Hello Summer!

Summer certainly has come on with full force. Daily temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s hit us here in the midwest in early June. It sure seems that those temperatures are here to stay too.

With the warmer temperatures come longer days and longer days can bring on more activity in the fishroom. It seems that our hard work with raising additional brood stock is paying off. Last week we discovered a very young male zebra pleco with fry. The male measures approximately two and half inches and was guarding at least two juveniles. Since then we have discovered one additional juvenile in the aquarium. The tank is a sixty-five gallon aquarium kept around 80-82F and is outfitted with a large sponge filter. Additionally, we found another male in another aquarium with a female inside his cave. Fingers crossed that these and our other groups are soon successful.

Please note that we are still working towards having enough breeding stock of zebra plecos (Hypancistrus zebra) so we have larger numbers of juvenile fish available. Until we reach that point, we are unable to offer this species on our availability list. Please stay tuned for more updates!

Wild Male Zebra Pleco

Spring Into Auction Season

Things are slowly going back to normal. We are happy to hear that fish events are starting to come back and we will be attending our first auction since COVID started this coming weekend. The Greater Cincinnati Aquarium Society (GCAS) will be having a full on auction Saturday, March 12th. Details for the event can be found on their website at: http://www.gcas.org. Cincinnati always has a great assortment of new, rare and bread and butter species. It should be a great time and we are looking forward to seeing familiar faces.

A quick update on the fishroom and our next collecting trip. Currently there is not a lot to report in the fishroom. A few interesting species have spawned including our Honeycomb Ancistrus. Unfortunately the number of eggs was small so we have maybe a few dozen juveniles coming up. A few other Corydoras species have also laid eggs recently including a fan favorite and one of our personal favorites, Corydoras duplicareus. With spring approaching we are sure more of our fish will get into breeding condition soon.

As far as our next collecting trip, all looks good for us to head back to Peru via Colombia. We are looking to search for a new woodcat species in the Rio Ampiyacu. That said, this area has been labeled a hot bed for biodiversity as are other areas of the Amazon. Hopefully we can share more details as the trip draws closer. That is all we can share for now. We will share more details prior and after the trip. We are also hoping to share the trip at an upcoming lecture at the end of the year.

Lastly, it is also a good time to mention spring cleaning of filters to keep those nitrates low in your tank. Keep your fish happy and healthy with those weekly partial water changes!

Tympanopleura cryptica

Happy New Year!

A Happy New Year to all! We are truly happy to enter into a new year. 2021 was much of the same as 2020. Unfortunately 2021 ended with us contracting covid. We ended up having to cancel our trip to the OCA Extravaganza. For those that preordered fish, we are truly sorry as it was out of our control. We hope everyone that could attend enjoyed their time and were safe while at the event.

2022 however does offer hope and opportunity. First up is the Columbus Area Fish Enthusiasts (CAFE) Swap. This is the first event in our home town in quite a while. We hope to see everyone at this event especially those that we missed last fall at the OCA Extravaganza. Details for the event can be found on the new CAFE website: https://www.columbusfishclub.org. See everyone there!

Not a whole lot of news coming out of the fishroom currently. We have numerous spawns from all the normal species. Probably the neatest species to spawn recently are our Corydoras sp. “CW49” or Diamond Cory as they are commonly known as. This species supposedly hails from a tributary of the Rio Vaupes. The Rio Vaupes is a blackwater river. We visited the area in 2018 and the water was soft and acidic. As a result, we have found that this species requires those conditions for their eggs to develop in captivity. They have been a slight challenge but we are now obtaining regular spawns. Fingers crossed that we will be able to offer this species soon.

Corydoras sp. “CW049”

It’s That Time Again

It’s that time again, time for the Ohio Cichlid Association (OCA) Extravaganza. We have been attending this event for over 20 years straight and we refuse to miss out on this year’s convention.  This event has everything from speakers to hobbyists selling fish from their hotel rooms. It is also a very affordable event for new and old aquarists alike.

Speakers this year include Ad Konings, Paul Loiselle, Les Kaufman, Luiz Tencatt, Eric Bodrock and Charley Grimes. There is a vendor room, be sure to swing by PlecoCaves.com and mention we sent you. In addition, there is a Saturday Swap, a Cichlid and Catfish Show, a Dry Goods Auction and a Sunday Cichlid and Catfish Auction.  Aside from that, there are hobbyists from all over North America and beyond. It truly is fish, friends and fun all under one roof. For more info., visit their website at: https://www.ohiocichlid.com/extravaganza/extravaganza-info Also be sure to check out our Fish Availability page Hope to see everyone there!

Cataclysm was a Success!

We had a fabulous time at last week’s Cataclysm in Madison, Wisconsin. It was a great turn out even despite the recent rise in Covid cases. Our talks were well received with one talk on the Rio Caqueta region and another on updates to the catfish family Auchenipteridae.

A special mention is due to a budding woodcat enthusiast. His birthday wish was to come to Cataclysm and listen to our talks! At only 12 years old, he already knows what he wants to be when he grows up, an ichthyologist! It was certainly the highlight of the trip! We were just amazed by his knowledge at such a young age. Obviously we hooked him up with fish and gear. We hope he continues down that path and we will stay in contact with him on his future endeavors.

Next up is the Ohio Cichlid Association Extravaganza. We will be able to offer only presales for this event. Please visit our Fish Availability page for details.

First Available Ever?!

We continue to draw closer to Cataclysm. This event is a must for any catfish nuts! We will share a few talks but also plan to bring some fish along. This event presents a rare opportunity to meet with and discuss some of our favorite groups of fish. And for the first time, to our knowledge, Duringlanis altae will be made available. These little gems have incredible pattern and no two fish are exactly the same! But if you want a chance at these, you will need to attend this magical event. For more information on this species, please click the link here to PlanetCatfish.

Duringlanis altae

Cataclysm Is In 100 Days!

Are you ready? Ready for Cataclysm that is! We are just over 100 days until this amazing event. What could be better than fish and friends? AmazonTropics.com will be on hand and presenting not just one talk but two! One talk will share some of the species of catfish we have collected in Colombia while the other talk will try to sort some of the complex groups of catfish known as woodcats.

The event also will host various vendors, a Saturday cookout, raffles and a rare catfish auction. And to celebrate, we are sharing tonight that available in the rare catfish auction will be four first generation Liosomadoras oncinus, the Jaguar Catfish. First generation meaning that the parents were from the wild. This is likely the first time tank raised specimens have been made available ever! Check out the photos below along with this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8uO-vMnehs Be sure to register for this event today at: https://catfish-cataclysm.com

F-1 Liosomadoras oncisnus Juvenile
Adult Liosomdoras oncinus male

The Last Days of Spring

Hello everyone! Earlier this week the temperatures were very spring like. We took the time to do some hiking. Photos of some of the areas we visited are below. This is likely the last week for spring like temperatures as summer is finally here. Many of our counterparts in the west are certainly feeling the summer heat with temperatures well over one hundred degrees.

As we move into summer, the hope is that fish events will start up again. The next major event will be the American Cichlid Association (ACA) Convention in Saint Louis. We currently plan to attend so there will be a chance for folks to preorder some fish. Also on the horizon may be the chance to travel outside of the US. We are still a ways away from planning anything but we have our fingers crossed!

Lastly, we want to remind everyone that we will be at Cataclysm in October. We are just over 100 days away from this big event. As a special announcement, I would like to share that we will be offering, likely for the first time ever, F1 Liosomadoras oncinus, the Jaguar Catfish. There will be a total of four fish available as part of the Rare Catfish Auction.  More exciting rare catfish will be announced soon so stay tuned!

Cautiously Optimistic

We are cautiously optimistic as things stand right now. While the number of people vaccinations in the U.S. has dramatically increased over the last month, COVID numbers are again on the rise. Chances are this can be contributed to the change in weather along with families on spring break. We hope everyone is staying safe during these times and please consider getting the vaccine.

On the horizon, there are many upcoming fish events including: the Greater Pittsburgh Aquarium Society Inc. Swap, the Northeast Council (NEC) Virtual Convention, the Youngstown Area Tropical Fish Society (YATFS) Auction, the American Killifish Association (AKA) Convention and the American Cichlid Association (ACA) Convention. Only the NEC event is virtual so you now have a chance at attending all the other events in person! Fingers crossed that these events can proceed.

Lastly, a few folks have asked about shipping. Right now it just is impractical to offer this service. If you wish to obtain fish from us, the best way is by meeting at a fish event or porch pickup. Please feel free to email us if you have further questions. Thanks!