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Old 08-14-2009, 02:35 PM   #21
 
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Sounds good. I will take a look around,see what I can find. I called two more aquarium stores around here,the one normally carries this fish,but dont have any right now. They said check back in a week to see if any came in. Another one,over in NJ put my name down and will try to order them. He said that arent a really popular or asked for fish,so they dont carry them. He was very nice though,and said he will keep my name on file for them. So one of three places may get my fish lol. At least I have time to set up a q-tine tank,and buy more plants for the 12 gallon.
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Old 09-09-2009, 12:17 AM   #22
 
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Found my fish!! Of course its here in Ohio LOL. The guy said if i pick em up the last day,he can bag them in a bigger bag with more water,double bag it,and a box with styrofoam to sit them in till I get home. What do you think of that?? It would be about 7 hour drive,with some stops....not sure how the weather will be on the way home (hot or not). So someone would have to stay in the car so they wouldnt cook....*sigh* I dunno.
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:43 AM   #23
 
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Found my fish!! Of course its here in Ohio LOL. The guy said if i pick em up the last day,he can bag them in a bigger bag with more water,double bag it,and a box with styrofoam to sit them in till I get home. What do you think of that?? It would be about 7 hour drive,with some stops....not sure how the weather will be on the way home (hot or not). So someone would have to stay in the car so they wouldnt cook....*sigh* I dunno.
The styrofoam is insulation; they ship fish from SA and Asia in styrofoam boxes. Another thing is to get yourself a cooler like you take on picnics. I carry one with me on fish store visits, and then put the plastic bags of fish in the cooler and shut the lid; the temp remains constant for several hours. The stores always recognize the real fishkeeper by a cooler.

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Old 09-09-2009, 08:47 PM   #24
 
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oh okay thanks.
I dont think they were golden pencils,bc I looked at the pictures online. These ones were doing that oblong kinda swimming. i forget the real name,but one of the striped pencils.
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Old 09-10-2009, 11:00 AM   #25
 
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oh okay thanks.
I dont think they were golden pencils,bc I looked at the pictures online. These ones were doing that oblong kinda swimming. i forget the real name,but one of the striped pencils.
If you mean swimming at an oblique angle, it is either Nannobrycon eques or N. unifasciatus. They are very similar in appearance, and the only two species in this genus. The former is more common in the hobby as it is now being commercially raised; the latter is very rare, and to my knowledge is always wild caught.

Whichever, they are nice fish, very sedate and quiet; they do well with quiet small fish, nothing active or they can become too frightened to eat. Both species occur in slow shallow streams with heavy streambank vegetation and roots and branches extending into the water, amongst which they swim. N. eques has a fairly extensive range through the Amazon basin, in the middle Amazon, various tributaries of the Rio Negro into Venezuela and Columbia, and the Guyanas.

They must be in groups (minimum 5 but more if space allows) or they will be continually stressed out and waste away. Floating plants are mandatory [Ceratopteris is perfect] as they provide shelter; these fish come from very overgrown shaded waters and are adverse to bright lighting. The fish spend their day cruising through dangling roots looking for bits of food. They will also continually graze plant leaves and wood, looking for any miniscule food particles. Once established in the aquarium they will readily accept prepared foods (flake, freeze-dried bloodworms and insects a particular favourite, and frozen bloodworms and daphnia). Sometimes it takes them a while to settle in before they will be comfortable enough to eat, so don't panic. If they seem reluctant to eat, try feeding them late in the evening just before or immediately after the tank light goes out (there must be light in the room of course) as in nature they feed mainly at dusk.

They have very small terminal mouths [terminal= directly at the end] which are always open. The genus name is Greek for "small biter". The species name "eques" is the latin for horse, and "unifasciatus" is latin for one striped. These fish have gone through a few name changes, originally in a genus named Poecilobrycon under which name they are still encountered in stores. In 1975 Weitzman & Cobb placed them in the genus Nannostomus, but in 1977 Gery determined that the two species should be in Nannobrycon due to several internal differences; the obvious fact that they swim at an oblique angle (and none of the other pencilfish do this) makes it easy for aquarists to tell them apart.

Photos of both species attached, N. eques upper photo, N. unifasciatus lower.
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Old 09-10-2009, 10:15 PM   #26
 
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Well I got a styrofoam cooler for the fish. I had trashbags,so I lined it with that and laid one on top to keep it dark for them. I happened to have full paper towel rolls in my car,so that actually works perfectly to keep the bags still. I am pretty sure they are N. Eques. They seem fine so far, as do the cories and shrimp.
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