A Visit to Dave’s Rare Fish

This post is long overdue. During the fantastic November 2011 FOTAS convention in San Antonio, Texas I was able to visit a very good fish friend of mine Dave Schumacher. Many of you probably know him as “Rare” Dave as he runs Dave’s Rare Fish .

Dave is one of the best suppliers and breeders of cichlids for the hobbyist market. He has an expansive list that has the best diversity I’ve seen from any supplier out on the market, with a couple hundred different species and location variants of fish available. Dave primarily sells African cichlids but also has some new world cichlids as well as barbs, catfish, and tetras. Dave is one of the best suppliers for Victorian cichlids and has some fantastic pure lines of Vics not always available to hobbyists. I’ve gotten numerous fish from Dave in the past that have been fantastic, but I’ve never been to his shop before. Here are some of the cool and beautiful fish Dave is working with and has for sale.

Dave has some beautiful Madagascan cichlids in his shop.

Paretroplus nourisatti, also known as the lamena.

Paretroplus kieneri is a manageable and pretty marbled species

Dave had a beautiful group of Paretroplus menerambo, the pin stripe damba, in a show tank right through the door of his shop.

Not a Madagascan, but and Asian cichlid, this is the first time I've seen the Canara Pearlspot Chromide, Etroplus canarensis in person. Dave is raising up these little guys and hopes to breed them in the future.

Dave also has some of the common fish that are classics in the hobby.

The Malawi blue dolphin, Cyrtocara moorii is a popular cichlid.

Rusty cichlids (Iodotropheus sprengerae) are a mainstay in the hobby.

The Red Fin Borleyi, Copadichromis borleyi "kadango".

Dave has catfish to

Synodontis brichardi

Dave had some strange and interesting Tanganyikans I’ve never seen in person before.

Tylochromis are usually always thought of as West African cichlids. This species, Tylochromis polyepis, is found in Lake Tanganyika and is the only species of the genus found in the great lakes of Africa.

Greenwoodochromis bellcrossi! This is an f1 fry from this extremely rare species. Only a few individuals are exported for the aquarium trade each year.

Dave had a very cool West African show tank with a beautiful school of Congo tetras and Benitochromis nigrodorsalis.

female Benitochromis nigrodorsalis

Congo tetra

Tropheus are popular fish in the hobby. Dave had a nice group of Tropheus duboisi in his tanks that were spawning

Tropheus duboisi

A holding female Tropheus duboisi

Here are some of the stunning Malawi cichlids Dave has.

Pseudotropheus elegans "Luwala", better known as the Yellowtail Acei is one of my favorite fish of all time.

And if you don't like the Yellowtail Acei, Dave also has Whitetail Acei. This one is from Ngara.

Aulonocara hueseri is not a super common peacock in the trade, but very pretty none the less.

Aulonocara sp. "lwanda"

Petrotilapia microgalana, formerly known as Petrotilapia sp. "small blue" and Petrotilapia sp. "nkhata orange" has a bad rap for being aggressive, but is a very pretty mbuna.

Placidochromis sp."electra blue" "Hongi"

Aulonocara sp. "stuartgranti maleri"

I’d like to thank Dave Schumacher for a fantastic tour of his facility. If you’re in the San Antonio area, you should make time to give Dave a call and see if you can get a tour. If not, his fish are available online and I’d highly recommend ordering from him as his quality is fantastic.

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