Hello All, I'm new to the forum and wasn't sure where to post this but I'm looking for various Brachyrhaphis species. I already have B. Roseni and B. Rhabdophora. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Sorry from me as well. I just sold my breeding group and fry of B. terrabensis a few weeks ago at my local club’s fall auction. There are a lot of different species around but it may take some work to find them. I attend 4-6 different club auctions every spring and fall and usually only see one or two different species each year. I suggest you put them in a wants list in the trader. You may also find them at one of the two Detroit Auctions. MCAS auction seems to be bigger but that doesn’t always mean a better selection of livebearers. Michigan has a lot of livebearer enthusiasts and Jim Langhammer does live in the Detroit area. Although I am not sure how easy it is to transport them over the boarder into Canada.
One problem with Brachys is it seems to take a very long time to grow them to a size that they can be sexed. The group I purchased last year in my local clubs BAP program took months and months before I new I didn’t just have females. They also have a reputation as being a hard fish to breed so I think people shy away from them.
I haven’t had a problem breeding them or raising fry but then I have only done a few species. I think very heavily planted tanks really help.
Posted on: 2010/11/23 22:29
Patrick ALA Member Grand Valley Aquarium Club Member Grand Rapids MI
Hello, I appreciate the help. I have never had issues bringing fish across the border at all. There mainly concerned that they're not indigenous and they won't threaten Eco systems. All the fish I keep don't survive snow up here anyways lol. My experience with brachys has led me to 20g long tanks jammed with hornwort to keep fry alive. They are notoriously big fry eaters but not difficult to spawn that I have found anyways. I hope I can come across some the species that I don't have.
Posted on: 2010/11/25 16:33
London Aquaria Society VP C.A.R.E.S. Member African Cichlids Fancy Swordtails + Wild Type Livebearers
I'll look in my tanks and see if I have any extra Brachyrhaphis holdridgei 'Caño Palma'. Maybe if I can't give you a pair, I can give you a female. We'll have to see. They would need a heavily planted tank, almost to the point of making it hard for the female to swim. They love to eat their own fry.