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May 23, 2014

Good day, folks. It’s been a cool week but it’s warming up here, just in time for Memorial Day Weekend. Please keep in mind, Monday is a shipping holiday – we’ll resume shipping on Tuesday. We’ll also resume Priority shipping via USPS, for those of you who have been waiting.

Corydoras sp. “CW 009” “Laser Green” and C. sp. “CW 010” “Laser Orange” are some of the most striking Corys on the market today. Both varieties are a beautiful deep bronze color with warm burnt orange fins. Each displays a shining stripe along each side of the top edge of their body from the back of the head to just before the caudal peduncle. In the Laser Orange Cory, this stripe is neon orange and complimented by a belly as carrot colored as its fins; the Laser Green Cory has aqua green stripes and a slightly paler, yellower belly. While there is little hard evidence on these species available, it is likely that they will grow to about two inches. Like all Corydoras species, house these extra-special fish over a sandy substrate and provide overhanging décor for them to shade under.

Corydoras sp Lazer Green1

Corydoras sp Lazer Orange2

Marosatherina ladigesi “Celebes Rainbow”, one of my favorite Rainbowfish, is back in stock this week! Hailing from the island of Sulawesi, it is the only species in its genus and sports the most amazing coloration. Celebes Rainbows have silver-blue bodies with a brilliant blue stripe from midway down their body to their caudal fin. Said caudal fin is dark blue with yellow stripes running along the top and bottom of the fin and tipped gracefully with white. The anal and dorsal fins are striped in yellow and deep blue and, on the males, develop amazing extensions. M. ladigesi’s ventral fins are blue-white and their pectorals and head area are a brilliant yellow. Females are similarly patterned, though with slightly muted coloration. This beautiful Rainbowfish doesn’t grow beyond 3.2” in length and prefers hard, slightly alkaline water. Ideal tankmates include similarly-sized Rainbowfish, livebearers, and freshwater goby species.

Marosatherina ladigesi1

I’m so excited that we once again have wild-caught Astronotus ocellatus “Wild Oscar”. These wild-caught Oscars are absolutely gorgeous and their color patterns have become somewhat rare in the hobby with the popularity of color morphs such as red and tiger Oscars. The wild coloration of the Oscar is a beautiful marbling of dark brown to black markings over a base color of tan or olive, with amazing highlights of yellows, oranges and reds that are unique to each individual. The caudal fin’s base features the namesake black spot rimmed in brilliant orange or red. With an aggressive nature and a full grown size of about 12 inches, plus or minus a couple inches, the Oscar is best suited to being a lone specimen in a large aquarium of 55 gallons or more. While many of us aquarists prefer aquaria full of life and interest, it’s good to note that the Oscar is an intelligent and friendly fish – they are known for learning to recognize their owners and become particularly attached to them throughout their lifespan of over ten years. Oscars are definitely predators and enjoy hunting live foods such as shrimp, blackworms, earth worms, and feeder fish. These amazing fish should be fed a varied diet that includes both these live foods, frozen foods, and prepared cichlid pellets to ensure proper vitamin intake.

Astronotus ocellatus WILD1

I’ve saved the cutest for last this week. Formerly of the genus Tatia, the pudgy and round-faced Centromochlus perugiae “Oil Cat” is possibly one of the most adorable catfish I have ever laid eyes upon. Their plump, white bodies are honeycombed on flanks and dorsal side with interlocking brown spots. The body shape of the Oil Cat is atypical for its riverine habits – they are fond, in general, of fairly turbulent shallow water with few plants and a sandy substrate. Oil Cats are nocturnal and tend to spend much of the day wedged into small cracks and crevices of wood or rockwork – be sure to provide hiding places for their comfort. A water temperature of around 80 degrees Fahrenheit and neutral pH values will be suitable for these cuties.

Centromochlus perugiae

Thank you all for reading and please, have a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend!

Jessica Supalla