17 March 2012

Golden Bamboo Shrimp Has Arrived !

Our new batch of Golden coloured Bamboo Shrimp has arrived ! 
It's one of the most strikingly coloured shrimp to add as an addition in your freshwater tank. As well as having no claws or pincers, they rely on fan-like hands to trap microorganisms for food. They are normally found at filter outlets where there are strong currents to enable microorganisms to be trapped in their fans.
The words shiok is most easy to describe the feeling when you have them in your aquarium :)

Interested please come to visit our showroom :)

13 March 2012

CO2 Gas Tank (Co2 Cylinder)

Co2 Gas Tank for planted tank. 

The two basic requirements for  healthy aquarium plants are light and proper carbon dioxide (CO2) levels. Through a process called "photosynthesis", aquarium plants use light energy and CO2 to produce food necessary for a lush growth. As plants develop, they use up their existing supply of carbon dioxide. Installing a CO2 system is essential to prevent low CO2 levels and to maintain active plant growth in your aquarium.

17 February 2012

Cryptocoryne Balansae


Common Name:Cryptocoryne Balansae
Proper Name:Cryptocoryne crispatula 'Balansae'
Category:Rosette Plants
Temperature:20 - 28 C
PH:5.0 - 7.0
Lighting:Medium
Growth Rate:Medium
Difficulty:Easy
Origin:Thailand
Position in Aquascape:Mid-Ground,Background


Cryptocoryne Balansae is a very unique plants where the leaf can grow long with a special pattern. It's best to be used as a background plant. It's also a low maintenance plant which does not need any high requirements to grow. Highly recommended plant for a nature scape because it looks best in a nature scape aquarium design.

Rasbora Borapetensis




Family
Cyprinidae

Maximum Standard Length
Around 2"/5cm

Temperature
72 - 78°F/22 - 26°C

pH Range
6.0 - 7.5
    
Hardness
2 - 12°H

Diet

Stomach analyses of wild specimens have revealed it to be a micropredator feeding on small insects, worms, crustaceans and other zooplankton. In the aquarium it will accept dried foods of a suitable size but should not be fed these exclusively. Daily meals of small live and frozen fare such as Daphnia, Artemia and suchlike will result in the best colouration and encourage the fish to come into breeding condition.

Compatibility

This species is very peaceful indeed making it an ideal resident of the well-furnished community tank. As it places no special demands in terms of water chemistry it can be combined with many of the most popular fish in the hobby including other small cyprinids as well as tetras, livebearers, rainbowfish, anabantoids, catfish and loaches. As always when selecting a compatible community of fish thorough research is essential and its small adult size must be a consideration.

It's a schooling species by nature and really should be kept in a group of at least 8-10 specimens. Maintaining it in decent numbers will not only make the fish less nervous but will result in a more effective, natural-looking display. Males will also display their best colours as they compete with one other for female attention.

Echinodorus Tenellus




Common Name:Pygmy Chain Sword
Proper Name:Echinodorus tenellus
Category:Rosette Plants
Temperature:19 - 28 C
PH:5.0 - 7.5
Lighting:Medium
Growth Rate:Medium
Difficulty:Easy
Origin:Americas
Position in Aquascape:Mid-Ground,Foreground


Echinodorus Tennellus is a rather popular foreground plant used by many aquascaping hobbyist. It looks green and growth rate is very fast. Provided with a minimum requirement for this plant, it can grow well without much problem. It's very easy to use for scaping because it can grow on soil as well as sand. It looks really great when it's fully grown in the tank, you can see it's greenness, and we are sure your fish will love it. 

Bamboo Shrimp



                                  PH Range: 6.5 - 7.8                      Temperature Range: 70 - 78 F
                                  Hardness Range: 3 - 10 dkh          Life Span: 1 - 2 years
                                  Gestation Period: 30 days             Ideal pH: 7.2
                                  Ideal Temperature: 75 F                Ideal Hardness: 7 dkh
                                  Size: 2" - 3"                                 Diet: Filter Feeder

Overview

The Bamboo Shrimp is one of the most interesting shrimp in the hobby. It has several different names it is associated with including the Asian Filter Shrimp, Fan Shrimp, Wood Shrimp, and a few others. Bamboo Shrimp is one of the bigger size shrimp among others. Its looks stunning for the first sight because of the fancy hand of this shrimp.


Water Parameters

I highly suggest that you place a piece of wood, rock, or similar "platform" for the Bamboo Shrimp to sit in the current. If it is difficult for this species to be in the current it will tend to climb the filter tubes or even out of the aquarium. It will search out the source of the current if it is unable to feed. Please make sure that you are allowing this creature to feed properly. Since it does not feed on fish food you must accommodate its specific needs. If you see the shrimp sifting the bottom of the tank then that is an indicator that it is not properly feeding and action on your part is required.


Feeding

The "fans" of the Bamboo Shrimp are actually appendages that filter the current of outgoing filter water for microorganisms and/or particles of food. Since it filters the current you will most likely find this species sitting peacefully in the current with its fans spread out. If you observe the feeding behavior closely you will notice that it closes the fan, puts the closed fan next to the mouth and swipes it across the mouth as to sort of "lick" it. I will try to get an up-close shot of the mouth when this action occurs.


Coloration

The Bamboo Shrimp can assume many different colors, including red, tan, brown, and different shades of each. Some say that the coloration symbolizes the actual health of the species, but I disagree. I believe that the Bamboo Shrimp changes its coloration to blend in with its surroundings. Since the species must sit out in the open in the wild it would make sense that camouflage is required since they are sitting ducks for predators while feeding in streams. Also, perhaps the females may change colors to indicate that they are ready for mating. I will try to reach a conclusion on these theories.


Display

The Bamboo Shrimp is an enjoyable species and will spend most of its time out in the open, most likely in the current of water in the aquarium, filtering the current for food. Since this species spends most of the time out in the open fanning the current it is definitely a great "centerpiece" for an aquarium that you might want to have visitors look at. Its fans and interesting appearance will always intrigue guests and will spark conversation. It is extremely peaceful and can be shy if uncomfortable/unhealthy.

Nemacheilus Saravacensis


Family
Nemacheilidae

Maximum Standard Length
Unconfirmed but at least 40 - 50 mm. 

Minimum Tank Size
A tank with a base measuring 60 cm x 30 cm or more is recommended. 

Tank Setup
Not difficult to maintain under the correct conditions; we strongly recommend keeping it in a tank designed to resemble a flowing stream/river with a substrate of variably-sized rocks, sand, fine gravel and some large water-worn boulders. This can be further furnished with driftwood branches arranged to form a network of nooks, crannies and shaded spots.

Like many fishes that naturally inhabit running water it´s intolerant to accumulation of organic pollutants and requires spotless water in order to thrive. Though torrent-like conditions are unnecessary it does best if there is a high proportion of dissolved oxygen and decent water movement in the tank so a powerful external filter/powerhead or two should be added, and ideally a rivertank manifold installed to provide unidirectional flow. While the majority of aquatic plants will fail to thrive in such surroundings hardy types such as Java fern, Bolbitis or Anubias spp. can be grown attached to the décor. Weekly water changes of 30-50% tank volume should be considered routine. 

Temperature
73 - 79°F /23 - 26°C 

pH Range
4.5 - 7.0 

Hardness
1 - 10°H 

Diet
Nemacheilus species are omnivorous although the bulk of their diet consists of small insects, worms, crustaceans and other zooplankton with only relatively small amounts of plant matter consumed. In the aquarium they will accept dried foods of a suitable size but should not be fed these exclusively. Daily meals of small live and frozen fare such as Daphnia, Artemia, bloodworm, etc. will result in the best colouration and condition. 

Compatibility

Fishes which inhabit similar biotopes in nature, especially those which swim in open water such as Danio, Devario, Mystacoleucus, smaller Barilius plus some Puntius and Rasbora species constitute the best options, and one or two decent-sized schools can make a visible difference to the confidence of this naturally reclusive loach. Other possibilities include balitorids like Gastromyzon, Pseudogastromyzon, Beaufortia and Sewellia plus Crossocheilus and Garra species. Similarly-shaped relatives such as other Nemacheilus, Acanthocobitis and Schistura spp. are not really recommended although a combination may work in larger aquaria.

This species is peaceful with conspecifics and seems to appreciate being maintained in a group. The purchase of four or more specimens is highly recommended.

17 January 2012

Java Fern


Common Name:Java Fern
Proper Name:Microsorum pteropus
Category:Ferns and Mosses
Temperature:18 - 30 C
PH:5.0 - 8.0
Lighting:Very Low
Growth Rate:Slow
Difficulty:Very Easy
Origin:Southeast Asia
Position in Aquascape:Mid-Ground

Java Fern is one of the most popular aquatic plants where the leaves grow naturally and it's specialty is where it can be attached and grown on driftwood. It's also a low maintenance plant because it's does not require high lights. With cooler water, it can grow faster and have a lush growth. 


Christmas Moss



Common Name:Christmass moss
Proper Name:Vesicularia montagne
Category:Ferns and Mosses
Temperature:15 - 28 C
PH:5.5-9
Lighting:High
Growth Rate:Medium
Difficulty:Medium


Christmas Moss is one of the natural looking plants where it can grow really well with proper conditions. Alike any other types of mosses, it can be tied on driftwood or a wire mesh, with your creativity, it will be a really nice looking plant once a dense, lush growth is reached.

Leaf Fish



RM 10 per/pcs

Classification / Names 
Asian Leaf Fishes 

Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 12.0 cm TL male/unsexed; common length : 6.0 cm SL male/unsexed; 

EnvironmentFreshwater; brackish; pH range: 7.0

Temperature22°C - 26°C 

Feeding 
Live fish and other live foods

Leaf Fish is a very cool predator fish where its body shape looks very sharp especially the sail fin looks very different from other fish. It's most excited when feeding this fish because they can swallow almost half of its size small fish. You will never believe how fast and how powerful is this fish is. Get it, believe it !

Blyxa Japonica

  

Common Name: Blyxa Japonica
Proper Name: Blyxa Japonica
Category: Stem Plants
Temperature: 22 - 28 C
PH: 5.0 - 7.5
Lighting: Medium
Growth Rate: Medium
Difficulty: Medium
Origin: Asia
Position in Aquascape: Mid-Ground


Blyxa Japonica is not too difficult to grow if its basic requirements are met. If conditions are to its liking and lighting is intense, the leaves of B. japonica will develop golden and reddish hues and the plants will exhibit more compact growth. If it does not receive enough lighting, however, B. japonica will become taller, lankier, and greener. This plant produces an impressive root system and appreciates a nutritious substrate. If phosphate levels are kept high (1-2 ppm), this species will continuously produce small white flowers on long, thin stalks.

14 January 2012

Horse Face Loach


The most special part of this loach is that it will suck sand into the mouth and filter it and come out from the gills.  



Scientific name: Acantopsis Molobrion

Common name: Horse Faced/Long Nosed Loach.

Sexual Dimorphism: Females are generally larger with a larger abdominal area. Females may also have a more reddish color, with the males showing more silver/grey - in mature specimens.

Maximum size: 8 Inches (20cm)

Care: This species is an active burrower when at rest and escaping from the company of others. This species also tends to search for buried foods. The aquarium substrate MUST be fine-grained and smooth round-edged. Preferable is sand. It should also be deep enough to allow larger specimens sufficient space to bury themselves. Plants can be uprooted as a result of these species burrowing activities. When juvenile, they are more visible. As they mature these loaches become more crespuscular/nocturnal.

Feeding: Most foods accepted. Commercial sinking formulations and bottom-dwelling live-foods. Frozen foods such as Bloodworms and/or brine shrimp. These loaches often filter foods through their gills when kept in a aquarium with sand as a substrate.

Water parameters: Ph: 6-7 (6.5) Hardness: Max dh: 1-12

Temperature: 77-84°F (25-29°C)

Loach


Scientific Name: Pangio shelfordii

Common name: Calico Kuhli Loach, Leopard Kuhli Loach, Shelford's Loach, Shelford's Prickly Eye, Spotted Eel Loach, Spotted Kuhli Loach.


Synonyms: Acanthophthalmus shelfordi, Acanthophthalmus muraeniformis
 
Distribution: Southern Malay Peninsula and Indonesia.


Sexual Dimorphism: Females probably noticeably plumper when loaded with eggs like other Pangio species.

Maximum size: 3 inches (8cm)

Care: All kuhlis need well-established aquaria and should not be considered for newly set up tanks. This is one of the cool water kuhlis and will begin to experience discomfort at temperatures above 79°F (26°C). This fish likes a soft substrate with lots of hiding places and plants. Best kept in groups, the larger the better. Three fish is the absolute minimum that should be kept together.
Feeding: Easily fed. Accepts good quality flake, sinking pellets, thawed frozen Bloodworm, Mysis Shrimp, Brine Shrimp, etc.

Water parameters: pH: 6.0-5.5 Hardness: Soft

Temperature: 72 ºF to 77 ºF (22 - 25 °C)

Borneo Sucker (Gastromyzon Scitulus)




Scientific Name: Gastromyzon scitulus

Maximum size: 2 inches

Care: Inhabit fast flowing streams over boulders. Aquarium must duplicate these conditions as fish have very high oxygen requirements.

With all Gastromyzon species, care is broadly the same. All need excellent water-flow and aeration, numerous rocky hiding places and smooth pebbles and boulders to graze over. Lighting should be bright to encourage algal growth in the aquarium. Plants are not necessary as the fish do not normally encounter them in the wild, but they will help with water-quality. Suitable plants for high-flow environments are Anubias and Microsoreum. These will grow on rockwork or driftwood.

Feeding: Good quality flake, sinking pellets, algae wafers, thawed frozen Bloodworm, Mysis Shrimp, blanched Spinach, Kale, natural algae an advantage.

Red Cherry Shrimp



Overview

The Red Cherry Shrimp is the most popular shrimp in the hobby due to it is easy to breed as well as their ability to live in many different water parameters. Most aquascaping hobbyists keep this species because of it easy requirements and also learn about dwarf shrimp in general. Once acquiring experience in the hobby through keeping the Red Cherry Shrimp most hobbyists move on to the more difficult species like Tiger Shrimp and Crystal Red Shrimp. Other names for this species is Cherry Shrimp, Cherry Red Shrimp and the acronym R.C.S. means simply Red Cherry Shrimp (RCS). 

The Beginner Shrimp

I highly recommend that any newcomer to the freshwater aquarium shrimp hobby start off with the Red Cherry Shrimp. I start with this shrimp as well. This shrimp will teach you a lot, and mistakes causing shrimp deaths can be overcome due to their ability to readily breed. You also don’t want to make a mistake with another more expensive species. Red Cherry Shrimp are the least expensive shrimp in the hobby. It's very easy to keep and very minimum requirement is needed.

Dwarf Hairgrass



Common Name:Dwarf Hair Grass


Category:Rosette Plants
Temperature:15 - 30 C
PH:5.0 - 7.5
Lighting:Medium
Growth Rate:Fast
Difficulty:Medium
Origin:Cosmopolitan
Position in Aquascape:Foreground

Dwarf Hairgrass is one of the popular aquatic foreground plant that use by many aquascaping hobbyist. It is because there are beautiful and looks nature, exactly like the grass outside your house but its in mini form. Most of the people plant it in Iwagumi Aquascaping style, which looks simple and nice.