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September 5, 2014

Good day, folks. I hope you’re having a lovely Friday; it’s been quite a week here with fish coming and going. Of note, we just received some really nice Boraras brigittae – the true Chili Rasboras – and they are gorgeous! Let us know soon if you want them. Our supplier says no one else has tried to source them in the US yet, so we don’t expect them to stay in stock very long.

Now, we’ve had a lovely batch of Taeniacara candidi for a couple weeks now and they’ve had time to settle in – they are positively gorgeous and ready to go home. This dwarf cichlid features a spade-shaped caudal fin with brilliant patterns of blue, red and black. The dorsal fin is ticked with alternating stripes of red and blue and their anal fin is mottled in blue, red, yellow and black. The finnage is definitely the star of T. candidi’s looks, though its body is still a beautiful honey color with a bold black stripe running from behind the eye to the caudal edge, punctuated by a large spot at the caudal peduncle. The females are slightly smaller with somewhat shorter fins than the males, however, their fins are just as richly colored. These fish prefer densely planted aquaria and plenty of cover will definitely show them at their best.

Taeniacara candidi pair

We’d never seen Leptagoniates pi “Triangle Glass Tetra” before, so when it was offered on our supplier’s list we jumped at the chance to bring it in. Of course, there’s very little information on the fish in general, so I’ll have to be content telling you what I’ve observed in the couple of weeks they’ve been here. These fish are currently around three quarters of an inch and should grow to just over one inch by the time they are adults. They arrived mislabeled from Peru and according to Fishbase the species has only been identified from Bolivia. However, their distinctive π-shaped swim bladder, visible through their wholly transparent flanks, gave away their species. The Triangle Glass Tetra is a ready feeder and seems quite unfussy. As with other tetras, keep them in a school of six or more fish for their comfort.

Leptagoniates pi

Hyphessobrycon haraldschultzi “Red Crystal Tetra” is also unusual to see in the hobby, though not quite as unusual as the Triangle Glass Tetra. Their typical habitats are the byways and backwaters of the major rivers, including oxbow lakes that have been cut off from the main rivers outside of floods and smaller tributaries. The water is likely to be slightly acidic and contain leaf litter and branch wood. These are definitely small tetras, barely reaching an inch if at all, with beautiful translucent red coloration and fins marked with black and white. A single black spot marks their flank near their pectoral fin, as with many other Hyphessobrycon species. A group of these alongside the L. pi would be a stunning display alongside your T. candidi.

Hyphessobrycon haraldschultzi

Thank you all for reading once more!

Jessica Supalla