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Re: NFC: any Mexican Cyprinella out there and about Pangasius


I don't know anything about these species, but I know a guy who can
probably tell you a thing or two about Mexican natives.  Here's his web




> Are there anyone who keep and breed or can get C. xanthicara, C.
> alvarezdevillari, and C. lepida?  I would like to observe, keep and
> breed them.  Contact me with my email below [I am currently study in the
> US].
> About Pangasius, generally they are unsuitable for anyone with less than
> 250-300 gallon tank/pond.  Pangasius hypothalmus [formerly P. sutchi]
> can grow to at least 60 cm long and are always cruising around nonstop,
> so it need lots of swimming space.  In my home country [Thailand] they
> are a major food fish although the meat are not highly regard.  Actually
> it [and the endangered P. gigas] is one of the uglier catfish when grow
> up in its family [except the albinos].  The second generally known
> species, P. sanitwongsai, is one of the most elegant catfish [and large
> fish in general] with its long spine on pectoral, dorsal and pelvic
> fins.  Beware though because it can grow to 2 meters long and are
> getting rarer every day [anyone may visit Steinhart aquarium- I think
> they still have a few of larger ones].  Also, this fish is fish hunter
> and carrion feeder known to eat dead dogs and migrate to other fishes'
> spawning ground to hunt small fishes.
> I think most Pangasius are not avaliable yet in the US, but there are
> some species of interests if you can find them and have big tanks for
> them.  Pangasius larnaudiei is a stocky species with body shape more or
> less similar to P. sanitwongsai.  When in life and in good health it is
> in shade of steel blue with dark blue dorsum and light on the side and
> lighter belly.  The pelvic and dorsal fins have long filaments.  Above
> the pectoral fin base there is the trademark black spot.  Another
> species, P. conchophilus [formerly P. notatus], is elongate with mouth
> under snout.  Its healty body color is bronze with darker on top and
> lighter below.  Both species are about 60-100 cm long and easy to keep,
> but P. conchophilus seems to grow slowly.  More info can be found in
> FAO's Fishes of the Cambodian Mekong.  Hope this help.
> Tony
> at at cisunix_unh.edu


Christian C. Burke
mailto:cburke.fish-head at worldnet_att.net