This lovely Begonia has tiny leaves and a pretty ruby stem. The leaves stay around 1/4-1/2 inch long. This particular clone is from the Crystal Mountains in Gabon. The leaves are nicely serrated and the leaf edges have a very subtle pink lining to them. It is a hardy Begonia, but is slow to acclimate, and even when acclimated, a very slow grower.
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 […]
This widespread species was the first african characin that I kept. When I was in elementary school, an old chinese lady a few blocks away kept these tiny fish, and through her I received a few. I don’t remember thinking that they were very pretty, but they still seemed exotic to me as they darted around and bred in their gallon sized mayonnaise bottles! Decades later, I was fortunate enough to come across this absolutely beautiful form south of Fougamou, Gabon. They […]