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November 7, 2014

Hurray for Friday! Everyone needs time on the weekend to do proper water changes, don’t they? Especially now that our weather is turning cold and the days are so short. Now that I don’t want to be outside in the sun, my home aquaria are getting a lot more attention. I hope yours are too!

Arowanas are pretty amazing. They are so big and yet graceful, sinuously swimming just under the water’s surface. They are intelligent as well, constantly aware of what is going on around them and quickly recognizing their owners. We have two different types of arowana at The Wet Spot currently, both wild imports from Colombia, the more common but flashy Silver Arowana, Osteoglossum bicirrhosum, and the lovely Black Arowana, Osteoglossum ferreirai. Fans of Arowanas know that you need a large tank as they grow up to 4’ long, but it is a rewarding experience keeping such a grand pet if you are prepared to do it correctly.   The Black Arowana looks much like the Silver Arowana, though its fins are blue, that transitions to a dark black further from the body, and these fins are edged in a beautiful yellow border. They are stunning.

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Plecos really are one of the best parts of the hobby. They always are a joy. A species of pleco I haven’t seen often enough recently came in. It is the Leopard Frog Pleco L134, Peckoltia compta. Usually imported from the Rio Tapajós in Brazil, this pleco is one of the smaller species, only growing to 6” or so. It is so cute, being starkly black and white. Younger specimens have a background color that is more yellow than white, and some of ours are young enough to still show tinges of yellow. Mature males have odontodes on their pectoral fins and along the rear half of their body, making it easy to pick the girls from the boys. As this is a species that can be bred in the aquarium, this can be important as it lets you make sure you have both genders, the first step to successful breeding of any species. Not all plecos are dedicated algae eaters, and this one is one of those. While it does love vegetable treats, it really needs a bit of meat in its diet and should be giving feedings of black worms, or frozen bloodworms along with its vegetables.  

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Peckoltia comptaL134

Thank you for reading! Enjoy your winter evenings, and give your aquariums some love!

Jessica Supalla