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post #16 of 47 (permalink) Old 08-23-2012, 10:01 PM
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What I consider to be my LFS has had at one point or another almost all of these species at one time or another, (Wetspot tropical fish) Ive even seen quite a few Victorian cichlids in there at one point. personally i find Poecilocharax weitzmani to be a hard fish to find
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Notropis welaka

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WHERE DO I FIND THESE?

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I'm pretty sure you can't get those Notropis welaka, if I remember correctly they are under protection because of their low numbers. They also are just about impossible to breed in aquaria as far as I understand. Let me try to find the link for that thread.

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Species livebearers come in a great diversity. There are some serious livebearer hobbyists who breed lots of species. They can look really impressive if you keep them in large groups in a roomy tank, but you don't often see the species livebearers used as display fish.
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How about those freshwater stingrays?

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post #22 of 47 (permalink) Old 08-24-2012, 12:58 AM
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Asian Arowana as well...would love to see one of those in a planted tank.
Imagine a planted tank with a few asian arrows, and then a ton of expensive shrimp...the arrows wouldn;t bother eating them because they'd be to small to be worth it, and it would look cool because no matter how close you are to the tank you'd have something amazing to be drooling over.

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Haha too bad it's illegal I looked up some pictures of the golden or red Asian arrowanas...Man they are beautiful.
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Yeah, it's a real shame how asian arowanas are illegal in the U.S. These days they're pretty much all bred on farms anyways. The farm-bred ones are legal in the UK and Canada, so I don't see why the U.S. should ban them. It's one of my dreams to have a planted indoor pond with a red or golden asian arowana.

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Elephant Fish are pretty rare just due to the pain of trying to keep one.

Not as rare as you might think, I have seen them in petco.

http://www.petco.com/product/102896/...FreshwaterFish


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I like the fish that do something different, or are somehow unique, even if they are commonly available.
Ancient fish: Bichers: Survivors from a long long time ago.
Many catfish: Swim upside down, make noise, sucker mouth and many other adaptations.
Hillstream Loaches and similar shaped: Body shape adapted so they can cling to the rocks in a torrent. Some can even climb water falls by clinging to the rock.
Electrical fish like Knives. Sense their surroundings with an electrical field.
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African Arowanas are pretty cool. I saw that Segrest Farms just got a shipment of them in recently. I had never heard of them before i saw them on their list.

But of course, my favorite fish are Centromochlus and Tatia species, for sure. Centromochlus schultzi and Tatia musaica seem to be impossible to find I the United States. Even in Europe they're hard to come by, but I have noticed that a few stores carry them sometimes, and they always sell for a pretty penny (euro? ). I hope to acquire some in the future.

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WHERE DO I FIND THESE?
Pteronotropis welaka to be exact.

Actually native to N. America - Found in the FL panhandle and the parts of the surrounding states near to it.

There are also more northern isolated populations (in the afforementioned states) and also a more eastern population in FL.

So that one actually isnt as bad as the others. Very cool fish.

This thread really needs to be redefined.

I have fish that are more rare I would say than anything listed thus far - however there is a certain scope to it.

What is rare in an LFS might not be "rare" to someone who seeks oddballs.

My murray cod is critically endangered, and endemic to australia. Try that one on for size. Not even a freshwater fish in the same family in the Americas.

I have kept a handful of species of goodeid, and bred most of them.

A lot of these fish are things that are somewhat common - you just have to know where to go.

"Rarest Planted Tank Fish" might have worked slightly better - but this category is awful wide and has a whole lot of ins and outs as the dude would say.
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OOOh, I've heard of australians keeping murray cod before, but never an american with one.
Now, if only you could get a nice barramundai, or even one of the gold or platnium ones lol
Then again, at that point you might as well deck the tank out with some black stingrays as well, and maybe some other predatory fish.

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I have a group of seven Microsynodontis sp. (1) from Nigeria right now. These guys don't have a scientific name yet...and no one is quite sure how they spawn yet. Heck, I don't even know when they're eating because they rarely come out and when I see them they're all stupidly fat.

It's hard to really pin a SUPER rare fish in aquaria...with the right certificates and background you could potentially find yourself in the possession of many endangered species such as native darters, a variety of livebearers and rare endangered madagascan cichlids.
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