"Hingemouth" Phractolaemus ansorgii

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  1. Kattz

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    Does anyone know something about this fish, or have any experience in keeping them?

    I heard about them while reading the article that Viskop posted in their thread "The Polypterus and the cat..." (I suggest you have a look - the quote is very cute!) http://www.tropicalaquarium.co.za/showthread.php?7789-Indigionous-aquatic-plants-I-am-very-frustrated-now!
    It was mentioned as coming from the same natural habitat has the Polypterus senegalus, although the article called it an "African Mud Fish", a less common common name for it it seems.

    I have a love for the oddball fish. I got even more excited when I read on wikipedia artile:
    The hingemouth, Phractolaemus ansorgii, is a small freshwater fish that is found only in west central Africa, the sole member of the family Phractolaemidae.
    The mouth can extend like a small trunk, thus the name, and has just two teeth, both in the lower jaw. The swim bladder has two compartments, and can function as a lung, allowing the hingemouth to survive in oxygen-poor environments.

    That is all it had to say on it, however.

    So far I have found out these links:
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    See here for other photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8908148@N08/5261478398/
    One brief personal account of keeping them:
    http://www.fishforums.net/index.php?/topic/93999-phractolaemus-ansorgii/
    One brief summary:
    http://www.fishbase.org/summary/speciessummary.php?id=5226
    Summary of their distribution (map included), habitat and conservation :
    http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/181936/0
    (Yay they are listed as "least concern"!)
     
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  3. Nirv

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    Looks very cute, and like such a mix of anabantids and polypterus!
     
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    very interesting
     
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    Can we get this fish is SA, as i wudnt mine having a few, they look so weird.
     
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    Kattz

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    Thanks mxz for the link :)

    I'd also like to know if they are available in South Africa. I doubt it though - there doesn't seem to be too much interest in them internationally and that's usually a sign that they won't be imported here unless via online order.
     
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    Maybe get in touch with one of the sponsors and see what they can do for you.
     
  9. Altum

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    I hope to have an experimental batch of ODDBALL African fish within next 2-3 weeks !!!
    Some Cameroon, Gabon, Nigerian , Congo species....

    Anybody interested could drop me a PM, with their possible PreOrder for Phractolaemus ansorgii
     
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    bump!

    Our Africa ODDBALL shipment has been cleared for sale!

    I have a few Phractolaemus ansorgii
    These fish are COOL and WEIRD at the same time.

    Anybody interested should drop me a PM
     
  11. Hendre

    Hendre Polypterus freak

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    Can I bump this up. Would anyone get these again?
     
  12. Reedfish

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    Never seen them here in the UK.
     
  13. Hendre

    Hendre Polypterus freak

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    They have been imported to SA, I'm just wondering if @Altum ever got more in.
     
  14. Altum

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    I got in some for a specific project , and had a few to spare as hobby sales.

    I found them very fascinating and would get them in again , if there was a direct demand

    PM for email,and for me to follow up
     
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  15. Hendre

    Hendre Polypterus freak

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    I have second thoughts given their feeding habits, and the price would probably be a bit as well?
     
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    Acclimate well to sinking and frozen food eg Daphnia, blood wormn artemia , and good quality omnivorous granulate

    They have small mouthsize
    For an oddball species, rarely available, price is less than some Polypterus.

    Expect to sell Around R300 ea
     

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