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Gregory Day is a person who can only be described as a 'fish freak'. He is absolutely in love with all of the wonderful rare, interesting and unusual species which are becoming more and more available to the UK hobby by the day. He keeps several highly sought after species including P13 and P14 stingrays, golden Arowana, wild Heckel discus and several others as well as these captivating wild Parancistrus Aurantiacus which originate from the Rio Araguaia, Brazil. Below are photo's of the actual parent fish submitted by popular discus fish retailer Matthew Boardman of Manchester Discus, whom Gregory purchased the fish from thanks to Francis Hu at Chens Discus who imported 2 pairs (both taken by Gregory).
Gregory feeds all of his fish with C.E. Fish Essentials foods and varying dried foods. He finds that his Parancistrus Aurantiacus also enjoy stealing C.E. Discus Professional food from his discus fish and reject foods such as courgette. The ideal food for this species is C.E. Pleco Carnivore.
In the photo (above left)you see the male Parancistrus Aurantiacus guarding the fry. The photo (above right) shows how the caves are situated in the aquarium. interestingly these fish chose to breed in a higher cave on top of another. Previously, the male had also rejected some of the eggs which Gregory was able to save (see below). The fry are currently housed in an egg tumbler device which Gregory had to improvise and the first few fry have begun to hatch.
26th April 2013
We have uploaded a video to the C.E. Fish Essentials Youtube account to document this wonderful achievement by Gregory and would like to wish him the very best of luck! Congratulations from us here at C.E. Fish Essentials.
8 fry saved by Gregory are all doing well.
No fry found in the cave.
25 days old
45 days old
72 days old
Alex Carslaw is without doubt the U.K's most dedicated Rainbowfish enthusiast, award-winning in fact and has made it his passion to become a significant contributor in the field in hope of preserving both their keeping in the aquarium hobby and in many cases stabilising a future for several species of these graceful, diverse and unbelievably underestimated fish.
His story is as follows;
"As a young lad I remember pestering my father to go visit my uncle who had a tropical fish tank. I was amazed at the Angelfish and neons he used to keep and would jump at the chance to feed them. I was hooked! It wasn’t until I met my now wife did my passion really kick off. Her dad owned a pet shop in Glasgow down by the “Barra’s”. Soon it became an obsession. We joined the local fish club, Cumbernauld & District Aquarist society and it wasn’t long before we got more involved in the running of the club. Around 1989 I started working for a Tropical fish wholesaler in Glasgow where I had the pleasure of meeting a man who I soon realised was to teach me lots, stuff the books cant teach you, Mr Cliff Murray Snr was his name. It was here I first got my eyes on Rainbowfish, A massive tank of Melanotaenia boesemani. I still think of them when I look at some of the lesser specimens we now see today and sigh. Today, I now have my own little man-cave as I call it, 28 tanks in my purpose built fish house at the bottom of my garden. I currently keep around 18 species of Rainbowfish and Blue-eyes and to date I have bred 30 species and hopefully now with the support of great company I can continue to breed and distribute many fish we now sadly have lost in the wild".
Alex's collection features several different Rainbowfish genera and some wonderfully rare, unique and endangered species.
Glossolepis pseudoincisus (Tami River) Melanotaenia praecox
Melanotaenia herbertaxelrodi The critically endangered: Chilatherina sentaniensis
Endangered: Melanotaenia lacustris (Kutubu Lake) - Melanotaenia sp. "Aru II"
Melanotaenia parkinsoni Melanotaenia maccullochi
Melanotaenia trifasciata (Goyder River) Melanotaenia kamaka (Lake Kamaka)
Here are Alex's thoughts on why he chose to approach us;
"I first became aware of C.E. Fish Essentials on a visit to London to take in the 2012 "Aquatics Live" show, in particular to attend a lecture by Rainbowfish collector, Heiko Bleher. I really liked the look of the product, but was unable to take any as I was on a break. I was lucky enough a few months later to be chosen to test the Community Plus formula on my fish and decided to test it on my group of Chilatherina sentaniensis. At first my fish seemed a bit unsure but I soon realised that by grating the product into flakes it was 'more than readily' accepted. This is part of the appeal of this food that it can be served up in different ways to appeal to the palette of different fish. I first noticed a difference in the colour of my fish after around 2 months, my fish were like gold bars instead of orange. To be given sponsorship and support from C.E. Fish Essentials is a dream come true for me. I visit clubs all over the UK to give talks and presentations on my passion for Rainbowfishes and now with the support I have I feel I can do it better and with more confidence. All my fish will now be given the Community Plus product as a staple diet and I'm confident I will soon see the rewards in my fish and the future generations that will follow them".
The need for individuals such as Alex (and others) to propagate and increase the numbers in captivity of some of these species is vital for the survival of these fish, as some are no longer found in the wild. Many Rainbowfish habitats have already (and are continuing to be) destroyed or polluted even before they have been explored or assessed and so our support of Alex is a cry to the aquatic community to come together and make changes. If you organise events within the aquatic community, if you want to become involved in the conservation and/or keeping of Rainbowfish or if you are able to support the work being done by people like Alex;
Please make contact: Rainbowfish UK Website | Alex's Facebook | Rainbowfish UK on Facebook
In an attempt to increase their popularity in the hobby (and preserve some critically endangered species in the process), Alex is already lined up to speak at several national and international events this year including the West Lothian Aquarist Society, The Kirkaldy Aquarist Society as well as being invited to give a talk early next year at the Catfish Study Group Convention 2015.
This afternoon, Alex Carslaw, undoubtedly the UK's most dedicated keeper, breeder & conservationist of Melanotaeniidae (Rainbowfish to you & I) hosted his first official sponsored lecture about the husbandry of these wonderful genera at the West Lothian Aquarist Society. Attendees had the opportunity to grasp a better understanding of breeding methods used by Alex and how to successfully propagate these attractive fish (some for the good of their species survival).
The members of the West Lothian Aquarist Society
Alex's lecture at the W.L.A.S was well attended
Alex's work, whether his hours upon hours investing time & money with his fish, or researching, learning and teaching others about the wonderful Rainbowfish of the world, helps to keep an awareness of the need for the future of many rainbowfish to be protected. Some of these species originate from single lakes in what are now 'developing areas' and hence being destroyed, polluted or filled with invasive species which are outcompeting or even predating upon these pressurised populations. For some of these fish, their propagation within the aquarium hobby is there only chance to remain on earth...
Great work Alex!
Attendees of Alex's lecture all received FREE 10% off vouchers on all C.E. Fish Essentials products
Alex feeds all of his fish with our Community Plus formula
Photography: Sharon Johnston © (https://www.facebook.com/ZionAngelPhotography)
Located in Glasgow’s busy Darnley area, George Funkner's fishroom is a haven for all things aquatic, killifish in particular. With 260 tanks, yes, 260 ! George is kept well busy in a fish house that far outnumbers any aquatic retailer you will find in this fine city. On the approach to George’s place you could be forgiven for thinking you have made a wrong turn, it is situated at the back of some retail/workshop units. Once inside you will be gobsmacked, it’s an Aladdin’s cave as I like to call it. Measuring some 300 ft² and the main room is crammed floor to ceiling with tanks.
Set off the main room, George has a nice big area where he can prepare and receive shipments to send to hobbyists worldwide. I jokingly asked him when he is going to fill this room also, to which he pointed me in the direction of a large shipment of new shelving. Soon, it looks like the 260 will become 400! Total dedication from a man who really knows his stuff.
George’s tanks are filtered using various methods and all connect to a single main air ring fed from some pretty big air blowers. The room is space heated and one thing I did notice was the lack of condensation which is probably down to the tight fitting tank covers of the 'sometimes suicidal' Killifish.
George has been keeping fish since 1982 and in this time has bred nearly 900 species of fish from the humble guppy to the more tricky African killifish like Aphyosemion wildekampi. Looking into each tank it’s clear to see George’s success, with many hosting fry, sub-adult and adult fish all within the same perfectly decorated and leaf strewn tank. George supplies many people from all over the world with the eggs of some of the rarest Killifish you will find and this allows funding for George’s many collecting trips to the likes of Bolivia, from where he has only just returned bringing with him many new and undescribed species of fish. Here are just a few of his wonderful collection.
I always look forward to visiting George as here you will find fish you will not see very often if at all. Always with a smile on his face, George has no problems explaining his methods and success’s to which he has many. A true gent, a good friend and a fantastic aquarist.
Written by: Alex Carslaw - Editor: Chris Englezou
Photography: George Funkner © & Alex Carslaw ©
1 Fish Selection
Photography: Alex Carslaw ©
Betta macrostoma Betta mandor
In Scotland a license is required to keep Channa species and one can be obtained for free from Scottish Natural Heritage. It wasn’t long before the conversation turned to Bettas, and boy does this guy know about Bettas. Colin maintains and breeds some species like Betta renata, B. stigmosa, B. kuehnei,and as yet undescribed Betta species. You won’t find these fish in many (if any) other fish houses in the UK.
Written by: Alex Carslaw
Editor: Chris Englezou
Here is a little about Chens Discus fom the face of the company Francis Hu.
Francis Hu (left) Chris Englezou (Right)
"My brother and myself started keeping tropical fish when we were kids and moved on to discus in 1995. We had a few Red Turquoise and Blue Turquoise. Started breeding them a year later and after a lot of unsuccessful attempts succeded in getting a batch of young fry that eventually did not survive. Finally, learning from past mistakes, we successfully bred and raised some beautiful discus fish. We at Chen’s Discus stock more than 700 discus fish starting from 2.5 inch to 7 inch and between 15-25 different strains at any time. We specialise in breeding pairs and we take pride to ensure that our stocks are of the best quality, both in shape and colour. Our main aim of starting Chen’s Discus is to supply new strains and quality discus fish to local breeders and discus hobbist. We pride in supplying quality discus and even guarantee that each and every fish is personally selected by us before we send them to you. Even better, we encourage customers to come and hand pick the discus of their choice. Most fish available are imported from Malaysia and Indonesia"
Francis feeds approximately 6+ kilos a day to his extensive collection of fish and this is spread out over the day into approximately 3+ feeds. The fish feed aggressively and grow at a fast rate as a result of regular feeding and the hard work put in to change very large amounts of water on a daily basis.
Chen's Discus also stock a generous number of breeding pairs, all of incredible quality and snapped up very quickly!
Chens Discus can be contacted via their website here.
Chris Lee - Discus - 10 weeks old - feeding with Discus Professional
Steven Chester - Discus - 4 weeks old - feeding with Discus Pro-Lite
Pino Paolino - Discus - 24 days old - feeding with Discus Wildheart
Peris Kotsiropoulos - Discus - 5 weeks & 4½ months - feeding with Discus Wildheart
Gregory Day - Pleco - 8 days & 25 days - feeding with Pleco Herbivore
Thanasis Papachristo - Discus - 6 months & 8½ months - feeding with Discus Professional
Karl Pohlen - Discus - 18 days and 16 weeks old - feeding with Discus Professional
Carlos Asparrasa - Discus - 8 weeks old - feeding with Discus Professional
Patrik Wihlborg - Discus - 3 months old & 6 months old - feeding with Discus Wildheart