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Old 06-21-2010, 03:24 PM   #11
 
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Absolutely incredible. Is this your 90g or 115g? In your 2nd picture, what is that short plant the pleco is laying under? I like that for a foreground plant. I see you also have the German Blue Ram in this tank. I have 2 Bolivian Rams and love the German Blue Ram but after reading how you said you have a hard time keeping them alive for more than a couple years, I wasn't going to get them.

Can different breeds of pleco's live together if the tank is big enough? I have an Albino BN now, and was considering getting another pleco for my new 120g tank.
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Old 06-21-2010, 04:50 PM   #12
 
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Absolutely incredible. Is this your 90g or 115g? In your 2nd picture, what is that short plant the pleco is laying under? I like that for a foreground plant. I see you also have the German Blue Ram in this tank. I have 2 Bolivian Rams and love the German Blue Ram but after reading how you said you have a hard time keeping them alive for more than a couple years, I wasn't going to get them.

Can different breeds of pleco's live together if the tank is big enough? I have an Albino BN now, and was considering getting another pleco for my new 120g tank.
This is the 115g Amazonian riverscape. The plant is Echinodorus parviflorus 'Tropica', it is in our plant profiles (should be shaded).

Actually that is my Bolivian Ram in the photo, he's a male. They do very well in community tanks, better than the common "blue" ram which need warmer temps than some of these other fish can tolerate long-term. He's about 2 years old now, they live 4 years. I'd like to find a female, as he periodically shows a desire to spawn by cleaning a little pit in the gravel, but with no female present he's kinda out of luck. But the fish available here are all fairly small, and not discernible male/female, and I'm afraid that another male much smaller after 2 years would be driven to distress. This guy rules the tank, though with no problems, but now and then he throws his weight around, he is after all a cichlid.

Most plecos are territorial but not really "rough" so if there is room, with nice wood for each of them to call home, it should work. One thing, some like a bit of current, some don't, so those that do will take up residence close to the filter (as my new fellow has done) so the more you have the more wood and current you will need. My experience with plecos is quite limited, I've had the beautiful zebra and now this one, and both as single specimens. All bottom fish of the Loricariidae are territorial to various extents, but in sufficient space they tend to manage well. It is interesting, I have two Rineloricaria in this tank, they seldom even meet which I was rather surprised at, when I got the second (although a different species but very close) I had wondered if there would be any rows, but no.

The other day the pleco was lying in his den, that tunnel in the wood in the first photo (although he can get further under it, it is quite hollow really) and the smaller of the two whiptails came along as he does, grazing over all the wood in the tank, and expected he was going to enter this tunnel and graze like he's done so often. But no, the pleco made it quite clear that this was now his residence. There was a quick jump from the pleco, then the whiptail, then the pleco, and the whiptail just turned and went off. They never got face to face or anything, it was just "body language." But it was clearly understood.
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Old 06-21-2010, 08:12 PM   #13
 
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Amazing that that is a Bolivian. I really thought with its coloration that is was a German Blue. I hope mine color up as nicely as yours. Mine are still quite young. I believe I do have two males, but they are the same size and from the same tank. I've never seen any terrible fights, even when one crosses the others territory. I'm sure all of this cane change once they are bigger, but a 120g, 6 foot tank I'm sure they will have plenty of room to get away from each other.

If a plant should be shaded, how do you go about doing that in a tank? It's a bit hard to tell from your pictures. I do have water lettuce and what I believe is duckweed floating on the top of the tank. Should they be placed under larger plants? I really like them!
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Old 06-21-2010, 08:46 PM   #14
 
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All I can say is WOW! He is a beautiful fish and your tank is just simply breath takeing. I always love seeing your tanks pictures.
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Old 06-22-2010, 12:14 AM   #15
 
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Hey Byron I have corkscrew vals,, amazon swords, anubias nana, and a red and green plant i just got today, but forgot what it is, there are also some others. Here are some pics. Thanks Byron!!
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Old 06-22-2010, 04:39 AM   #16
 
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He's very shy, but today I finally managed to get a couple shots of this fellow. Hypancistrus furunculus, one of the more recently-discovered plecos that is suitable for a largish (4+ feet) community. You can read about him in the Profiles.

This is a wild-caught fish, as most of these are, and nearly full grown. Although I've only had him just short of three weeks, he has learned the feeding times and the "signal" (I gently tap the tank frame whenever I feed the fish so the catfish know to come out). The first pic of him in his "home;" he has taken over this spot in the horizontal log as it is close to the filter outflow and he appreciates a gentle current. The second pic caught him out front chomping down on a tablet. He readily goes after any of the tablet/pellet foods offered.

Third pic is of the aquarium as it looks currently.

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Very hansome fishes Byron.8) And tank as well!
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Old 06-22-2010, 11:06 AM   #17
 
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Hey Byron I have corkscrew vals,, amazon swords, anubias nana, and a red and green plant i just got today, but forgot what it is, there are also some others. Here are some pics. Thanks Byron!!
You have some healthy-looking plants there. Looks fine to me. You asked about trimming: most of the plants are substrate-rooted species, like the swords, vallisneria, etc. They need very little trimming; if a leaf yellows (as they will do now and then) just remove it from the base (where it arises from the crown). Otherwise, leave them alone. The Vallisneria will send out runners with daughter plants once it is established; these can be left, of if you don't want them where they appear, pull them up and cut the runner; replant the daughter plant or toss it, whichever.

Stem plants need trimming regularly; the plant with the reddish-purple underside leaves is Ludwigia, a stem plant. As this grows, it will reach the surface. When it does, pull it up, cut off the bottom part and stick the top part in the substrate. If you leave it alone, it will grow to the surface and then along it, at which point the lower leaves usually die off and it looks unsightly, so regular trimming to keep it shorter is best.

You also have another stem plant, looks like a stem with only a pair of leaves part way up--seems to be a Pennywort? Not sure what happened to this. It should grow like the ludwigia.

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Old 06-22-2010, 11:32 AM   #18
 
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Amazing that that is a Bolivian. I really thought with its coloration that is was a German Blue. I hope mine color up as nicely as yours. Mine are still quite young. I believe I do have two males, but they are the same size and from the same tank. I've never seen any terrible fights, even when one crosses the others territory. I'm sure all of this cane change once they are bigger, but a 120g, 6 foot tank I'm sure they will have plenty of room to get away from each other.

If a plant should be shaded, how do you go about doing that in a tank? It's a bit hard to tell from your pictures. I do have water lettuce and what I believe is duckweed floating on the top of the tank. Should they be placed under larger plants? I really like them!
My camera is junk, and those photos are not good really; there is a better pic of the Ram under my "Aquariums". He really is beautiful, when he is cruising through the plants about 4-5 inches off the bottom (they stay close to the substrate) the way the light can catch him just makes him sparkle. When I got him he was rather plain, but I knew he would develop and he hasn't disappointed me. They are not a really rough cichlid, just determined. Two males in a 3-foot tank will manage, or 3+ in a 4 foot or larger. Lots of plants and wood to divide up the substrate.

All my plants are "shaded" because of all the plants and the floating plants/leaves/daughter plants. If you're thinking of the Echinodorus parviflorus "Tropica" it shouldn't be really shaded. Mine get light as much as any of the swords, it just seems shaded because I have low light (according to some), or more accurately adequate light. As we've been discussing in PM's,. you're headed the same way with the 120g.

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Old 06-22-2010, 02:23 PM   #19
 
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Great, I'll be sure to get some of the Echinodorus parviflorus "Tropica" for my 120g. Is it more of a midground plant? It stays small like that or is yours fairly new? I like the look of it. I love my two bolivian's. They are rather dull too and I've had them for about a month now but they are still juvenile's. With my new 120g 6-foot tank, think I can add one or two more? I love their personalties!

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Old 06-22-2010, 03:58 PM   #20
 
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Great, I'll be sure to get some of the Echinodorus parviflorus "Tropica" for my 120g. Is it more of a midground plant? It stays small like that or is yours fairly new? I like the look of it. I love my two bolivian's. They are rather dull too and I've had them for about a month now but they are still juvenile's. With my new 120g 6-foot tank, think I can add one or two more? I love their personalties!
The E. parviflorus plants in those photos are almost a year old. I've had this plant previously, and it never gets larger, it is a good foreground plant in larger tanks or a good mid-ground in smaller (like 20g even 10g) tanks. It really is a lovely plant because it is much darker green than any of the other swords. It is fairly slow growing, and to date I have only had inflorescences (flower spikes with daughter plants) on two of the plants, the one to the left in that photo, and one plant in the 90g currently has a short inflorescence with two daughter plants. It works well as I have used it at the ends of "logs" and bogwood to give a natural feel. Having them in clusters also looks natural, since aquatic plants in nature are almost always in groups. A nice constrast with E. tenellus (pygmy chain sword) a much lighter green, growing around it.

A 6-foot tank will easily accomodate 4-5; if you could get males and females that would be good as they are easy to spawn and their parental care is wonderful to watch. I haven't spawned this species, but have the common blue ram.
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