Archive / October, 2013

Male Red Tuxedo Plumetail Platy

Red Tuxedo Plumetail Platies

We have been busy transferring the plumetail characteristic to all of our platies, both maculatus type and variatus type. For an idea of what a plumetail is, see the photo of a male. Then compare it to the photo of a male without a plumetail. Plumetail is a dominant gene. I originally raised plumetails in […]

Photo of adult pair of Ameca splendens.

Ameca splendens

This is one of the 40+ Goodeids, a family of livebearers hailing from Mexico’s central plateau. This fish is possibly extinct in the wild, although I’ve heard recent reports a wild population has been found. We’ve had A. splendens for probably a decade. For some reason our database doesn’t have the information we usually keep […]


Resurrection Palm

The title of this post is misleading since it’s really about a cycad not a palm, but most people don’t know the difference and cycads do look like palms. The particular cycad in question is probably in the genus Dioon, but we don’t know which species. I got this plant in 1975 having rescued it […]

Male Barb

Puntius arulius

This is a large barb originally from India. We’ve had this barb for several years. My records don’t show exactly when or from whom we got them. Regardless of the source, they’ve proven to be reliable spawners. Also, we’ve found they are perfect for African cichlid tanks. They are not overly aggressive, but easily hold […]

Blue Peacock Cichlid

Blue Peacock

The photo is a six-month ago male Blue Peacock. This fish has an interesting history and pedigree. In 2003, after Hurricane Claudette crushed our first greenhouse in Goliad and destroyed much of our breeding stock of rainbowfishes and livebearers, we decided to expand into cichlids, especially those from Lake Malawi. These fish were popular and […]