Man, it's a shame to know likely no one got them spawning, else we would have heard something. Even if they were not A. Kullanderi still a shame.Apistos sold as "A. sp. Gigas II" were sold in Europe and Asia about a year ago. They went quickly, and for BIG money, sold to professional breeders who hoped to make a killing on offspring. I saw photos of these fish. They were not A. kullanderi, but A. sp. Peixoto (not A. sp. aff. Peixoto, a form of A. sp. Xingu) or something close to it. We never saw fry from them or heard a comment from any of the breeders who bought the fish.
Man, it's a shame to know likely no one got them spawning, else we would have heard something. Even if they were not A. Kullanderi still a shame.
The moment I saw the pictures of this fish, back when it had first been described, it became number one on my most wanted list. Something about the colors and natural beauty in this fish I truly enjoy. It's too bad it will likely be many years before I ever see one.
I'm sure they were reproduced. There is just no market for them - and my guess is that these breeders are a bit embarrassed about spending so much money for a non-profitable fish. Not everyone is like me: into ugly apistos.
If the demand is there, someone will try to find the species again; Marco (Lacerda), where are you when we need you!
Sadly, Marco no longer operates Trop Rio/Apisto Haven. He used to send collectors to locations no other exporter even thought about. The list of Brazilian fish that he exported - and no longer commercially available - is very long indeed.
Legal problems with a partner; he lost. He tried to get a new export license, but ex-partner had 'friends in high places', plus his views on the environmental impacts of dams in the Amazon didn't make him popular with the bureaucracy. Needless to say his application was denied.