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Chesh 07-11-2012 09:33 PM

looking for info on Jellybean tetra ( Lepidarchus adonis)
Hey all! I've spent months trying to figure out what small schooling fish to be the final addition to my 29g soft water community tank. I've looked into every compatible small fish there is, and I kind of fell in love with the subtle beauty of the Jellybean tetra - but kind of crossed it off the list of candidates because it seems to be very difficult to find in the aquarium trade. . .then, I found them!

I'm really super excited, and fairly determined to bring them home, but I'm having a tough time finding much info on this species, and wondering if anyone here actually owns any and can give me advice? I've read all that I can find on Google, and it seems like they'd be a good fit to my tank, which will only have Bolivian Rams and Kuhli loaches aside from the Jellybeans. . .

I'm also a bit concerned, as these seem to be wild-caught, and I've never had a wild caught fish before. Are there any rules that I should follow (obviously they will be QT'd for a period before being introduced to my main tank), or any advice that anyone can give regarding wild-caught fish?

Thanks in advance for any info you can share! :-D

Olympia 07-11-2012 09:45 PM

Good luck with them! :-D
I think they're cute too, but all the cute fish seem so rare!
The only thing about wild caught fish is that they are more sensitive to parameters- they need to be kept in their natural range. Which you have covered already. :)

Chesh 07-11-2012 10:11 PM

Yes. . . hopefully I'll do well by them, I'm kind of nervous!!! Never had a wild-caught fish. . .but you know how I am. . . if they don't do well in the main community tank, they'll get their own species tank. I'll keep them safe any way I can - IF I can! But I can't find any info that isn't internet hear-say. And my copy of Dr. Axlerod's freshwater fishy bible doesn't give many details. . . I'd LOVE to hear from someone who's kept them!

SO excited! :)

P.S. what do you mean 'all the cute fish?' It seems to ME that you have SEVERAL of the world's cutest fish in your tank already - and they're not SO rare! ;)

Olympia 07-11-2012 10:22 PM

True! Don't know if you saw my thread but Mr Tiny's tail got eaten by a goby and I'm currently debating their fates. :(
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Chesh 07-11-2012 10:44 PM

Oh NO! Mr. TINYFISH!!! I'll go check it. :/

Chesh 07-11-2012 11:05 PM

Hmmm... I think I may have gotten the name mixed up. Jellybean tetra are Ladigesia Roloffi, according to the good Dr. Axelrod... WHOOPS!

Chesh 07-12-2012 12:15 PM

Has NOBODY kept these little beauties?!! I hope they do okay under my care!

Olympia 07-12-2012 04:22 PM

Chesh, take the leap into uncharted territory. :)
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Chesh 07-12-2012 07:16 PM

HAHAHA!!! It looks like I'm going to have to! Wish me LUCK! Tomorrow . . . tomorrow, there will be JELLYBEANS! (It'll be kind of like Easter!)

Quantum 07-12-2012 07:23 PM

be sure to find out what temps these do best in, if I remember correctly, small African characins need relatively cooler temps, not exactly sure on these, but something to consider

edit: has 79 F as the upper end of the range

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