Fish Story Aquarium and Rescue, Naples, FL; two 4500 gal 13'x13'x4.5'

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Wow, that cat is stunning!
 

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An update on the stock, Aug 6 2015.

The major addition is courtesy of Wes Wong who kindly sent me his lovely trio of ~2' spinibarbus denticulatus, four 1.5'-2' Tor species - soro, progenious, khudree, and malabaricus, cichla occelaris ~1' from Guyana that Wes caught himself, and a ~1' Crenicichla sp.

Another major addition is a 25 years old, 3' Oxydoras niger who spent his last 20 years in a 6'x2'x2' and an average ammonia of 0.25-0.50 ppm.

Other fingerlings and juvies include
vulture catfish x 6 (snookn21),
spotted gar (not a FL gar; Shark Aquarium),
Nigerian lungfish and a Cephalosilurus sp. (snookn21),
bolt catfish x 2 (Ted Judy),
Cichla sp. orinocensis "brazil" x 4 (Wes Wong),
Hoplias lacerdae green "Argentina x 4 (Wes Wong),
Trachydoras paraguayensis x4 (Wes Wong),
lates calcarifer (Wes)
siniperca chuatsi (Wes)
black lancer catfish (Wetspot)
Pterodoras granulosus x 3 (snookn21)
red tail giant gourami x 3 (Wetspot)
firewood catfish (Rehoboth)
Distichodus sexfasciatum x 1 and lussoso x 2 (Rehoboth)
dorado catfish and tigrinus catfish (Shark Aquarium)
Wallago attu 1' (Shark Aquarium)
Brachyplatystoma capapretum (LFS, Aquarium & Reef Center, Cape Coral, FL)


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Snapped a few better shots of the four "non-monster", ~3" Trachydoras paraguayensis kindly supplied by Wes Wong. Neither FishBase nor Planet Catfish have any photos. I've created an ID thread on PCF: http://www.planetcatfish.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=42388#p288728 If the ID holds, these must be exceedingly rare or very new to taxonomy.

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Appreciate the kind words.

Sept 26, 2015. A small occurrence here: we got our first arowana babies.

Kinky and Alf, the 2.5-year old silver arowana pair, had a first spawn ever early May, and Alf had the fingerlings in his mouth for a month and a half but a few days prior to the planned harvest date in early June, he spit them out overnight and all got eaten up.

They had gone straight to courtship after that and had a second spawn ~5.5 weeks ago, August 19, and Alf's been carrying the young in his mouth since then. Yesterday we caught Alf and had him spit out the babies, about 30-35 two-inchers in total. Six have not survived the violence of the forced removal. Others have been ok so far.

Since April, when the first courtship began, through today, end of Sept, Alf has eaten only a couple of tree frogs that I managed to get close to him. He's had no interest in food. He's been either courting Kinky (the circling dance, the chasing and biting) or mouth brooding the babies and tolerating attacks of a beta male Eddie. He got pretty thin.

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A couple photos of Pangasius larnaudii I got from Sam Lai (aka Fishonlinerus) a month ago. Grew from 2" skinny to 4"+ and robust. Indiscriminate, gluttonous eaters but pronouncedly more nervous than IDS.

Go bezerk sometimes still after a month and swim with lightning speed all over their 240 gal in random directions and random body positioning - upright, up side down, on a side, vertically, splashing and jumping out of water and hitting (but surprisingly lightly and damage-free to themselves) bottom and walls.
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