Saturday, 24 September 2016

My Dniester Biotope Project

My Dniester River biotope project is almost ready.  Here is what I have so far:  380 Liter aquarium plus JBL  1501 CristalProfi  Greenline Canister Filter.  Almost everything, including sand, I got from Dniester River near my house here in Tiraspol.  Here is the fish list:  5 Monkey Gobies, 2 Toad gobies, 5 unknown minnow type fish)

Sand or Monkey Goby in front of it's little cave

The light brown and green coral looking things are freshwater sponges Spongilla fluviatilis.  Yes, they living colonies.  I am pretty sure that they are the same species, but the green one was pulled from cleaner water and has algae inside of it.   

River Sponge and Unknown River Plant from Dniester

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Huge Caterpillar

Check out this cool caterpillar. It's huge.  It was kind of passive, probably due to the cold weather. It was lying around on the street.  I hope it's ok. )))

I wonder why the caterpillar  was out and about.  It's late Septmber, it should have turned into a butterfly and move on to some tropical country

Monday, 19 September 2016

Snail Condo)))

Check out this cool piece of driftwood I found.  Ok, the driftwood is just a branch, but it's completely colonized by a bunch of freshwater snails.    It's a snail condo))  Lots of Dniester trap door snails (not sure on the species) and a bunch of fully freshwater nerites (Theodoxus fluviatilis)

The Theodoxus fluviatilis (Dniester nerite snail) is the tiny black snail with white spots 

Another view of the snail condo.  If anyone knows the scientific name of the trapdoor snails, please email me and let me know.

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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Green Freshwater River Sponge

Found some really cool freshwater sponge colonies today. This time they are green and huge!!!  Check it out.  These are Spongilla fluviatilis or so I think.  I found them in Dniester River in PMR (Transnistria).  I saw them before in a different spot before, but that time they were kind of creamy brown in colour.   But these river sponges are super green. I am guessing this is due to algae.  Not sure if the algae and sponges are in symbiosis.  

I pulled this huge colony out of the water.  They had a ton of different tiny amphipods .  

The upside down view.  This is what the base of freshwater sponge colony looks like

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Toad Globy: Mesogobius batrachocephalus

Finally got the first two fishes for my Dniester Biotope project. They are knout goby or toad goby. Scientific name is Mesogobius batrachocephalus. Pretty scary looking guys. They can get up to 34.5 centimetres (13.6 in for our Yank friends). They can live in fully marine, brackish and totally freshwater. I got mine straight out of Dniester River. Totally freshwater.


This is the larger Toad Goby

Another side view of  Mesogobius batrachocephalus

Friday, 9 September 2016

Freshwater Sponges (Spongilla fluviatilis)

I went to collect some gobies for my Dniester Biotope project and guess what I found?  A real life freshwater sponge or Spongilla fluviatilis.  I have heard of freshwater sponges, but until now, I have never seen one.  

This is what I have noticed  on a pieces of wood. At first, I thought that it was some sort of egg clutch.  But it just felt weird, almost like moss.  But it turned out a beginning of a new sponge colony

Another look at small sponge colony

Close up of Spongilla fluviatilis

And than I saw a fully formed freshwater sponge colony.  Looks like something out of the ocean. almost like a coral. Just not as colorful 

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

New Filter: JBL 1501 CristalProfi Greenline

Finally got my new filter: JBL 1501 CristalProfi Greenline. They don't have any decent pet stores in PMR, so I had to order it from Ukraine and actually go there to pick it up. Luckily, the Ukrainian boarder is only 45 minutes away))). This is my first JBL filter, I am not too sure what to expect. 

This is what JBL CristalProfi looks like in a box (I've also ordered some cool looking lights)

The Actual JBL  Canister Filter

4 Baskets of Media


The filter is going on my new project, a 380 liter Dniester Biotope Aquarium.  I am planning to get some freshwater gobies, Cobitis loaches, and some other local fish

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