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Post by GaryE on Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:12 pm

People who have been here a while know I'm a somewhat, umm, obsessive fishkeeper who manages to get hold of some uncommon species.

I just hit one of the holy grails. I picked up a bag of Congopanchax brichardi, a fish I saw pictures of 25 years ago, and had never seen alive. They may not make the morning, but if they do, they should survive. A few days ago they were in the shallows close to Kinshasa, Congo.

They are micro-fish, under one inch long, at most, full grown, with cardinal tetra blue bodies, and bright red fins. They are a lampeye killie, a shoaling fish. They are also notoriously hard to ship, and to get in alive. The shipment arrived in Montreal this evening and the fish are eating live baby brine shrimp as I type. Okay, I get pumped about finding new fish, but this thing? I never thought I would even see it, let alone have an outside chance of learning about breeding it. This, to me, is so cool I have to share my excitement - with no photos yet...

I also got some Barbus hulstaerti, a micro barb I have kept and bred before. It's an old favourite I was glad to see again - another tiny fish.

Add to that two pairs of Pelvicachromis subocellatus from Moanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, a really nice dwarf cichlid that should soon have a really fine colour pattern.

We have a bit of a flash freeze on, from a balmy -2 it is falling fast, heading for -18. The drive out to get them was a little slippery, as the highway was black and shining. And hey, it was worth it!
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Post by CAAIndie on Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:38 pm

Sure sounds like the trip out was worth it. Just stunning fish! The pattern on the pelvicachromis are stunning. What kind of size are they compared to something like a pulcher?

The barbs have a cool dalmatian thing going on.

The Congopanchax brichardi are beautiful. Congrats on the new arrivals.

Just gorgeous. I hope they all do well for you. I can't wait to see some photos of any and all of these guys.

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Post by DJay on Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:15 pm

Congratulations Gary! I completely understand your excitment ... anytime I manage to get my hands on a fish that I've only read about and/or wanted for a few decades my heart gets racing too Very Happy

I'm not familiar with the little killies, but the hulstaerti have shown up a few times before in my neck of the woods. They're beautiful. I'm hoping to track down another little barb, Barbus jae, a fish I had about 15 years ago, but was only able to get males of at the time.

Good luck with all of your aquisitions, that location of subocellatus looks great too!

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Post by nyleveiam on Tue Jan 13, 2015 5:47 am

Gary, your excitement is contagious!!! I find it very rewarding that after years and years in the hobby you can still get major excitement!!!
Sounds like the feeling I get when my dog goes Best in Show!!!!!!!
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Post by alexmtl on Tue Jan 13, 2015 6:01 am

Hey that's great Gary ! Cool uncommon fish !
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Post by hello_rockview12 on Tue Jan 13, 2015 7:28 am

So awesome! Looking forward to seeing photos of all three!
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Post by guppyguy on Tue Jan 13, 2015 7:59 am

That is awesome Gary. I know the feeling of excitement when you find that rare fish you been looking for. This hobby is always exciting.

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Post by l_l_l on Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:18 am

Gary, you got to tell us your secrets!
If you ever manage to find more of these or breed them....
Hook me up. I have been looking for these as well. 25 years is a very long time to wait for a fish. I really hope they make it for you! Smile

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Post by Sbenson11 on Tue Jan 13, 2015 9:22 am

Congratulations, it certainly is exciting when you find a fish you have been looking a long time.

Hope to hit my Holy Grail one of these days.

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Post by GaryE on Tue Jan 13, 2015 2:16 pm

I've enjoyed reading Steve's excitement at getting some of those koi. I get it. It might take about 10,000 of these little brichardis to make one koi, but the principle's the same. There are fish you find out about, watch for and give up on. And boom, they appear.

I figure I have about ten holy grails in mind. But I had eleven!
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Post by Fores41 on Tue Jan 13, 2015 4:16 pm

Hey Congrats on getting these rare fish and good luck with breeding. That was a long wait for the fish enjoy.
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Post by Poppy on Tue Jan 13, 2015 5:01 pm

Congratulations! Can't wait for the pics Smile
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Post by vince0 on Tue Jan 13, 2015 5:42 pm

I saw pics on the Ontario killi page, they came in through below water?

Congrats on a sweet find! hopefully they grace you with lots of fry and neat behaviours too!
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Post by catinthehat on Tue Jan 13, 2015 6:48 pm

Gary, I am so pumped for you.

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Post by GaryE on Tue Jan 13, 2015 7:24 pm

The same ones, from belowwater.
Today, they survived a 4 hour power blackout, but that killed my brine shrimp culture. Grrrr.
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Post by vince0 on Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:23 pm

Coool! those are nice looking fish! Hopefully you get some nice shots.
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