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Home > Alestopetersius smykalai for Sale | "Blue Diamond" the most beautiful African tetras from Nigeria

Alestopetersius smykalai for Sale | "Blue Diamond" the most beautiful African tetras from Nigeria

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Blue Diamond African tetras photo: Frank Schäfer
 

"Blue Diamond” African tetras from Nigeria Alestopetersius smykalai

Finally we were able to import once more one of the most beautiful African tetras: Alestopetersius smykalai. The species originates from Nigeria and becomes only 5-6 cm long. So it is a perfect fish also for owners of comparatively small tanks. Due to the wonderful blue back of the males - which differ from the females also by the long dorsal fin and the completely different formed anal fin, which has a white border - it is called "Blue Diamond" in the hobby.
 
For our customers: the fish have code 100183 on our stock list. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade. Only very rarely available!
 
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer
 
(100) Cardinal Tetras 0.75-1

(100) Cardinal Tetras 0.75-1" Paracheirodon axelrodi Live Freshwater Fish
   $119.00
Group of 8 red and blue columbian tetras

Group of 8 red and blue columbian tetras
   $46.99
12 von rio tetras

12 von rio tetras
   $44.99
5 Chili Rasbora (Boraras brigittae) Live Nano Fish Freshwater Tropical Fish

5 Chili Rasbora (Boraras brigittae) Live Nano Fish Freshwater Tropical Fish
   $40.00
Neon Tetras - Live Tropical Community Fish Tetra Paracheirodon innesi Aquarium

Neon Tetras - Live Tropical Community Fish Tetra Paracheirodon innesi Aquarium
   $59.99
Head and Tail Light Tetra - Hemigrammus ocellifer - Live Community Fish

Head and Tail Light Tetra - Hemigrammus ocellifer - Live Community Fish
   $99.99
Glow Light Tetras Live Tropical Community Fish Hemigrammus erythrozonus Neon

Glow Light Tetras Live Tropical Community Fish Hemigrammus erythrozonus Neon
   $59.99
African Blue Diamond Tetra (Alestopetersius smykalai)

African Blue Diamond Tetra (Alestopetersius smykalai)
   $65.22
(6) 1-1.5

(6) 1-1.5" Congo Tetra TR Phenacogrammus interruptus Live Freshwater Tropical
   $40.00
Corydoras Aeneus

Corydoras Aeneus "Green" - Cory Catfish - Live Freshwater Tropical Aquarium Fish
   $64.99
Live Aquarium Fish Gladiator Tetra Hybrid exodon +piranha(Very Rare)

Live Aquarium Fish Gladiator Tetra Hybrid exodon +piranha(Very Rare)
   $49.99
(10) 1-1.5

(10) 1-1.5" Phoenix Tetra TR Hemigrammus filamentosus Live Freshwater Tropical
   $60.00
Lemon Tetra (Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis) - Tank-Bred! Live Fish for Aquarium

Lemon Tetra (Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis) - Tank-Bred! Live Fish for Aquarium
   $50.54
Blue/Purple Emperor Tetra (Inpaichthys kerri) - Tank-Bred! Live Fish Freshwater

Blue/Purple Emperor Tetra (Inpaichthys kerri) - Tank-Bred! Live Fish Freshwater
   $45.53
nice group of 8 beckfordi tetras

nice group of 8 beckfordi tetras
   $49.99
(6) 1.5-2

(6) 1.5-2" Yellow Congo Tetra TR Alestopetersius caudalis Live Fresh Tropical
   $54.00
Red-Tailed Goby (Sicyopterus lagocephalus) Live Fish for Freshwater Aquarium

Red-Tailed Goby (Sicyopterus lagocephalus) Live Fish for Freshwater Aquarium
   $47.24
(6) .5

(6) .5" Tucano Tetra WILD Tucanoichthys tucano Live Freshwater Tropical Fish
   $80.00
(30) Cardinal Tetras 0.75-1

(30) Cardinal Tetras 0.75-1" Paracheirodon axelrodi Live Freshwater Fish
   $50.00
Beautiful Black Veil Angelfish Live Tropical Fish 6 Fish

Beautiful Black Veil Angelfish Live Tropical Fish 6 Fish
   $50.00
Albino Cochu's Blue Tetra AKA Blue King Tetra (Boehlkea fredcochui

Albino Cochu's Blue Tetra AKA Blue King Tetra (Boehlkea fredcochui "Albino")
   $46.14
(50) Cardinal Tetras 0.75-1

(50) Cardinal Tetras 0.75-1" Paracheirodon axelrodi Live Freshwater Fish
   $69.00
5 pcs - Peacock Bass 2

5 pcs - Peacock Bass 2" Orinoco/Azul Cichlid Live Fish
   $100.00
2 pcs mix-bar Indonesia datnoid live tropical tiger fish about 3

2 pcs mix-bar Indonesia datnoid live tropical tiger fish about 3" in length
   $70.00
(3) 2-3

(3) 2-3" Orange Flash Congo Tetra WILD Alestopetersius cf. nigropterus Live
   $70.00
 

Alestopetersius smykalai are Vulnerable according to the IUCN Redlist

A. smykalai is threatened by habitat degradation according to the IUCN Redlist of Endangered Species. The Niger Delta has suffered extensive environmental pollution and the crisis is still on going. The Niger Delta is endowed with immense natural resources, particularly crude oil, and in addition, Nigeria has the largest natural gas reserves in Africa. As a consequence, environmental problems arise from oil and gas-related development activities, oils spills, refinery operations, oil transportation, gas flaring, dredging of canals and land taken for the construction of facilities. Areas near such outfalls are subjected to chronic pollution, which is of significance for fish resources and fisheries (Laë et al. 2004). Construction of dams along the Niger River during the last 25 years has significantly disrupted the hydrological balance of the lower Niger River (Bustamante 2002). Population pressure and agricultural land degradation also exacerbate biodiversity losses in the region as they induce people to expand agricultural production and increase fishing pressure (Bustamante 2002).
 
In addition to habitat degradation, it is possible that A. smykalai is negatively affected by introduced species. In Nigeria, nine species were introduced since the 1970s, mainly for aquaculture. The ecological effects of these introduced species are unknown (Laë et al. 2004).
 

References

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