Saturday, 2 September 2017

Some More River Nerites Photos

Took some more photos of river nerites or Theodoxus fluviatilis.  There is a ton of them here, in the Dniester river.  If you have not heard about this river, it runs along Transnistria and Moldova.  These guys are pretty neat.  They are true freshwater nerties, yes, they actually breed in fresh water.  They only bad thing about them is their tiny size. They are about the size of a labybug. Other than that, they are great.  They do an amazing clean up job in an aquarium. Plus, they are fun to watch.

A closer look at their little nerite colony

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Monkey Goby (Neogobius fluviatilis) in Spawning Colors

My monkey or sand goby has died today.  Normally, Neogobius fluviatilis don't live past spawning. This guy has spawned before last year and has survived. Two weeks ago, he has changed into this breeding color again. He did not mate with any of the females in the tank and stayed like this for the rest of his life.  It's kind of sad to see him go, but it's old age, I suppose.  His was part of my Dniester Biotope Project.  I caught him out of Dniester River in Tiraspol, Transnistria.  Monkey or Sand gobies make great pets.  They are very entertaining and fun to watch.  The most amazing thing, they can go into any aquarium.  By that, I mean, you can put them in marine, brackish, or pure freshwater without any problems.  The only bad part, if you live in American colonies, they are illegal to keep.  Well, I am sure you can keep them, just don't tell anyone.  Otherwise, they'll fine you a lot of money (they are considered an invasive specie)

This is his normal color during the past year

It's amazing how the male monkey gobies change during breeding time.  Normally, they are dull gray color.  But during mating season they turn this amazing deep black, with golden rim on their dorsal fin.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Irises Near My House

Check out these amazing Iris flowers near my house here in Tiraspol.  Pretty amazing.  All sorts of different colors and shapes.  I have never realized that they come in such varieties. I have always thought that they are only blue in color))).

A Crazy Mixture of Iris Flowers

The Classic Blue Iris Flowers

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Weird Mushrooms (Auricularia auricula-judae) -Wood Ear

Finally got around to posting these photos. These are some interesting mushrooms Auricularia auricula-judae or Judas Ear (Wood Ear). These mushrooms do look like human ears. We found a bunch of them near Tiraspol (Transnistria). They are edible and my friend took all of them home to cook. It's kind of strange seeing them at first. And they feel leathery)))

Here are some more of them.  

This one is a little larger Auricularia auricula-judae and doesn't really look like an ear

Sunday, 7 May 2017

My Encounter with Burgundy Snail or Helix pomatia

Check out these cool land snails I photographed in the forest. Yes, a real forest))) We went mushroom hunting just outside of Tiraspol and I there was a bunch of these guys everywhere.  They are huge)) The common names for them are  Burgundy snail and Roman snail.  The real Latin name is Helix pomatia.   Apparently, Fresh people eat them (what a bunch of weirdos).  They also eat frogs, so it's not surprising))).  

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Rhinogobius szechuanensis -Freshwater Goby

An amazing freshwater goby from east Asia.  I wish a had a few of this.  These guys seem really amazing.  The males and females look very different.  I am not sure if any has bread gobies in an aquarium.  But I think they are great looking.  I'll need to look for them for sale. So far I have not seen any in stores. 

Female Rhinogobius szechuanensis

Male Rhinogobius szechuanensis goby

3 males Rhinogobius szechuanensis gobies

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Snow Blizzard in April!!!

It's the end of the world.  We are having snow blizzard at the end of April!!!.  Everything is flowering and blooming, and than bam!!! A snow storm.  It's the most insane thing ever. I was getting ready for summer and everything.  So weird to see flowering trees covered in snow.  If you are wondering where I am , I am in Tiraspol (Transnistria).  Now I am certain that we live on borrowed time now)))

This is what I saw our of my window when I woke yesterday

Snow Covered Buckeyes 

Yes, these are flowering buckeyes covered in snow!!!!

So weird.  I can't believe it. I guess, we won't have any fruits this years.  Kind of sad too.

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Monday, 17 April 2017

Kentucky Cave Shrimp (Palaemonias ganteri)

Check this out.  These shrimps live right near my former home state of Ohio.  Well, they are in Kentucky, but it's only across the river))).  The Kentucky cave shrimp or Palaemonias ganteri is an eyeless and completely pigmentless troglobite specie. This amazing shrimp lives in caves in the Warren County of Kentucky. It has not pigment or eyes, just like many other troglobite species of animals.

It's main habitat is exclusively in underground streams of caves. Kentucky cave shrimp can easily be found in Mammoth Cave National Park if you look around.  It feeds mainly on sediments that are washed into the cave by the movement of groundwater.  Unfortunately, as with many other cave species, this cave shrimp is endangered.  There is no chance of getting this guys for your shrimp tank. I guess, if you have a bunch of money, you can pay someone to smuggle it out of the cave.  However, you would be able to brag about having, or you would get arrested)))

Here is some internet inf on on Palaemonias ganteri

The Kentucky cave shrimp was registered as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act in 1983, and was included on the IUCN Red List as Endangered in 1994. There are currently only several thousand remaining. It is mostly threatened by contaminated groundwater running into its habitat.  Several nearby communities either have inadequate sewage treatment facilities or lack such facilities altogether. An additional potential threat is the entry of contaminants from traffic accidents and roadside businesses. One incident in 1979 caused the death of aquatic cave organisms in a part of the Mammoth Cave system, and in a 1980 incident, a truck carrying toxic cyanide salts overturned on Interstate 65, just south of Mammoth Cave Nation

Sunday, 16 April 2017

New Fishing Photos

This is the only fish I have managed to take a decent photo of. It's Silver Bream or Blicca bjoerkna. We actually go 3 of them, but all my photos turned out to be really crappy. We also got one wild goldfish Crucian carp or Carassius carassius.  Anyway, no a lot of interesting fish, but I've enjoyed being out on the river.

Me with my had and glasses.  My regular uniform to protect myself from sun

Dniester River: looks pretty nice)))

Sunday, 9 April 2017

New Aquarium Project

My friend is starting a new aquarium project.  Just came back from his apartment where I've helped him set it up.   It's a 200 liter tanks with 3 30watt lights.  Oh, there won't be any cover, so I can only hope that there won't be any escapes from fish))).   There will be more driftwood and plants eventually.  They are kind of hard to get here in Tiraspol (you have to go to Odessa or Kishinev to get anything aquarium related).  This aquarium will be home to some cherry shrimp (Neocaridina davidi var. red) and some rabbit snails (Tylomelania sp).

Side View: Check out the home made DIY lights.  They were sold as an outdoor LED lights

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Spring is here!!!! Finally!!!

It's finally here, Spring!!!!  Check out these cool flowering apple trees.  Amazing. It's like this everywhere in Tiraspol.  They smell amazing too.  It should be like this year round.  I am not even sure why we have winter. I guess, nature wasn't very smart when creating it))))

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

All the Different Cichla Species

Can anyone name all these Cichla species without looking them up?  he he.  I can't.  But it's a great poster (I did not make it).  It would be nice to have a full collection in a giant aquarium.  It would have to be 1000-2000 gallon tank as these cichlids get huge)))  Some day, I guess)))

Friday, 24 March 2017

Native American Snails))

It got warmer and I went to lake Isabella  in Cincinnati Ohio for walk with my mom. Obviously, I went looking for local fish and snails.  Here are some pretty crappy photos of the native US snails.  I am not sure what they are.  They looked pretty neat.  Sure, not as colorful as nerites or other tropical snails, but still, always interesting)))

A small family of snails hanging out

The actual Lake Isabella