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  • Neoceratodus fosteri - Australian Lungfish

    Australian Lungfish Neoceratodus fosteri


    Picture thanks to Neil Armstrong & Dave Wilson, Aquagreen

    Temperature: 10 - 30c
    pH Level: 6 - 8
    General Hardness: hard
    Max. Size: 1.5m
    Realistic Max. Size: 1 Meter +
    Tank Size: 6x2x2
    Feeding: Worms, Shrimp, snails, beef heart, etc.
    Temperament: Peaceful though sometimes nippy and will eat small fish.

    About: Wow, where to start? These ancient fish have been around for about 350 million years.

    Individuals have been known to live for over 100 years.

    In aquariums they are quite hardy and dont require special care. They get quite big but will take up to 15 years to reach 1 meter. If you arent familiar with lungfish, I recommend you take the time to learn more about them. A species that I am hell bent on keeping Just not at the moment Well not at the current prices!

    I recently spoke to a long time lungy owner who mentioned they can be prone to bacterial infection with particularly severe consequences as they generally dont tolerate medication terribly well.

    Aussie Lungies are available from Ceratodus.com for between $500 and $1,800. I was recently quoted (July 2014) $1,650 + $180 shipping to Perth. Part of the reason for the high price is they must be CITES registered and be fitted with a Passive Internal Transponder to identify the source of the fish and to ensure there is no viable black market for Aussie Lungfish.


    Article reproduced with permission of the author, Paul Cuttriss (murrayman85). Many thanks for this excellent contribution.
    DE

    Relevant threads:

    Ancient fish:
    http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showt...atodus+fosteri

    World's oldest aquarium fish:
    http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showt...light=lungfish

    Pic:
    http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showt...light=lungfish

    Pics taken overseas of oddball fish:
    http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showt...light=lungfish

    Iconic & irreplacable:
    http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showt...light=lungfish

    • Timewarp2300
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      Timewarp2300 commented
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      Thankyou for making this, I've always been interested in these oddball fish. At the Melbourne aquarium the have a pair in a 8-3-3 tank, then a glass divider, a bit more water, but like a shallows, with the evolutionary process from fish to amphibians, a true living dinosaur!

    • Taxus
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      Taxus commented
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      I remember the great debate about whether these guys - or coelacanth-like animals were progenitors of amphibians... one of my undergrad lecturers at MQ was in the lungfish camp -- but I moved away from this field and never found out if one or the other was declared the winner :P
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