What's in store? - March 2018Posted on the 5th March 2018
It’s the family that just keeps giving and this month’s Cory is the handsome Sand’s catfish (Corydoras davidsandsi). That distinctive pattern helps the fish to keep in contact with one another, as well as breaking up their outline from above to help the evade predators. No such concerns for them at our Reading store.
In a hobby full of territorial fishes, Orange-lined Cardinals (Ostorhinchus cyanosoma) are a breath of fresh air. Not only are they safe to keep amongst corals, these modestly-sized reef fish will thrive in groups providing they have plenty of space and shelter. As can be seen from this one at Knutsford, they’re not camera shy either.
A rare double for Knutsford, as these Green barbs (Barbodes semifasciolatus) also caught my eye. This temperate Chinese beauty is the ancestral form of the familiar Gold barb and shares the same hardy nature, coupled with a wonderful seasonal spawning dress. A great choice for the larger unheated aquarium, or a nice Asian stream biotope.
A trip over the water revealed a cracking selection of dwarf cichlids at our Belfast store, including this handsome male Macmaster’s apisto (Apistogramma macmasteri ‘Red Neck’) amongst many others. These fishes have all the character and aggression of their larger relatives but in a more manageable package - most of them don’t even eat neons!
Loaches have been popular for years, thanks to an appetite for snails and some big personalities. Clown loach (Chromobotia macracanthus) are often recommended for eating snails but their large adult size is a problem for most aquaria. Step forward the smaller and well-behaved Zebra loach (Botia striata, pictured below), which can be easily kept in small groups alongside most community fishes. Once the snails have been munched, these fish will enjoy any of the usual sinking pellet or tablet rations, as well as appreciating the frozen treats which make for a more interesting and varied diet. These youngsters were seen during a visit to the Morden branch.