Looking for Metriaclima lanisticola

Discussion in 'Wanted' started by Duc Nguyen, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. Duc Nguyen

    Duc Nguyen New Member

    Hello there! This is my official first post on this forum so I'll roll in my introduction as well. My name is Duc Nguyen. I've been in the hobby for 20+ years and have been on the search for the elusive Metriaclima lanisticola for a number of years. I had a small colony back in 2002-2004 but unfortunately, they did not survive when I moved. Off and on throughout the years, I've done searches and I noticed there have been several folks on this forum or in the general area that have obtained these fish. Would be very interested to see if anyone have any available.

    Just as an FYI, I live in north Texas area. I sincerely hope to hear from someone soon and I'm still grasping onto hope that I can one day get another colony going :)

    Thank you for reading my post.

    P.S - the attached image is of my lanisticola back when I had them :)

    Best wishes,
    Duc Nguyen

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  2. Narwhal72

    Narwhal72 Well-Known Member

    Sean Stake from Madtown Aquatics may still have them. I bought a group from him a few months ago.

    Alas, mine have not spawned yet so I don't have any fry to distribute. But Sean may have some.

    The ACA convention will be next month in Houston. If you post on the ACA facebook page you may find someone who has them and is making the trip to Houston where you could make the exchange.

  3. Sean S

    Sean S Executive Board

    Thanks for the shout out Andy, We are out of stock as my group hasn't successfully spawned yet either. Duc already tried contacting us.

    And its MadTown Aquaculture ;), MadTown Aquatics is a kids swim club in the area.
  4. Duc Nguyen

    Duc Nguyen New Member

    Hello and thank you for posting back so quickly!! I truly appreciate it. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend ACA this year. Houston is about a five - six hour drive and plus, work schedule is such that I can't take time off for it this year. In any event, I'll try your suggestion and talk to some folks who will be attending the conference. I wish I knew why these guys are so challenging to find but it's all good.

    Please keep me in mind if you happen to hear of some available or if yours successfully spawn for you! Thank you so very much!!

    Best wishes,
    Duc Nguyen
  5. SteveS

    SteveS Advisory Board

    They are around. Club had many i passed around. All i have is 1 left that i missed in the growout tank
  6. SteveS

    SteveS Advisory Board

    I do know sunset tropical guppies in arburndale, wi has them. Its the source i got mine from. A local store/breeder up by me in central wi
  7. Megan

    Megan Advisory Board Staff Member

    Try Davesfish.com - he doesn't have them now, but may be able to get some for you. He's in San Antonio.
  8. SteveS

    SteveS Advisory Board

    Looks like everyone has none available at this time. They are around though. I have the one lone female left. Maybe someone in the club has an extra male. You can have her if you want if your at the meeting on the 16th.
  9. Duc Nguyen

    Duc Nguyen New Member

    Hi Steve,
    That's extremely kind of you to offer but I'm not sure what you're referring to for the meeting on the 16th? I am not in the Wisconsin area; I am located in the DFW area so I would not know of a way to get the fish from you. Also, I reached out to Dave and unfortunately, he doesn't have any lanisticola at this time either. Looks like I'll just continue looking. I am sure one day I'll get lucky with timing and find some.

    Again, please let me know if you hear of someone who has these up for sale. I would be completely ecstatic! :)
  10. SteveS

    SteveS Advisory Board

    This clubs monthly meeting . They will show up soon
  11. Duc Nguyen

    Duc Nguyen New Member

    Hello everyone!
    I have a bit of good news regarding my search for these fish. First of all, I have been able to get my hands on a small colony. A special shout out to Chris Carpenter, Jeremy DeRoos and Marcus Weesner for being so kind and patient with me in shipping the fish. I've had them for a little under a month. This past Sunday morning, one of the females is already holding her first clutch! Pretty amazing stuff...
    I've read in several articles that this species is docile, relative to mbuna and based on my observations so far, it is a true statement. They do chase each other around, but not nearly as aggressively as other mbuna type.
    My intention is to isolate the female this Sunday (since it marks a week from when she first started holding). More news to come as things progress. Here are some photos of the holding female as well as what I *think* may be the father. He has never shown any blue colouration so I can't be for certain.

    And thank you all of you guys for being so helpful in my search. It's been an interesting journey - been looking for these guys for about 15 yrs.

    Best wishes,
    Duc Nguyen
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  12. SteveS

    SteveS Advisory Board

    Best of luck. Happy to hear you got your hands on some. Keep them around as they are pretty rare and seem to dissapear in the hobby grom time to time
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  13. Narwhal72

    Narwhal72 Well-Known Member

    Good luck with them. I found one female holding a few weeks back but she didn't make it too long with them. probably just a warmup run.
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