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Old 02-10-2011, 08:07 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I like the look of that male Characodon (C. lateralis maybe?)... pretty red fins. Kind of looks like he wants to eat the pleco in the 1st pic

Here are some shots of my Z. tequila... the male just wouldn't sit still for me, but I got a decent shot of the female. Observe the GHA wads in the background that they decidedly fail at eating.


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Old 02-10-2011, 12:23 PM   #12 (permalink)
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i spent the whole afternoon trying to get a decent shot..no success
Thats because they will NEVER be still.

I have never owned Tanganyikan Tropheus; but the Goodies dietary habits seem similair to
aufwuch eaters.
Its not like they sit down and eat a big bowl of algae for breakfast - though they are constantly "rasping" , , , as a toothed carp can. When I clean the glass below the substrate they absolutely brawl over the BGA
I took this photo posthumously. It shows how well equiped these beasts are!


This shots shows off the Splendens of the Ameca
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well the reason i asked what a goodeids is is because i googled them and got many pics of different fish so i really didnt know what it was. it even pulled up pics of fancy guppys.

so is a goodeids a species or a specific fish? im still baffled by this thing..

i never really have been much of a fish person. i mean i could name every tetra out there but my main focus is usually plants. i dont usually even keep fish in my tanks because wehn its time to redo the tank it takes longer to get them out than to actually rescape the tank.

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As you can see I am new here. . .

I hope this is 'kosher'

http://www.goodeiden.de/html/goodeids.html

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"Scientifically, Goodeids were discovered relatively late and so were nearly unknown to aquarists. Before the description of Ameca splendens by MILLER & FITZSIMMONS (1971) most genera were practically unknown. Since Ameca was very different from well-known livebearers, the interest of live-bearing enthusiasts was very high on both sides of the Atlantic. As a result, other formerly unknown Goodeids became available within a few years.

Today, there is still an interest in Goodeids, but the enthusiastic activity of the mid- and late seventies has turned into a more sober attitude. Between 1939 and 1971 Goodeids were scientifically examined, but the family was not systematized. Until the seventies, they were of little interest among scientists"

I do love them goodies!
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well the reason i asked what a goodeids is is because i googled them and got many pics of different fish so i really didnt know what it was. it even pulled up pics of fancy guppys.

so is a goodeids a species or a specific fish? im still baffled by this thing..

i never really have been much of a fish person. i mean i could name every tetra out there but my main focus is usually plants. i dont usually even keep fish in my tanks because wehn its time to redo the tank it takes longer to get them out than to actually rescape the tank.

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Goodeids are a family of fish (family Goodeidae, to be precise). Just like cichlids are all one family (Cichlidae), or all plecos/armored cats are in family Loricaridae, Goodeids are their own family... which, admittedly, is somewhat less diverse than the other families I mentioned.
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thanks asuka that makes sense now. its a faimly now i can search for them knowing where to start.
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I realise this thread is kind of old ... but I anyway like to add a few comments:

Yes, they eat various algae, but as there are about 50 Goodeid species, their habits differ from species to species. Some are mainly carnivorous! Ameca is a good algae-eater and Xenotoca a fair one.

But, they can have a tendency to bite chunks out of the fins of other fish species, so I would not recommend them for a community aquarium. Maybe Ilyodon would go well.

Also, besides algae they can also eat various plants, or at least they can damage growing tips of some plants. Again, this tendency differs between species.

Ameca splendens is critically endangered but not extinct in the wild. The same is for most species. A few only survive in aquaria.

In Europe, dedicated aquarists have established the Goodeid Working Group, in order to exchange information, experiences and (sometimes) fish. The main goal is to help these fish survive, both in aquaria and in the wild. I see no reason why people from other parts of the world wouldn't (or shouldn't) join, apart from the somewhat long travel distance to the annual meetings. In fact, there are members from other parts of the world already.

For more on these fish, see http://www.goodeidworkinggroup.com/
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I never noticed my Xenotoca eiseni eating BBA, but then again the tank was so full of plants it was hard to see them half the time. They never bred unfortunately, however, I did manage to get the tequilas to breed
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