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April 25, 2014

Hello friends! I’m excited to tell you about some of our freshly-arrived Corydoras species today, as well as a new species of labyrinth fish – one of my favorites!

Corydoras sp. CW51

Corydoras sp. CW51

We’ve only had the honor of housing Corydoras sp. "New Panda", also known as CW 51, once before – nearly two years ago in September of 2012. This fish is still fairly new to the hobby with most references only reaching back to 2010. These cute little fish reach approximately 2" (males) to 2.25" (females) and enjoy water in the standard 77°F range. Their exact origin is unknown at this time, however, they are exported from a location near the borders of Brazil, Colombia and Peru. These pale, somewhat peachy-beige Corys are quite similar to Corydoras panda but, in contrast, feature only the typical black mask and a very large rounded black blotch beneath their dorsal fin, whilst the final black marking at the caudal edge of the Panda Cory is absent. I truly adore these Corys – they are striking and unique and second only to Corydoras adolfoi and C. duplicareus, in my personal Cory ranking. I really wanted to obtain a group last time we had these fish available and wasn’t able to, so if you purchase a couple, please send me pictures of them happily perusing the sandy substrate in their new home!

Corydoras ambiacus

Corydoras ambiacus

I’m not sure we’ve ever had Corydoras ambiacus before (we definitely haven’t in the time I’ve been here) and it’s always a treat to see a species in person for the first time. C. ambiacus features a beautiful straw color to its body and innumerable black spots along the entirety of its flanks and forehead. The dorsal fin is marked by a large black spot on the leading edge, which blends gently into the top of the fish’s body, and a brilliant pattern of stripes and spots on its caudal fin. Their cheeks reflect a lovely faint blue color and, in just the right light, the same blue graces their lateral line. They are only a slightly larger species of Cory than most, with a maximum length of just over two and a half inches, and feature a somewhat longer snout than the majority of Corydoras in the hobby. Their preferred water temperature ranges, between 78 degrees for the upper range of comfort but the lower range is all the way down to 70 degrees – perfect for your subtropical danio aquarium!

Betta siamorientalis

This new Betta species, formally described in 2012, has been making quite the splash in the wild Betta hobby circles – Betta siamorientalis “Kabinburi Betta” or “Black Imbellis”. This beautiful fish is a member of the Splendens complex – grouped together with B. imbellis, the wild form of B. splendens, and the popular but difficult to obtain B. mahachaiensis. These Bettas are quite similar to B. imbellis, however, their bodies are much darker. A dark brown to black body shows small iridescent green scale markings with brilliant green and red fins. Their gill plates are marked with two vertical red opercula bars. As a bubble nester, the Kabinburi male will construct a nest in a tube or cylinder or along the underside of a leaf. After spawning the male places his eggs in the nest and will guard it diligently, picking up any fallen fry and returning them to the nest, until the young have used up their yolk sacs and must venture forth for food. Keep the Kabinburi Betta in the upper 70s Fahrenheit, in fairly stagnant water, preferably slightly towards the acidic pH ranges is best.

Thank you all for reading once again. Be sure to check out our Facebook and Pinterest pages for your fish fix over the coming week!

Jessica Supalla