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
Growth Rate:Medium
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


Maximum Standard Length
Around 2"/5cm

72 - 78°F/22 - 26°C

pH Range
6.0 - 7.5
2 - 12°H


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.


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
Growth Rate:Medium
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


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.


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.


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.


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


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 d├ęcor. Weekly water changes of 30-50% tank volume should be considered routine. 

73 - 79°F /23 - 26°C 

pH Range
4.5 - 7.0 

1 - 10°H 

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. 


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.