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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 4:09 pm Post subject: Psilorhyncus species in a Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 All  of  the  past  decade  and  a  half  that  I  have  been  maintaining  planted  aquaria,
 algae  eaters  were  always  an  essential  requirement  in  the  tank.
 
 Siamese  Algae  Eater  (SAE)  was  the  hot  favourite  in  the  initial  days.
 The  Indian  flying  fox  was  the  impersonator.  
 My  contemporaries  will  remember  the  various  characteristics  we  compared  to  distinguish  the  two.
 
 Later  on  came  a  few  others,  the  beautiful  Otocinclus  affinis  to  the  Anistrcus  sp  or  bristle  nose,  Florida  Flag  fish  and  the  Whiptail  catfish,
 to  the  Yamato  shrimp  and  all  others  which  were  -  each  one  of  them  -  a  must  have  in  the  planted  aquarium  for  the  die  hard
 Aquatic  gardener.
 While  all  except  for  the  Indian  flying  fox  did  their  job  to  the  extent  they  were  capable  we  or  I  for  one  never  could  see  
 them  actually  eat  away  algae.
 
 Now,  for  the  past  week,  I  have  been  mesmerised  by  a  fish  turn  a  black  algae  coated  leaf  bright  green  in  a  matter  of  minutes.
 
 Such  a  result  is  something  I  have  never  seen  ever  before  with  my  own  eyes.
 
 Thanks  to  Nikhil  Sood  who  promised  me  an  algae  eater  from  the  north  east  of  India  named  Psilorhyncus  balitora  -
 Nikhil  called  this  fish  the  "Indian  Otto",  and  after  further  talk  Nikhil  told  me  he  had  another  unidentified  fish  with  him  also  from  the  North  East,
 I  asked  for  a  few  of  both.
 
 A  week  ago  Nikhil  brought  me  4  Psilorhyncus  balitora  and  another  9  of  an  unknown  fish.
 These  9  have  since  been  IDed  as  a  Psilorhyncus  sp.  Pending  Beta  complete  the  ID.
 
 My  personal  experience  with  these  two  species  is  more  than  pleasant.
 The  Ps.  balitora  does  it's  job.  I  mostly  see  it  on  the  gravel  scraping  away  at  the  algae  and  moving  on  to  the  rocks  at  other  times,
 It  is  the  unidentified  Psilorhyncus  sp.  that  has  been  a  revelation.
 
 The  tank  is  at  ambient  open  top  Bangalore  temperature  of  23  Deg  C.
 The  water  movement  is  no  where  near  a  fast  flowing  NE  India  mountain  stream  (  the  fish  definitely  have  the  adaptation  for  fast  flowing  waters).
 Of  the  9  one  jumped  out  but  the  remaining  8  are  on  the  job  always.  They  come  into  their  own  at  night  especially.
 
 These  fish  are  not  easily  available,  but  if  you  do  lay  your  hands  on  them  keep  them  well  !
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 4:49 pm Post subject: Re: Psilorhyncus species in a Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 Here  is  a  pic  Nikhil  posted  on  facebook.  
 [img]http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=1274566&g2_imageViewsIndex=1[/img]
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 5:24 pm Post subject: Re: Psilorhyncus species in a Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 Wow.  Yes  will  definitely  keep  a  watch  for  these  now.  Thanks  Madan.   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:14 pm Post subject: Re: Psilorhyncus species in a Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 Sir,  Is  there  any  possibility  of  breeding  them  for  the  lesser  mortals  who  could  not  lay  their  hands  easily  on  them
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 3:25 pm Post subject: Re: Psilorhyncus species in a Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 lovely!!  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 1:45 pm Post subject: Re: Psilorhyncus species in a Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 Where  is  the  picture?  I  cant  link  the  picture?  Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 1:56 pm Post subject: Re: Psilorhyncus species in a Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 Wow.  Would  be  an  interesting  introduction  to  a  "high  flow"  planted  tank.  
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 2:35 pm Post subject: Re: Psilorhyncus species in a Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 I  don't  think  a  high  flow  planted  tank  is  necessary.
 The  regular  filter  flow  in  a  planted  tank  seems  enough.  They  prefer  to  be  all  over  the  tank.
 Single  minded  purpose  nibble  at  algae.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2014 3:28 pm Post subject: Re: Psilorhyncus species in a Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 Thats  cool  to  know   Thumb Up  ,  I  was  seeing  Beta's  videos  sometime  back.  Looks  like  a  very  dedicated  fish.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:41 am Post subject: Re: Psilorhyncus species in a Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 Now  a  days  catching  hold  of  Nikhil  is  a  bigger  problem  than  this  fish.  Nikhil......  Please  do  get  few  for  us  paaavam  hobbyist   Smile   Smile  .
 Thanks  a  lot  Madan  for  posting  this  info.  Its  time  we  indians  use  our  resources  rather  than  shelling  out  money  and  time  on  ottos.  One  question  which  out  of  the  two  did  you  find  more  use  ful  .The  un  ided  one  or  the  balitora?  So  that  if  at  all  i  get  sucessful  in  contacting  the  elusive  Nikhil  i  can  ask  for  the  right  one  Chuckle
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 6:44 pm Post subject: Re: Psilorhyncus species in a Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 What  is  their  average  size  ?  Very  interesting  fish  for  sure  !
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:21 pm Post subject: Re: Psilorhyncus species in a Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 Madan,  just  remembered  to  ask.  Are  these  snacking  on  moss  as  well?
 and  what  about  hair  algae?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 8:33 am Post subject: Re: Psilorhyncus species in a Planted Aquarium Reply with quote

 BTW  could  yours  be  this  one?
 http://www.aquatic-photography.com/forum/showthread.php?17073-Psilorhynchus-sucatio
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