This large fish bowl is about 18″ wide at the center, with an 11″ opening at the top. When filled with water, it proved to be 11 gallons! The Bolbitis is my favorite, so I used those as the dominant plant. The wood had to be boiled so it sank. This air pump is super tiny! Originally I tried a cobalt light, but it did not work with the curved lid as the neck was not adjustable and would have […]
After a few months of a serious green water problem, some more experienced aquarist friends suggested installing a UV sterilizer. I don’t know very much about aquariums generally, but from what others have said and from a little research I’ve done, there aren’t any big downsides to using the sterilizer. The appliance “utilizes a germicidal fluorescent lamp that produces light at a wavelength of approximately 254 nanometers (2537 Angstroms). … As the light penetrates the bacteria/algae, it mutates the DNA (genetic […]
Plakat Bettas are short finned versions of Betta splendens. It is pronounced pla-COT, and they were originally bred to be stronger fighting fish. Their short fins were less susceptible to injury. In Thailand they are referred to as Plakat Morh. This is a Plakat from the Wet Spot, who I’ve named D.H Lawrence.
In 2005, a stop at a drainage canal to get my bearings turned out to be the most interesting observation spot on the road leading South from Lambarene. Looking for streams in the area proved to be very unsuccessful, as not a single one crossed the road. Sitting by this drainage canal, I was convinced that I had gone too far south. All the literature on the lampeye Plataplochilus miltotaenia stated the location as Lambarene. While deciding what to do next, some movement in the water caught my […]
Here is a species that takes me all the way back to my earliest days keeping killifish. This species along with Aphyosemion australe and Aphyosemion gardneri (at the time), were the very first killies that I worked with. I suspect this was the case for many killie keepers from that time period. It was a time when a rack filled with one gallon glass mayonaisse jars looked fantastic! 🙂 These species taught me the basics of keeping this special family of fish. It’s funny to think back and […]
A small very infrequently encountered species of african darter tetra from Gabon. This is a male that was collected in the shallow faster moving water of the River Menguengue near the town of Ndjole. A small interesting river that the local used to wash their clothes. Here we also found a beautiful yellow Plataplochilus sp., Parananochromis brevirostris, Synodontis cf batesii, and Enneacampus kaupi. On the banks of the river were many plants of the rare Anubias pynaertii. It was very […]
When I was young and Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine was small in size (pre 1981 🙂 ) There were many fascinating fish that I thought I could only dream about. Malpulutta kretseri was one of them. A rarity in the wilds of Sri Lanka and no commercial collectors in the area meant that up until 2000, I had never even seen one alive. But with time comes opportunities and in the last decade and a half this species has been offered occasionally. They […]