Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Collection of Cave Dwelling Fish and Critters from the Internets

Does anyone like cave fish?  I do.  These things are crazy looking.  Unfortunately, i have never kept any.  Some day I guess,  Also, i think that besides the Mexican blind tetra, most of them are protected 
Blind Spiny Eel (Mastacembelus brichardi)
I have seen these guys for sale on line a few time. So someone must still have them in his tank

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Florida Killifish

Here some pictures of me trying to collect some fish out local lake in my house in South Florida.

The actual lake

Me netting the fish

My first fish:  Bluefin Killifish (Lucania goodei)

Uknown Fish (chichlid?) Ok, It was pointed out to me that this is Mayaheros urophthalmus or simply Mayan cichlid

Really colorful Florida killifish (might be a male) . Not sure on species.  

Strange bug, probably a nymph of sorts

These might be large mouth bass fry

A very cool Florida crayfish

If anyone knows more about this fish, let me know.  

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Catching Florida Nerite Snails (Neritina reclivata)

Here are some photos of my trip to a local canal here in South Florida.  This is where all the cool nerite snails live (the ones you buy in petstores).  The water was mostly fresh, there might be some salt, but i forgot my hydrometer at home.  Next time I'll definitely measure it.

this gys live attached to the rocks. here is my first catch (olive nerite or Neritina reclivata).

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Legless lizard by my house

I keep seeing this guy near my porch this whole week.  I think he might live close by.  At first I thought that it was a snake.  So i took a few pictures and showed it to people online.  Turns out that this is Florida Legless Lizard or Glass Lizard  ( Ophisaurus ventralis ).

For someone without legs, this guys moves ok.  I guess he won't let his handicap get in a way of his life.   Still, i wish he woud do a better job catching bugs, because there is way too many of them here. 

Friday, 4 December 2015

Some of my fish from 75g

Hey here are some of my cool fish.  I have 4 rope fish (Erpetoichthys calabaricus) in there.  I got the 6 month ago and they have all gotten really fat.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Florida Crabs

Hey, I have decided to collect some driftwood at the local park here in South Florida.  I got some cool pieces, but also some two types of crabs.

these guys are huge and very fast.  i couldn't even take a picture. but here are their burrows

Here you can see a part of the crab sticking out (i think these are blue crabs)

Friday, 17 July 2015

Florida Crested Goby

Florida crested goby or Lophogobius cyprinoides is a pretty interesting little fish.  Apparently the can live in a large array of water (from salt to pure fresh).  Here in South Florida, they seem to be in every canal.  Usually they can be found under rocks or oyester shells.  I did not have to go very far to get them.  I just went straight to my local canal and fished them out with net

                                                                     that's me with my net

I actually got a whole bunch of them.  They were under almost every rock.  After taking them out the net, they ended up in my bucket and were transported directly into my fishtank.

                                                              my really bad pictures

They have adusted to captive life really fast, and were eating frozen blood worms and some Hikari Carnviour pellets (crushed).  The water my 75gallon tank is pure fresh. No salt or any kind of buffes were added.  The have been living with me for 6 months now without any kind of issues.  The males even showed some mating behavior.  They would turn very dark and dig a hole under different rocks.  I have not seen any eggs or fry, but it's possible that other fish were eating them.

So i would highly reccomend getting these tiny guys for you community tank.  I guess they can go in fresh, brackish, or even salt.  So if you see them in pet stores, definitely buy them (or catch them yourself if you are in Florida).

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