peacock wich was selcted and line bred by my friend Shimpei Taniguchi from his 2006-colonial tank. The deep green and black pattern is difficult to catch on pictures, but I think I did OK here.

Some specimens have a few red spots, but it all just adds to the beaty in my opinion.

Green and black!

...and a bit of red...

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Galaxy Tiger contaminant breeding well!

In december I recieved a box containing 15 Caridina sp. Galaxy Tigers, or so I thought. Some were different, not showing the tiger-pattern. These seem to breed quite easily in my tap-water. They grow quite big! Up to around 4 cm. in bodylength.

If they are from the same location as the Galaxy Tigers, it would be somewhere in South China. Not easy to determine what species this really is!

So far I've kept them in the same tank as the Galaxys so maybe they have hybrididzed and maybe not. I am sending an adult specimen and some young next week for examination. It would be really nice to have a better idea of what these are.

Big mamma with juveniles.


Interesting to see how this develops...nice blue!

The Galaxy-box contained these apart from the "real" ones:

Judging from the blue colour in some of the juveniles it could be that at least the first pictured one was involved. Time will tell!