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2 months 1 week ago #6248 by Mol_​PMB
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Today I was at Pier Aquat­ics (Wigan, UK) and unusu­ally they had a tank of Paros.
On the tank they were just labelled Liquorice Gourami, but I asked Rachel to check what species they were. Appar­ently they came in on a direct import from Thai­land about 6 weeks ago, and were listed by the sup­plier as P.paludicola.

There were about 40 fish in the tank, but many were in poor con­di­tion. I bought six, try­ing to avoid the skin­ni­est ones. They are now set­tling into one of my acidic tanks with a buf­fet of live foods on offer and I have seen sev­eral of them out hunt­ing morsels.

They were an unplanned pur­chase so they’re cur­rently shar­ing a tank with half a dozen Poe­cilocharax weitz­mani of sim­i­lar size and require­ments.

I have attached the three rea­son­able pho­tos that I have man­aged since bring­ing them home a few hours ago (show­ing two dif­fer­ent fish).

I’m not an expert on these, though I have kept one pair of Paros before. Per­haps I will need to feed them up and let them set­tle in a bit more before we can be sure of the iden­tity?

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Paul
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2 months 1 week ago #6249 by parosphr
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The mid­dle photo to me looks like palu­di­cola all right. The other two pho­tos are not pos­si­ble to id.
Palu­di­cola also is a species where it makes sense with the import from Thai­land as their nat­ural habi­tat is in the very north of Malaysia bor­der­ing to the South of Thai­land. They do look thin and not too good. Please be care­ful pro­vid­ing good water qual­ity ? and good food. Sounds like you are doing that. Palu­di­cola is very very rarely in Trade.

Many kind regards Helene, web­mas­ter at P-​P

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2 months 1 week ago #6250 by Mol_​PMB
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Helene ,
Many thanks for the quick response. I’ll take the best care of them I can — although I could see that they were thin I thought it was bet­ter to try and save them than to leave them to starve in the shop (where they were being ‘fed’ with pel­let food).
The tank they are in has a con­duc­tiv­ity of 10us/​cm and a pH about 5.0, it’s been run­ning very sta­ble as an acidic tank for sev­eral years. Foods offered so far include grindal­worms, moina, daph­nia and some other small crit­ters from a tub in the gar­den.
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Paul

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2 months 1 week ago #6251 by parosphr
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That Sounds really good, yes, would have been quite an ordeal for Them so long time with no proper food.
I have told some­one Else who lives in the area who might go check it out too. Are you in our face­book­group ? Would be worth writ­ing it there too

Many kind regards Helene, web­mas­ter at P-​P

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2 months 1 week ago #6252 by Mol_​PMB
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Thanks Helene. I’m not on Face­book at all, but feel free to re-​post the info there.
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Paul

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2 months 5 days ago #6253 by Mol_​PMB
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Here are a few more pho­tos of the new acqui­si­tions, taken yes­ter­day and this morn­ing. Sorry for the qual­ity but as you know they are shy fish.


One of the better-​looking ones (still rather skinny and less than 20mmTL) often seems to patrol around under the float­ing plants near the sur­face.

The oth­ers usu­ally pre­fer the lower lev­els of the tank among the leaves and seed-​cases there. I haven’t seen any inter­ac­tions between them and the equally shy and sen­si­tive weitz­mani tetras in the same tank; hope­fully there are enough hid­ing places for every­one. Hope­fully the paros will eat and get stronger.

My pre­vi­ous suc­cess rate with Paros is a slightly dis­ap­point­ing 50%. I bought a pair about 18 months ago, but lost the female fairly quickly. In ret­ro­spect I wish I had bought a big­ger group. The male is still with me, though I don’t see him often. I man­aged the fol­low­ing photo this morn­ing:

He is a dif­fer­ent species, of course, so I’m keep­ing them sep­a­rate. See­ing him has made me realise quite how small and skinny the new P.paludicola are. Some of the live foods I have offered (e.g. daph­nia) are too big for them, but hope­fully the grindal­worms and moina will be palat­able.

Hope­fully I can nurse the new P.paludicola back to health. Once they’re healthy then I would con­sider pass­ing them over to a more expe­ri­enced Parosphre­menus breeder, given their rar­ity.

I also hope that some­one else in the project will be able to acquire and save some more of this import.

Regards,
Paul
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