Monday, 23 January 2017

Freshwater Amphipods From My Canister Filter

I have a small colony of freshwater amphipods living in my canister filter. They on a piece of freshwater sponge that I was trying to grow. Unfortunately, the sponge have died. I think that it had starved to death. It got smaller and skinnier over time. I am guessing that my tank was over-filtered and the colony simply did not get enough food. Next time I will try keeping fresh water sponges in a less filtered tank. I think they would do great in a smaller shrimp tank with an air pump driven filter.

River Sponge

Here is the actual canister filter where these little guys live. I was really surprised to find them there. I have only seen them in August, when I was putting my sponge colony in my Dniester Biotope Aquarium. I kind of assumed, that they fish ate them. To my surprise, there was a bunch of these silly amphipod hanging out in my filter when I have decided to finally clean it.

Their New Home)))

Instead of living on a fresh water sponge colony, they now live on this plastic sponge)))

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Sea Turtle For Sale: What the Hell?

I saw this photo on twitter. It looks like they have sea turtle for sale. I can only hope that it's a pet store. But it might be a restaurant. I would not put it past these people. I was under impression that sea turtles were CITE I animals and they could not be sold or kept as pets. Can anyone read what it says on the tank? It looks like Japanese, but I am not certain. If anyone can read it, please let me know. It's really messed up.

Someone posted this as well. Not sure what's even worse. This bastard is selling sea turtle hatchlings. What a sick and amoral world we live in.  I don't even know what to say.  This bastard dug up or captured baby sea turtles and selling them online.  This is beyond messed up

Каштан Фарма

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Largest Cave Fish: Sinocylocheilus microphthalmus or Small Eye Golden-line Fish

Another amazing fish- Sinocyclocheilus microphthalmus. Rumor has it, that this is the largest cave dwelling fish in the world. Is true? I don't know. I suppose there is some other giant cave monster fish somewhere that we have not seen. It's a cave fish from China in a Cyprinidae family. It has also been referred to as Small Eye Golden-line Fish. The fish clearly exhibits every sign of troglomorphism. Troglomorphism usually presents in reduction or loss of eyes, pigmentation, scales or swimbladder. China has the highest number of cave fish in the world. About 48 troglobite species out of a total of 101 cave fish. All fishes from the genus Sinocyclocheilus have humps and horns, function of which is till unknown.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

More Supermarket Fish))))

I fly to Kiev for the holidays and of course, I had to take some more photos of the the local supermarket fish. These are the usual suspects: farmed carp, sturgeon, and rainbow trout. You see these 3 species the most. However, I have also seen other live fish in there: wild goldfish (crussian carp), asian carp, channel catfish, live European crayfish (Astacus astacus), live Northern Pike (Esox lucius), and even small European Wels Catfish (Silurus glanis)

Me in front of the sturgeon and trout tank

Sturgeon Faces)))

My fiend Olya with some Sturgeons))

Full Aquarium Shot:  it's actually 3 tanks joined together