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PostSubject: Aspidoras spilotus.    Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:14 pm

Here is something different!  

Aspidoras is a genus in the family Callichthyidae, which means they are close relatives of Corydoras.  Aspidoras are smaller and more slender than Corydoras; even smaller than the so-called pygmy corys.  At this time, there are 26 scientifically identified species of Aspidoras.  

Last night, I bid successfully on a lot of 8 baby Aspidoras spilotus.  
They are tiny at 20mm but will grow to about twice that size.  

 
A. spilotus


A. spilotus  

Once they get settled in the tank, I will take more pictures.
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PostSubject: Re: Aspidoras spilotus.    Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:43 am

Very nice.
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PostSubject: Re: Aspidoras spilotus.    Fri Jul 25, 2014 12:18 pm

very nice and good to know more about them -- thanks, Steve

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PostSubject: Re: Aspidoras spilotus.    Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:02 pm

Thanks. Very Happy  They spent a great night in the aquarium.  
This morning, they were looking good and not pale anymore.  After many tries, here is a better pic -
 

Compare to corys -
 

The cory trilineatus, shown, is one of the smaller corys.  The A. spilotus in the foreground will grow to about 45mm, or 1½", but remain slender.  (That's a C. cf. aeneus on the left.)   
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PostSubject: Re: Aspidoras spilotus.    Sat Jul 26, 2014 5:35 pm

Neat fish... Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Aspidoras spilotus.    Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:38 am

Thanks, Johnny. Very Happy  They are a great addition to this community.  

Watching them interact, I realized that eight ISN'T enough *lol* (remember that show?) so, I contacted the seller to see if he has any more for sale, and he does.  A shipment went out yesterday.  

A big thanks goes to member verbal (Jesse) for helping out with this and setting up the initial contact.

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PostSubject: Re: Aspidoras spilotus.    Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:47 pm

Grats! They are very neat addition to your community tank Smile.
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PostSubject: Re: Aspidoras spilotus.    Fri Aug 15, 2014 12:02 am

Deb wrote:
Thanks, Johnny. Very Happy  They are a great addition to this community.  

Watching them interact, I realized that eight ISN'T enough *lol* (remember that show?) so, I contacted the seller to see if he has any more for sale, and he does.  A shipment went out yesterday.  

A big thanks goes to member verbal (Jesse) for helping out with this and setting up the initial contact.

Yep, I remember that show. They had a full house. There was always something going. It sounds like you are enjoying viewing your tank too. There are so many niches in this hobby and they all are fun... Hello

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PostSubject: Re: Aspidoras spilotus.    Fri Sep 12, 2014 11:29 am

Deb how are the aspidoras doing? Have you noticed anything different with the way they behave compared to the corydoras?

I miss my aspidoras albaters Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Aspidoras spilotus.    Sat Sep 13, 2014 8:10 pm

Ben wrote:
Deb how are the aspidoras doing?  Have you noticed anything different with the way they behave compared to the corydoras?  
I miss my aspidoras albaters Sad
 
Ben, they are doing very well!  I think they behave about the same as C. habrosus, but appear to be healthier and hardier than the pygmy corys I have seen (and kept) in recent years.  

My aspidoras are always looking for food, so it's fun to watch them.  They will eat anything and are not particularly shy unless you startle them.  They are interested in everything.  Today, when I was changing the water one of them swam into the python!  He got halfway up the tube and then changed his mind and swam out.  

What happened to your albaters? (I forget if you gave them away or what.)

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PostSubject: Re: Aspidoras spilotus.    Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:02 pm

I noticed mine were never bothered by me which was nice because they were in a tank in my bedroom. Mine used to swim into the python as well! I had the tank over filtered and they would play in the current. Mine spawned a few times on the lip of the filter.

Sadly I gave them to a good friend when i was downsizing along with the whole setup and what endlers I had left. I contacted him recently and he no longer has any left. I don't think he kept up with the tank like he was supposed to.
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PostSubject: Re: Aspidoras spilotus.    Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:30 pm

Another thing I like about the Aspidoras is the way they swim up into the water column to eat.  I've seen them do this on occasion.  Most corys eat from the bottom, or from surfaces, and a few will swim to the top to eat floating food from the water surface, but I haven't seen this kind of mid-water eating from a cory or cory relative before.  The Aspidoras are always surprising me.Very Happy

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