Saturday, 30 July 2016

Kiev House of Nature Pt 2





Here is part 2 of my Kiev House of Nature photo-report. Here we see some nice sized Chinese high fin banded sharks or Myxocyprinus asiaticus. Ok, they are not fully grown, but still, they are way bigger than we are used to seeing in local pet stores.  Honestly, Chinese high fin banded sharks are more of a pond fish.  The can get carp size))).  They they actually do look more like a carp once they mature.  They can get to be 3 feet long.







They had them in a tank with Mexican blind cave tetras Astyanax mexicanus for some reason.  Not sure why.  But they did seem to get along very well





High fin sharks were kind of fun to watch.  There were always digging into the sad.




Here is a close up view








Mekong Roughback Whipray or Himantura Kittipongi Video


Found this kick as video of the live Mekong Roughback Whipray or Himantura Kittipongi.  It's very interesting.  Very little is known about this stingray.  Actually, very little is known about Asian freshwater stingrays

But for Himantura Kittipongi, I have not even seen photos of live animals.  The most common pic of this freshwater stingrays is this:










Here is the actual video.  As you can see, it's a pretty active stingray.  It can probably go in with South American Stingrays in one aquarium












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Friday, 29 July 2016

Giant 6000 liter Planted Tank in Kiev Nature House




Since I am in Kiev to repair my torn bicep, I have stopped by the House of Nature.  But always have some sort of house plant exhibits.  But, there is also a small number of fish tanks that's always there.
This is one of the biggest one they have.  The 6000 liter planted tank.  They claim that it's the biggest planted tank in Ukraine, but who really knows?  I don't believe it.  I am sure some evil oligarch has a much bigger on in his house




Here is a close up.  You can see how heavily planted this tanks is.  




The tank is mostly populated by Angelfish, Swordtails, Guppies, and some Mollies






One of the striped angelfish





It's pretty heavily populated, but the fish looked very healthy.




Oh, and there were some gouramis in there as well. I kind of wished that had more exotic fish in these tank, or at least some Altum Angels (Pterophyllum altum). But, oh well, at least the plants were impressive enough



















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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

My Trip to Kiev Museum of Nature



The Japanese giant salamander (Andrias japonicus)

Here are some pictures from my trip from Kiev Museum of Nature.  Some these stuffed fish and animals are pretty old.  I guessing, at least 60-70 years old.  I had lots of fun.  It was cool to see some of the fish that I personally had in my aquarium.  But I guess back than they were considered truly exotic. Also, if you are in Kiev, I suggest to visit it NOW. Pretty soon it might be gone, since the new government wants to knock everything down and put ugly high rise office buildings everywhere. 




Preserved Silver Arowana or Osteoglossum bicirrhosum





Stuffed Mola mola.  It's really huge in person.  But they did really poor job in preserving its eyes.




Stuffed Bichirs (polypterus) and Pickled Ropefish 



Stuffed Shark and Sawfish 






Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Who Likes Newborn Cats))))





There is this homeless cat that lives under the local pet store's door here in Tiraspol (Transnistria). She is like always there.  Today I was walking buy and saw a box with a bunch of kittens.   A woman that works there told me that she brought them 2 days ago and put them under the door (the cat, not the woman).






These kittens are pretty tiny.  Almost look like hamsters)))





Monday, 11 July 2016

Plastic Coins of Transnistria





Has anyone seen plastic coins?  They have them here in Transnistria!!!.  Yes, Transnistria has plastic coins:  1, 3, 5, and 10 rubles.  It's real money. He He.  I was kind of surprised to see them when I moved here.  But now I use them all the time.   

They are pretty durable. No scratches so far.  Also, they don't burn!!! I have tried putting on fire.  They don't burn or melt.  And obviously,  they float.


The best part is that they easy to carry in your pocket)))









This is what they look like from the back











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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Random Dniester Fish (Wild Goldfish)






Here are some more pics of random fish we caught while fishing for Freshwater Pipefish (Syngnathus nigrolineatus) on Dniester River in Transnistria.  These guys were actually eaten, as they were nice and fat)))  The first one is Prussian Carp or Wild Goldfish (Carassius gibelio).  It's nice and silvery))







And a little more interesting fish Common Nase or Hondrostoma nasus.  I have never seen this guys before.  But they are clearly related to carp.







Monday, 4 July 2016

Catching Wild Spined Weather Loach (Cobitis elongata)






Here is another interesting fish we caught on Dniester River, a Spined Loach (also known as Spotted Weather Loach or Dojo Loach).  I wasn't sure on scientific name.  At first, I thought that it is Cobitis taenia.  But now I think that it is Cobitis elongata.  These guys get confused with other weather or dojo loaches of the Misgurnus genus (Misgurnus anguillicaudatus and Migurnus fossilis).  But once you see them upclose, you can tell that they are very different.  Cobitis taenia and Cobitis elongata have tiny spines that come out behind their gill covers to poke their enemies (me in this case)




Dniester River and ME )))





Our captive Cobitis elongata loach








Close Up of Spotted Weather Loach's Face ))))











And another Spined Weather Loach we caught






I really wanted to keep these guys, as I have always loved weather loaches. And Cobitis elongata seems like a very cool fish.  However, I don't have any tanks running right now.  So I had to let them go.











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Sunday, 3 July 2016

Freshwater Pipefish: A Must See






There very few freshwater pipefish species.  Dniester (in Transnistia) and Dnepr (in Ukraine) are home to one of them Syngnathus nigrolineatus or Black Striped Pipefish.  Normally, this pipefish species is found in saltwater (Black Sea).  However, for some unknown reason they have started to show up in completely freshwater rivers.  And they are actually breeding there.



I have heard about freshwater pipefish when I was in Kiev, but I never got a chance to see them in person until I got to Tiraspol.  Here, there are freshwater pipefish populations in the Dniester River.   It took a few tries for me and my friend to actually catch them.



At first, I did not know where to look for them. I've tried netting by the grass near the bank, but now luck at all. Howver, the locals suggested, I go though the underwater weeds with my net. The weeds were slightly deeper and away from the bank. After a few tries I got this nice fat pipefish. I wonder if it's a male (due to it's larger stomache). After that I kept getting tiny pipes. Most of them went right though the net. But I managed to get one of the babies that was slightly larger.




So, as you can see Syngnathus nigrolineatus is clearly here to stay. Not only are they living a completely freshwater environment, but they are also breeding there. Unfortunately, I could not keep any of them because I don't a fish tank set up right now. So all the fish were returned back to the river.

Here we are with our net:








Finally, a nice fat pipefish













Here a baby fresh water pipefish.  There a few even smaller pipes, but they went right through my net and I could not catch them.
























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