Loaches from Taiwan *more pics added 15-03-09*

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Loaches from Taiwan *more pics added 15-03-09*

Post by Emma Turner » Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:58 pm

I received a nice shipment of fish direct from Taiwan this evening. One of the fish I ordered was the Tasseled-mouth loach Crossostoma lacustre. Looking at the loaches in the bags, they really reminded me of Liniparhomaloptera disparis disparis, but that species is not from Taiwan and this supplier ships native fish only. What do you think? (better pics will follow in a couple of days, btw):

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A couple of minutes after they were released into the tank:

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Post by bob d » Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:16 pm

No comment on the type (I don't know) but beautiful loaches. You have all the fun Emma.

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Post by Jim Powers » Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:32 pm

I would say that they are Crossostoma by the head shape, darker markings and more prominent barbels than L. disparis .
It seems that there are several hillstreams (L. disparis, Vanmanenia, Crossostoma) from China that look very similar.
Regardless what they are. They are VERY cool and I would love to have some. :wink:
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Post by bslindgren » Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:44 pm

Beautiful fish, as always!
Why does my aquarium always seem too small?

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Post by fhm_usa » Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:16 am

nice...are you going to keep all of them?

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Post by Graeme Robson » Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:26 am

My first thoughts are the Crossostoma stigmata. But if direct from Taiwan then Crossostoma lacustre.

Very nice!! 8)
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Post by palaeodave » Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:22 am

Those are so pretty. Are they really as aggressive as the species index says? Not for the hillstream tank we're setting up now but definitely on my wish list for the future! Oooooh, a Taiwan biotope. What else does the Taiwanese company have on its lists?
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Post by helen nightingale » Wed Mar 11, 2009 7:48 am

they are gorgerous! i will get some after i have robbed the bank

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Post by piggy4 » Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:10 am

WOW !

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Post by LES.. » Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:14 am

Drool...
I'm going to need a new tank (-:


psst! Emma, any news on the Gastros you got in last week?

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Post by odyssey » Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:16 am

Hi Emma.

The wonderful number! There seem to be many in Taiwan.
Only 1 of the same guy is also in my tank.
They were sold as Crossostoma lacustre from Taiwan.
It doesn't seem that guy eats algae.
A freezen bloodworm is a favorite.
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The following picture is the similar fish which was being raised before.
They were sold as Chinese lizard fish.
I don't know whether it's the same fish species.
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The following fishes thinks it's probably Liniparhomaloptera disparis.
Previous 3 and present 1.
An alga was principal food for them.
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I am not used to English. Therefore,It is likely to sometimes misunderstand it.

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Post by Emma Turner » Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:32 am

fhm_usa wrote:nice...are you going to keep all of them?
Hehe! No, not all of them. Those pics were taken at our shop - we had 160 of them come in. :shock:
LES.. wrote:psst! Emma, any news on the Gastros you got in last week?
Couldn't see any G. viriosus, but if I see any in future shipments they will be reserved for you straight away. Alas, that really huge Gastro did not make it. :cry:
palaeodave wrote:Are they really as aggressive as the species index says?
The supplier bagged them all together, which they don't tend to do if fish are a bit aggressive (they put them in tiny individual bags if that's the case) and there was nothing in the bag to keep them apart (with moderately aggressive species they tend to put ribbons of plastic in the bags). So not sure at this stage.
palaeodave wrote:What else does the Taiwanese company have on its lists?


Last night I also received some Paracheilognathus (Tanakia) himantegus, Rhinogobius candidianus (huge!!!), and Sicyopus zosterophorum pairs (you do not want to know the price of those :shock: ).

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Post by palaeodave » Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:41 am

That's interesting. The species index says they're the most aggressive hillstream loach... The ones you have don't look just an awful lot like the picture on the index either: http://www.loaches.com/species-index/ph ... 1.jpg/view
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Post by Emma Turner » Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:46 am

If you search on the net for pics of C. lacustre, it throws up the LOL pics from Gerhard, plus a load of pics that look more like L. disparis disparis. :?
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Post by Graeme Robson » Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:06 pm

odyssey wrote:The following picture is the similar fish which was being raised before.
They were sold as Chinese lizard fish.
I don't know whether it's the same fish species.
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It's a Vanmanenia hainanensis.

Lovely pictures! 8)
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