Some new fish in at Rob's Aquariums. Sharing his Facebook post for him.
***NOTE:- Some fish pictures may not be actual photos of fish in store. Please ask Rob or visit store for more details.
Protomelas sp. "spilonotus tanzania" - $20 each.
Scientific name: Protomelas sp. "spilonotus tanzania"
Natural habitat: Rocky environments
Food in the lake: Invertabrates that live in the open water.
Food in the aquarium: A mix of quality pellets, flakes, krill, artemia, etc fed sparingly. No mammal meat!
Behaviour in my aquarium: Swims mainly above the rocks and in the open water. It spawns here and also against the background. Protomelas spilonotus "Tanzania" doesn't build a nest.
Tankmates: Mid sized to large Malawi Haps. Mbuna are to be avoided.
Maximal size: Can vary quite a bit depending on water quality and food amount. Grows to about 18 cm.
Aquarium: At least a tank of >500L with a sufficient amount of big rocks and caves. A sand bottom, pH between 7.5 - 8.5, temperature about 25°C
Otopharynx Lithobates - $20 each 6-7cm.
A relatively peaceful species ideal for many hard water communities. Ideally, it should be kept in a Lake Malawi biotope aquarium with fish such as peaceful Haps. It can also be combined successfully with hard water rainbowfish and some cyprinids. However, small fish will be eaten. It can be maintained in groups but does become territorial when spawning. Males can also be quite vigorous in their pursuit of mates, so we recommend keeping several females to each male. Should not be kept with boisterous fish such as Mbuna
Red Lizard Whiptail Plecostomus - $45 each 5-6cm.
The Red Lizard Whiptail Plecostomus has a very long and slender tail. These plecos develop a brilliant red coloration as they mature. They make a wonderful addition to any freshwater, peaceful community aquarium. There are hundreds of fish in the Loricariidae family, and as a result, you may see a reference to the letter "L" for the family Loricariidae, followed by a number. The Red Lizard Whiptail Pleco is referred to as L010a, or L-10a by most hobbyists.
Planted aquariums with high aeration and water movement make for a healthy environment. Rocks and driftwood help to accent a natural habitat and provide hiding spaces to reduce stress for the Red Lizard Whiptail Pleco. A 50 gallon aquarium or larger is recommended for this species.
Feeding the Red Lizard Whiptail Pleco is not difficult due to the fact that it is not a picky eater. Feeding off the bottom of the aquarium, it gets most of its nutrition from left over food and algae. If there is no algae or left over food present, supplement with high quality flake food, sinking herbivore pellets, and freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex.
Strawberry Peacocks - $30 each.
The male Strawberry Peacock cichlid shows a stunning display of color as an adult and the females, though less colorful than the males, are also a really nice looking fish. These peacocks are less aggressive than many other African cichlids, and would make a wonderful addition to a home aquarium. These fish are excellent eaters, and will typically accept both flake and pellet food. Frozen cichlid formula should also be a part of its diet, in order to have the fish show its best color.