Uaru fernandezyepezi

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    Went to a fish shop on the weekend that specialises in oddballs and rare fish.
    They had a few of these Uarus. One of my Holy Grails

    Was so tempted.
    But the price put me off - £160 (R3,500) each
    And also, they are very sensitive to water conditions, and for them to thrive, need Discus treatment. Not keen to go back to multiple water changes a week etc.

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    Wow, looks great.

    If I was not mistaken people used to call these a few years back "the poor man's Discus".

    Would't mind owning one, but @ that price I will not even try :amazed:
     
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    @Ortega,

    There are two species
    Uaru amphiacanthoides is fairly common and not too expensive if you buy them small
    I have had these in the past. Would be tempted to try them again, but I have read that they can be tempted to pick the slime off a lung fish. Not taking a chance.
     
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    Aaah, I see makes sense.

    Haven't seen them around here yet at all mostly on forums/Youtube videos. Maybe one Day when I feel a bit braver hand have a little bit Extra I might give the other ones a try "Uaru amphiacanthoides" instead of the "Uaru Fernandezyepezi" Would love to get them, But Fish with big price + Sensitive to certain Water conditions I will stay away from until I am a bit more experienced as well.
     
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    Uaru amphiacanthoides isn't too difficult to keep.
    I had 5 (they are relatively docile for cichlids) with other SA cichlids, and Silver Dollars.
    They are highly herbivorous and will eat plants in a tank. Even the tougher ones.
     
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    Personally I don't see the attraction, judging from the pics. And with a name like that, can someone please give them a common name... Please?
     
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    Thank you very much on the info, Will do some reading on them. Might even keep them in the near future starting to like them more and more with the pictures I've viewed and they seem very interesting. :D
     
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    Uaru fernan = Panda Uaru :)
     
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    What I like about them is their placid nature.
    You can keep them in a small group (in fact happier in a small group) and can be kept with other good natured Cichlids without too many problems.
     
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    I love my 4x Uaru amphiacanthoides !
    And yes, they will eat anything and everything.
    Here's a pic of one of mine, Frodo.

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    Pictures don't do them justice - when big they develop this pinkish shine on the head that fascinated me when I first saw them.
    Its almost like Toyota Prado pearl white with a tint of pink . . .
    The same fascinating chocolate brown (with a blue-ish tint) is found on the normal Uaru.
    Did you know that "Uaru" in some Amazonian native language means "toad/frog". If you look at the head and lips of the fish, it almost gives you the impression of a toad.

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    The Uaru fernandez are fantastic looking fish. But one seldom sees them on offer.
    I have seen them only twice. First time as very sickly looking youngsters. And second as insanely priced adults.
     
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    Here we mostly find the normal Uarus but not always available

    They not cheap either but not exorbitant.. if i remember right last i saw them were about R250.00 at about 6cm..
    Those panda ones are gorgeous!!
     

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