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post #1 of 9 Old 02-09-2011, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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(new) unique tetra species

I can't remember if I posted something about this at the time (last August) but even if I did, such a beautiful and unique tetra deserves another look. I came across this today when researching the fish which is currently available in one of my local shops, or is said to be; I'm awaiting confirmation.

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post #2 of 9 Old 02-09-2011, 07:57 PM
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Wow, I am definitely looking into these guys. Great post
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post #3 of 9 Old 02-09-2011, 09:21 PM
I want some. Can they be found online for sale?

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Byron- you did not. I would have remembered this little beauty. Is it on your "get" list? It would be mine. Lovely little fish.
I can't access the paper listed on the link. What's the temp range and PH for this fish??

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post #5 of 9 Old 02-10-2011, 04:41 AM
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They are beautiful! Thanks for sharing Byron.

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post #6 of 9 Old 02-10-2011, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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Byron- you did not. I would have remembered this little beauty. Is it on your "get" list? It would be mine. Lovely little fish.
I can't access the paper listed on the link. What's the temp range and PH for this fish??
Try this link, although the original posted works for me today.
Crystal rainbow tetra named Trochilocharax ornatus | News | Practical Fishkeeping

Originally discovered and imported (by Aquarium Glaser in Germany) in 2003, this characin was originally thought to belong to the genus Heterocharax or Tyttocharax. When the German ichthyologist Dr. Axel Zarsky described it, he recognized the unique physiology and erected the new genus Trochilocharax [derived from the genus name for Hummingbirds and the Greek for stake, a reference to the dentition] and this is the type species and, as far as I am aware, the only one in the genus. Zarske also erected a new tribe for the genus, Trochilocharacini, so this fish is truely unique.

This new tribe is within the subfamily Stevardiinae whose species are distinguished by the fact that they use internal insemination. The fish is small, 1.7 cm--that's less than an inch--was given for the holotype.

The source is Peru, but there is uncertainty over the exact area according to Dr. Zarske who says that some sources cite the blackwater Rio Ampiyacu system, and others think the Rio Nanay basin is the true distribution. Whichever, the water is very soft and moderately acidic. And as all fish will (so far) be wild caught, this is crucial for maintenance. I know the fish at my local store were imported from Peru. [Still waiting to hear from the owner if any are left.]

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #7 of 9 Old 02-10-2011, 03:06 PM
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how pretty they are! wow..

hope you can get some Byron!

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Wow they are awesome! Thank you Byron for the info and link. Good luck in your search for them.

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I can't remember if I posted something about this at the time (last August) but even if I did, such a beautiful and unique tetra deserves another look. I came across this today when researching the fish which is currently available in one of my local shops, or is said to be; I'm awaiting confirmation.

Crystal rainbow tetra named Trochilocharax ornatus | News | Practical Fishkeeping
I am envious of the shops you frequent. Is a very pretty fish, are you gonna profile it ?Please?

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