Originally Posted by aunt kymmie
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
. 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.]