What a great story! Thanks for sharing Ken...
I wish I could take photos like you to show how amazing mine are doing as well from Larry-- but... we have you to do that
Mine are schooling with my African tetras in the 180. They seem to like one another.
These fish are beautifully colored and so healthy. Good breeding stock makes all the difference with these fish. I encourage everyone who is looking for this fish to check with their local aquarium society. You would be surprised at the high quality fish you can buy-- most of the time below the cost of the LFS.
So cool that you were able to go directly to look at his breeding operation. Ill have to ask him myself if I can go do this sometime.
I almost gave you a call and see if you and your husband wanted to travel to Stockton with me but I ended up making a last minute decision to go down. Larry was great, Iím sure heíd be more than welcome to have you visit his house and fish room.
Funny about yours schooling with African Tetras, mine are a lot of time schooling with the Rummynose Tetras.
You've been taking some pretty good photos, so no excuses for not posting!!!
Originally Posted by Seattle_Aquarist
Hi @Ken Keating1
What a great story and what beautiful fish! Local aquarium clubs might seem 'obsolete' to some folks but it is a great way to find local folks with similar interests (obsessions?) and some healthy, locally raised fish and plants.
SA, you and Amy have a very good point regarding local aquarium clubs. Clubs have lots of great contacts with very knowledgeable folks plus some clubs have some great speakers. When I attended the SAS club meeting, there must have been over 100 people there and the auction was unbelievable, I was surprised at the great equipment, fish and plants that were for sale. Plus I found out thereís local folks who are breeding fish(not just rainbowfish) that are much better quality than the LFS. These folks put their heart and soul into breeding good stock. Highly recommended folks join their local club, itís surprising what youíll find.
Tank is looking great man. I continue to be amazed how you and G.rob's tanks look so much bigger than 55s
Thanks for the complement Joe, heck, the reason itís looking good is thereís a lot of plants in there that came from you, and all the micros in the tank are from you also!
Nice pick up Ken!
The Praecox from G. Lange are the "Pagai" variety.
Do you notice any difference in the general shape/appearance of the new onces??
Thanks Greg, good to know what variety I received, I was wondering about that.
It appears the fish are a little more elongated that the LFS ones I acquired, but itís hard to tell as Iím comparing them to photos of my LFS ones at roughly the same size, but I donít know if Iím comparing photos of the same ages as I donít know at what age I acquired the LFS ones. But I will say these new ones have better color than the original LFS ones had at the same size. I think only time will tell once they reach maturity.
Great story on finding those bows! I should research my area a bit better to see what I can find, but from what I see where I live is more into large cichlids, not so much rainbows...
I'd recommend you join the Facebook Group Rainbowfish Live, which is what Larry recommended. Thereís a breeder on the east coast named Lori whoís a moderator of the group, she may be able to help out in providing fish or know of someone who has fish.