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August 23, 2013

One fish we certainly love at The Wet Spot is our plecos, from the practical algae eater like the common “Bushynose Pleco”, to the almost camouflaged “Twig Cat”. We can’t help but to want these fish in all of our display tanks but also our own tanks. I, for instance, have 3 different types living in my 75 gallon aquarium, and I’m sure many of you are like me and collect about as many as you can. If you haven’t gotten the itch for the family Loricariid because you’re under the impression that all of these fish grow to the size of your couch, well then I think it’s time I introduced you to some that may just change your mind, regarding these amazing animals!

One of my favorite recommendations for people looking for a good algae eater (that isn’t a Bushy Nose Pleco) is Cheatostoma milesi “Spotted Rubberlip Pleco” L187a. The fish were originally collected in rocky habitats in Colombia. The wide mouth makes it easy for the fish to clean up the unwanted algae in the aquarium. Chaetostoma types live in fast flowing streams where the water is cold, clear, and extremely clean. These conditions do not always make the fish easily adaptable to most aquariums, but given time they can live in a home aquarium for a number of years. The trick to these fish is having some sort of stronger current in your tank. This can be accomplished by either a good canister filter or a power head and additionally, offering them larger smooth stones, will keep these reophilic algae eaters happy in your tank.

Chaetostoma milesi L187a

If you’re looking for something a more unusual, then I would suggest a group of Hypancistrus sp. “Queen Arabesque” L260 or Hypancistrus sp. “Spotted Queen Arabesque” L262. Both of these species will only reach about 3.5” in length, and present a very striking appearance. Staring at the thin lines or dots (depending on which species) almost sends you into a trance. Both of these fish will love a diet of bloodworms, Mysis shrimp, pellets, and can even adapt to eating flake foods. If you are planning on breeding either of these or other types of Hypancistrus, be aware that they will interbreed with one another. Therefore a species only tank is highly recommended if you wish to raise their brood. These are arguably some of the best looking plecos that come out of the country of Brazil and can be found in different parts of the Rio Tapajós.

Hypancistrus sp L260 Queen Arabesque

Hypancistrus sp Small Spot

The Rio Tapajós is home to another fascinating “dwarf” type pleco, Peckoltia compta “Leopard Frog Pleco” L134. The bold black and yellow lines of this Loricariid are sure to captivate any viewer. These will reach a length of around 4.5”, and prefer a diet just like the above mentioned Hypancistrus family. Males of this species will require a pleco cave to inhabit, and if several males are to be kept in the same tank, then it is recommended that each cave be about a foot apart.

L134

Making our way further downstream the Tapajós you can find a slightly bigger pleco, Leporacanthicus joselimai “Sultan Pleco” L264, which will get about 6”. They are quite lovely to look at and when sexually mature; the males of the Sultan Pleco are a greyish brown coloration, while the female keeps that magnificent grey tone. One of the members of the “Vampire Plecos,” these mid-sized Loricariids use their “vampiric-like” teeth, to dig out food from pieces of driftwood and rocks. This environment should be replicated in an aquarium and their diet should contain shrimp, crustaceans, and other “meaty” type foods.

L264

That wraps up another week here at The Wet Spot. This week we’ll be featuring all of these fish, plus many more new South American arrivals. For those of you interested in West African fish, you should be sure to check out those sections. If you haven’t liked us on Facebook yet be sure to hit that “like” button on our homepage http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Wet-Spot-Tropical-Fish/266545364839. We also have over 400 pictures uploaded now on Pinterest, so to see a large variety of our fish, we would suggest following us on there too http://pinterest.com/thewetspotstore.  If there is something on here that you wish to know more about, or looking for an item please feel free to contact me.

I’ll see you all next week!

Anthony Perry
Sales Manager

August 16, 2013

Today, we know Pterophyllum scalare, more commonly referred to as the freshwater Angelfish, as having an assortment of colors and patterns. These “domesticated” forms have been accomplished through well over 60 years of selective breeding. These fish have most likely originated from different populations of wild caught specimens, from all over the northern parts of South America. Many people believe that all of the domestically raised fish originated from P. scalare. This may not be the case. As scientists and fish collectors, study the wild populations coming out of South America, it is being discovered that some of these populations may belong to groups that could, potentially become their own species.

Pterophyllum scalare WILD Peru

The first Angelfish was described by Schultze in 1824, and was given the name Pterophyllum. The word comes from the Greek words pteron, meaning fin/sail, and phyllon, or leaf. There are currently three known members within the family Pterophyllum; this includes Pterophyllum scalare,P. leopoldii, and P. altum; and a fourth member known as P. dumerilii that is very similar to P. leopoldi, but has an extra bar near the face of the fish. All of these magnificent animals exhibit a wonderful silver color, etched with black vertical bars, which the Angelfish uses in nature as camouflage. These stripes help to replicate the surrounding branches and roots that they live among. The environment in nature can be quite acidic (some populations live in a pH of 3.5!) and usually very warm (80-86°). Here at The Wet Spot, we believe that there isn’t anything quite like the original, so we brought in some wild caught specimens from Peru. While we have acclimated these wild fish to a more alkaline pH, they would most likely be happier in soft water with warmer temperatures. These individuals are quite impressive not only with their large size, but with their sheer beauty.

If you’re planning on setting up a tank for the exquisite Peru Angels than we have a perfect bottom feeder that would be an excellent choice to house with them, Corydoras narcissus “Long Nosed Skunk Cory”. The Long Nosed Skunk Cory can grow up to 3”, making it one of the larger growing species of Corydoradinae. The fish is known to be collected from Brazil in the Rió Purus, but its natural range is wider than originally thought. It is also known from parts of Peru – where ours were imported from. The localities each have different head and body shapes, and the overall size differs as well. This could suggest that at each locale the fish is a different fish but only DNA testing would be able to confirm this.

Corydoras narcissus

In the same region, you can find Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma “Bleeding Heart Tetra” swimming above our moderately sized Long Nosed Skunk Cory and even alongside our enormous Angelfish, which is why I would recommend keeping them together. Though Angelfish are often recommended for community tanks, they are still a cichlid, and can be rather aggressive towards smaller fish. The “tall” body profile of the Bleeding Heart keeps it from becoming a meal for the larger Angel, and they can “hold their own” in an aquarium - making them a more suitable choice than small fish like Neon Tetras (Paracheirodon innesi). Additionally, Bleeding Hearts are incredibly adaptable to pH, water temperatures, and can thrive in just about any environment. In nature, their diet consists of fruit, insect larvae, and some non-aquatic plants. In the aquarium the fish will eat just about anything from frozen bloodworms to flake foods.

Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma1

As I mentioned, Angels are not suitable community tank members. They often grow very large, and will need plenty of swimming room because of this. You can certainly breed a pair in a 30 gallon aquarium, but for the long term, I would recommend a tank of at least 75 gallons. This size of a tank will house their tall body, while providing plenty of room for the fish to move around in. The tank should be set up much like their original biotope, with long pieces of driftwood standing straight up. Plants like Vallsinera would be suitable with the Angels, and the Bleeding Hearts are sure to love maneuvering through the grass-like maze.

That’s all for this week! If you haven’t liked us on Facebook yet be sure to hit that “like” button on our homepage http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Wet-Spot-Tropical-Fish/266545364839. We also have a quickly growing selection of pictures on Pinterest, so to see a large variety of our fish, we would suggest following us on there too  http://pinterest.com/thewetspotstore. Like always, be sure to contact me via email or phone if you’d like to place an order, have any questions, or just want to say hi!

I’ll be back next week with some more fish for you to learn about!

Anthony Perry
Sales Manager

July 05, 2013

Welcome back, my friend! I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating our countries independence! Last week, we talked about the genus Dawkinsia and its family more commonly called the ‘Filament Barb complex’. These mid-sized barbs are excellent for your 75 in the living room, but what about the tank on your kitchen counter (wait am I the only one who has a tank on every physical surface possible?) Nano tanks have no doubt become the rage in our hobby today. Though the space of a nano tank is limited, there are plenty of animals that can thrive in these conditions. I want to go over one particular family that makes great additions to these microenvironments.

Red Fin Dwarf Rasbora

Boraras brigittae

Temp: 74-83°

PH: 5-7
Hardness: 0-179 ppm

Exclamation Point Rasbora

Boraras urophthalmoides
Temp: 74-83°
PH: 6-7
Hardness: 18-179 ppm

The genus Boraras was erected in 1993 to separate smaller Cyprinids from the larger Rasboras. These micro-fish do not exceed a maximum length of less than an inch at adult size. Given the petite size of these miniature Rasboras they must be fed a diminutive diet. They are micropredators in nature, and can be observed feeding upon zooplankton or insect larvae. In the aquarium they will be less picky, and can be offered foods like frozen daphnia or finally crushed flake foods. Bloodworms may be offered, but it is best to finally chop them up so that the small fish cannot choke on the larger food.

Pygmy Spotted Rasbora

Boraras maculatus
Temp: 74-83°
PH: 4.5-6.5
Hardness: 0-90 ppm

"Phoenix Rasbora"

Boraras merah
Temp: 74-83°
PH: 4.5-6.5
Hardness: 0-90 ppm

The genus can be broken down into two groups - the Malay Archipelago group from the islands of Malaysia. These fish appear to have a slimmer and more elongate body profile compared to their landlocked cousins. The Indonesian islands contain the members Boraras brigittae “Red Fin Dwarf Rasbora”, B. maculatus “Spotted Pygmy Rasbora”, and B. merah “Phoenix Rasbora”. The more robust and stockier fish occur within Indochina, which is usually referring to Thailand and the surrounding areas. These would include B. uropthalmoides “Exclamation Point Rasbora”, and B. naevus “Strawberry Rasbora”.

Strawberry RasboraBoraras naevus

There are slight differences between each fish. For instance, both B. brigittae of Borneo and B. uropthalmoides from Thailand are almost identical when first glanced upon, but you will notice two blood red spots in the caudal fin of B. brigittae. This is a sure fire way to eliminate any confusion between the two. B. Brigittae is typically redder colored once settled as well. This gets a lot trickier when comparing the fish of Malaysia and its surrounding areas, B. maculatus, from the fish of south Borneo, B. merah, or even B. merah from South Thailand. All three of these animals are incredibly similar in appearance. I’ve found that the oval spot on the side of the body seems to vary between each. In B. maculatus it is usually a small circle. In B. merah it appears to be an oval to almost stripe-like, finally B. naevus’ spot is a lot larger than that of its two congeners.

Now it’s only a matter of figuring out which species you want to put in the tank on your counter. If you’re like me you’ll just go set up six new tanks to collect them! When you get finished setting up the tanks you better make your way over to our website, www.wetspottropicalfish.com, to view what’s in stock for the week. Most of the Boraras are ready for sale as we speak. Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook!

Thanks for reading again!

Anthony Perry

Sales Manager

July 19, 2013

Good morning, folks! Anthony is away at the American Cichlid Association convention this week; it’s been quite some time since I’ve written the notes for you all and I hope you don’t mind the slight change of pace. 

I’m sure most of you are quite familiar with Puntius tetrazona “Tiger Barb” as a cyprinid widely available in the hobby. This particular fish is well-known enough to be featured on postage stamps in Cambodia, Cuba and Afghanistan. We wanted to share with you some interesting facts about this fish, as well as a special treat we’ve got available for any barb fans.

Puntius tetrazona

 

To start with a bit of history, the Tiger Barb was first described in 1855 by Bleeker and its genus has been changed many times over the years. Its true classification and identity is still under debate, but P. tetrazona should serve our purposes well. Tiger Barbs have been kept in aquariums for many decades and suppliers have had much success in breeding them as livestock for sale as well as creating various color morphs through selective breeding. Wild specimens of P. tetrazona are exceptionally rare in the hobby compared to the ubiquitous tank-raised stock. Because the Tiger Barb has been commercially bred for so long, many strains available have been poorly maintained, resulting in poor health or physical deformity. Rest assured, of course, that we are quite careful about the fish that we stock and avoid any subpar strains.

 

Puntius tetrazona seems to be a very adaptable fish: While native to Sumatra and Borneo, specimens have been introduced in Colombia, India, the Phillipines, Singapore, the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Suriname and Australia and have established themselves well in most of these locations. With a temperature range of anywhere from 68°F to nearly 80°F as well as tolerance for both somewhat acidic and alkaline waters, this is not surprising. This makes the Tiger Barb, particularly well maintained strains of tank raised fish, very easy to keep in your home aquaria.

 

We have two color morphs of P. tetrazona available right now, including the “Green Tiger Barb”. As far as ornamental fish strains go, this is a quite fascinating one. Specimens of Puntius tetrazona have been selectively bred for broader and darker black bands with the end result of a nearly black fish. Of course, it does not appear to be a black fish – the Green Tiger Barb reflects stunning green coloration over its black markings. This color effect is the result of light scattering off microparticles of the fish’s scales. This is known as the Tyndall effect, an optical physics property responsible for blue eyes in humans and the apparent blue color of vehicle exhaust and opalite glass.

Puntius tetrazona "Green"

 

Our other color morph is the “Albino Tiger Barb”, bred over generations for the fully recessive trait of albinism. These fish show pinks, yellows and reds with shining white stripes. For those of you who enjoy albino fish, these specimens are definitely a treat.

Puntius tetrazona "Albino"

 

Now, I did mention a special treat. As I stated earlier, nearly every specimen available in the hobby is commercially bred. However, we have obtained an absolutely beautiful batch of wild-caught Tiger Barbs! This is definitely a fish not to miss out on!

 

Thank you for reading this week! Anthony will be back to the notes next week, so you can all breathe a sigh of relief.  

 

Jessica Supalla

June 28, 2013

 

Hey there! I see that you couldn’t stay away for too long? Oh, that’s right; it’s me who bugs you with these newsletters every Friday. Well than! It looks like I couldn’t stay away from you! Which is great as I have a couple familiar fish to cover this week, but new fish that you haven’t heard of before?! I don’t like to brag (that’s not true. You should never go bowling with me), but our list is pretty impressive. Though there is lot of things that I would love to talk about today, I can only pick a handful. Otherwise, you’ll be reading a book! How about we get right to it?

The past couple of years have been in interesting time for a lot of the Cyprinids found throughout South East Asia. As scientists continue their research, and new discoveries are being made, many of these fish have found their way into all new genus’s, while others have been re-classified altogether based on shared similarities. We try to keep up on these updates as they become available. This can be quite confusing (and rather boring) for a lot you as names that you may recognize are no longer being used. I won’t sit here and punish you with the logistics of it all, but would rather talk about some of my favorite barbs that went from being in the genus ‘Puntius’ to their new name of ‘Dawkinsia’. I should mention real quick that the new genus is named in honor of Dr. Richard Dawkins for his part in public understanding and evolutionary science. Here’s a big thank you to the good doctor!

The oldest member of the genus, Dawkinisa filamentosa “Filament Barb”, has been in the hobby since the mid 1840’s, and was first known as Leuciscus filamentosa. The fish have had many name changes over the years, but their roots in the hobby have never been stronger. These mid-sized barbs will grow to around 4-5” in a tank, and develop exceptional extensions off of the dorsal fin (hence the common name). In their native homeland of India, they prefer lowland coastal floodplains, and can be found in both fresh and brackish waters.

Dawkinsia filamentosa

PH: 6-7
Temp: 68-77°
Hardness: 36-228 ppm

The Filament Barb is a great looking fish, but when you place it next to Dawkinsia assimilis “Mascara Barb”, you may end up considering adding these instead to your tank. What the Filament Barb started out with the Mascara Barb takes it and draws red and blue Crayola’s all over the lips and body of the fish. The pastel-like colors begin when the fish get to be about 2.5”, and continue to get more pronounced as the fish mature to their 3.5-5” adult size. The Mascara Barbs seem to be restricted to the Southwest states of Karnataka and Kerela in India. The brilliantly colored fish prefer sluggish water with muddy substrates, but another location within Chalakudy revealed fish living in clear, rocky habitats stuck in between gigantic waterfalls.

Dawkinsia assimilis

PH: 6-7
Temp: 68-77°
Hardness: 36-179 ppm

Sticking with the “rareness” theme here we move onto a lime-green colored variant within the ‘filamentosa’ complex. Dawkinisa rohani “Rohan’s Tear Spot Barb” is very new to the hobby with its introduction in 2010. One of my favorite barbs is restricted to the southernmost tip of India in the Kanyakumari District. It’s not quite known just what kind of conditions these beauties are living in, but it’s most likely much like the Filament Barb further north. Rohan’s Barb is one of the smaller members within the complex by generally staying around 3.5” in length.

Dawkinsia rohani

PH: 6-7.5
Temp: 68-77°
Hardness: 36-179 ppm

The next familiar face here has been wrongly named in the hobby for a number of years. Dawkinsia tambraparniei “False Arulius Barb” is commonly imported under the name Dawkinsia arulius “Aurlius Barb”, but the two fish are not one in the same. D. tambraparniei (try saying that five times fast!) was originally collected in the Tambraparni River system and was thought to be a form of the true D. aurulius, but this fish appears to be found in the Cauvery drainage. The false Aurulius Barb develops filament extensions off of the dorsal fin that the real one lacks. If the fish are not fully matured, it’s easy to confuse the two. However, the true Arulius Barb is rarely imported, and most of what comes in labeled as Aurulius Barbs are farm raised False Aurulius Barbs from Asia. We were lucky enough to come up with wild stock of the “real” Aurulius Barb from India. The two fish are very striking as adults, and usually exhibit an electrifying red to magenta-like color on the body with three broad black stripes running vertically along the fish. The “false” Aurulius Barb usually outgrows the real one - reaching lengths of almost 6”. The true Arulius Barb typically stays around 4-5”. Either one of these barbs are sight to see!

Dawkinsia tambraparniei Male

Dawkinsia tambraparniei

PH: 6-8
Temp: 68-77°
Hardness: 36-268 ppm

Any of these barbs prefer to be kept in groups, and it’s my recommendation that a shoal of at least eight fish be kept in an aquarium to keep them active and healthy. This size group will also limit the male’s aggression to among themselves. If you are planning on setting up a tank for any of these than a riverine type biotope is usually the best choice. Large rocks with some Cryptocoryne are all you really need to accommodate these mid-sized fish. This type of setup is not crucial, and the fish make wonderful additions to most community tanks granted there is nothing of smaller size that they may be considered food by the large sized fish.

Dawkinsia arulius

PH: 6-7.5
Temp: 68-77°
Hardness: 36-179 ppm

This one was a bit lengthy, but we had a lot to talk about! I hope you enjoyed the newsletter as much as I enjoyed writing it for you. Like always, you can find all of these fish in stock and our list at www.wetspottropicalfish.com. If you like to place an order for them, or anything else, please feel free to contact me through the information provided below. If you haven’t done so already, “like” our Facebook page, and sign up for or other monthly newsletter!

I’ll see you all in a week!

Anthony Perry
Sales Manager

July 12, 2013

 

Hello once again and welcome to this week’s newsletter. Over the last few weeks I have had several requests about some of the cichlids that occur in Central America. I, not really being into the brown overgrown and rather aggressive cichlids that inhabit these lands, have managed to evade this topic long enough, and I guess now is better than any to jump right on in the world of “brown” fish.

I’m sure most of you are familiar or at least the common Amatitlania nigrofascitaus “Convict Cichlid”. This black and grey striped cichlid was originally described by Albert Günther in 1867 when Frederick DuCane Godman and Osbert Salvin collected the fish for the first time. These small growing cichlids range all across eastern coast from Guatemala to Costa Rica, and the western parts of Honduras to Panama. The color varies across its natural range, because of this some species have been given their own scientific names based on this coloration, habitat, and breeding preferences. Convicts are usually recommended for beginners who either wish to get into the hobby, or to learn the basics of fish husbandry. The fish can become sexually active at just 16 weeks old! Once a monogamous pair forms the fish will chose a cave or crevice to start their family in or near. After the eggs are laid it takes about 72 hours for the eggs to hatch. 72 hours after they become hatchlings the fry will become free swimming. Both parents will guard their young and are often great parents. This is probably why they have established such a reputation in the hobby. Eventually these fish will reach a maximum size of about 6” for the males with the females topping out about 4” or so.

Amatitlania nigrafasciata

We all know the Convict Cichlids and what they are about, but did you know of a distant relative that is found in Honduras? An electrifying blue colored fish known as Amatitlania sp. “Honduran Red Point” is found in south Honduran into Costa Rica. It was Rusty Wessel who discovered this fish in the bodies of water in Honduras only a few short years ago. Since then, the “Blue Convict” has gained popularity in the hobby over the last few years. Many have believed that this fish is a mere variant of A. nigrafasciatus, but major differences between the two are keeping scientists from identifying it. The males of these fish will reach a total length of about 4", while the females will only grow to be about 2-3”. The spawns of these fish are only 40-50 eggs compared to over 200 in the common Convict. It appears that the Red Point likes to pick through the substrate in order to find food, whereas the Convict is less picky on this method. The barring is also completely different in both fish. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Blue Convict gets its own species name in the near future.

Amatitlania sp. "Honduran Red Point"

Amatitlania sp. "Honduran Red Point"

The last species that I would like to discuss with you is Archocentrus chetumalensis that starts its distribution in Quintana Roo, Mexico and can be found as far south as Guatemalan Peten. This fish is even newer to science than the Honduran Red Point by being described by Schmitter-Soto in 2007. This fish was originally thought to be a form of A. spilurus, but is now known as its own fish. Like most of the genus, males are typically larger than the females (4” males, 3” females) and have longer fins, but it’s the females that tend to have a stronger red color. The females will also retain a bit more red color in the dorsal fin. A. chetumalensis is another easy to breed cave spawner that produces between 50-200 eggs per spawn.

Archocentrus chetumalensis

Any of these fish are easy to care for, moderately sized cichlids that are a real joy to watch. They make excellent parents, have wonderful colors, and will not outgrow your 20 gallon aquarium. Oh, and are not a big brown fish that will eat everything. You can keep them with swordtails or platys in their aquarium to really add some color. You’ll find all of these fish on our current list, www.wetspottropicalfish.com. If there are any questions that you may have concerning these, or any other fish, please feel free to contact me. Don’t forget to “like” our Facebook page, follow us on Pinterest, and sign up for our monthly mailer!

Until next week!

Anthony Perry

Sales Manager

June 21, 2013

 Welcome back, my friend! I wanted to thank those of you who took a moment to fill out the survey I sent out last Wednesday. We received a lot of great feedback, and a little bit of suggestions that I have taken into consideration. There will be some changes to follow in the upcoming weeks as I continue to review what all of you have said. To me, it is a great honor to write these blogs for you each and every week, and I hope that with the survey I can continue to offer an informative, entertaining, and educational newsletter that I have worked at providing for over the past two years. So, once again, thanks for the feedback, but more importantly, thanks for reading!

With that out of the way, I would like to begin this week’s topics by talking about some more “common” items here in the shop. I know that I often pass over these, as we get so many new and interesting fish in all the time. My personal preference is the fish that no other vendor has, as often there is no information available on such species. It seems that many of you would like to hear a little more about the common items than those of some remote jungle that no one in their right mind would journey to. Luckily enough, I’m not also out of my mind that I would venture to such, but intelligent enough to know that there is already a gem right here in the shop. So without further ado, I would like to “re”-introduce you to a few fish that have been around more than just the block…

Paracheirodon innesi “Neon Tetra” has been around the hobby since the 1930’s. It was first reported near the city of Iquitos in Peru. Today populations of the infamous Neon Tetra range all over the northern states of South America, and may be found from Brazil all the way to Colombia. These wild specimens are seldom imported, and most, if not all, of what we see in the trade is raised in fish farms from the Far East.

Paracheirodon innesi

Neon’s are often confused with their cousin, Paracheirodon axelrodi “Cardinal Tetra”, but can be distinguished from the lack of red pigmentation running across the lower body. In the Cardinal Tetra, this red color runs all the way across the bottom of the fish, while Neon’s only have it for about half of this length. Cardinals typically outgrow Neon’s as well – reaching a little over 1.5”.

Paracheirodon axelrodi

The third species closely related to the Neon Tetra is known as Paracheirodon simulans “Green Neon Tetra”, and is told apart from both the other two by possessing little to no red on the underside. This fish stays even smaller, reaching only about an inch in length.

Paracheirodon simulans

The ease of reproduction from these animals is why they are readily available in most fish stores. One can produce fry from Neon’s by placing a few full grown adults (1.25”) in a dimly lit tank with some java moss. The pH should range from 5.5-6.5 and the temperature needs to be 80-84°. A small bubble filter is more than adequate to filter the aquarium. The parents should be left alone to do their “business” for a few days. If you can notice some eggs in the moss than the parents should be removed. The eggs and fry are light sensitive, so keep the tank as dimly lit as possible for a few days.

Paracheirodon innesi "Diamond Head"

All three of these species make great community fish, but they will need to be kept in larger schools if you wish for them to truly show off not only their magnificent colors, but remarkable behavior that can only be achieved in higher numbers. I always recommend these fish to be housed in tanks at least 36” long, as they love to swim around an aquarium. By providing the extra room for our little Characins this will allow them to live long, happy lives.

Paracheirodon axelrodi

I’ve had a great time talking to you about some of my favorite tetras. So now that you know more about them it’s time you visited our website, www.wetspottropicalfish.com, to find them on our rather impressive list. Don’t forget that if there is something on there that you’d like to learn about please feel free to contact me. I’ll be more than happy to provide more information and photos about the fish. If you haven’t done so already, take a moment to “like” us on Facebook, or sign up for our other monthly mailer!

Paracheirodon simulans

Thanks again for reading!

Anthony Perry

Sales Manager