Friday, 22 December 2017

Worlds Only Blind Cichlid

Lamprologus lethops

Now, this is really cool.  I have always had a soft spot for cave fish.  But this is a lot more interesting and strange.  A blind African cichlid from Congo River.  This a very fascinating fish. The strangest thing is that it is NOT from a cave system.  This fish, Lamprologus lethops, lives at the bottom of the river.  Since Congo River is extremely deep and murky, the fish had started developing troglodytic characteristics often seen in cave dwelling species.  Lamprologus lethops lives almost 150 meters below surface.  Because of that, this cichlid is completely devoid of pigmentation and eyes.

Lamprologus lethops in its natural habitat

I wonder how these cichlids behave and reproduce.  Do they take care of their young the same way as other Africans?  How do they manage to do all these while being completely blind.  I heard that there was a person in US with this species in his aquarium. But I can't find any videos or a complete information on their behavior in captivity. 

Related image

A Preserved Blind Congo Cichlid Specimen 

Blind Congo Cichlid Lamprologus lethops

An X-ray of Lamprologus lethops.  Notice a complete lack of eyes

Blind Congo Cichlid Lamprologus lethops

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Amazing Super Red Crayfish )

I saw this guy at the small fish store in Hallandale Florida.  Such an amazing color.  I have never seen a crayfish this red.  This cray was sitting there, on a plastic plant.  Not sure what it was trying to do, but it looked like it was trying to reach for the light.   It really makes me want to stark keeping crayfish again.  I used keep European crays  (Astacus astacus)  when I lived in Kiev.  They were super cool, but also super aggressive.  I also kept some Noth American species when I was in Ohio, not sure what they name was. But I got them out of feeder tank.  They were regular brown crays. Anyway.  I might get some crustaceans once I move to a new appartment)))

One of former Astacus crays with some native European fish

European Crayfish  or Astacus astacus

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

My New Florida Gobies

Check out my fresh water gobies. Caught them myself in Florida canals in Hollywood.  These two species were the most common. I am not sure if they have any other gobies in there.  But these guys are the only thin I saw.  Sorry for the crappy photos.  They are pretty hard to photograph. Plus my aquarium is pretty scratched (I got for free from a dumpster).  

The goby on the top picture is Lophogobius cyprinoides or crested goby.  These gobies are pretty small, not more than 10cm.  As the name suggests, they have this interesting crest on top of their head.  Males are much more colorful, with lots of orange and black in them.

Two better quality photos of Lophogobius cyprinoides from the internet

Image of Lophogobius cyprinoides

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Monday, 4 December 2017

Tasmanian Giant Freshwater Crayfish: Astacopsis gouldi


The worlds largest crayfish, Astacopsis gouldi, also known as Tasmanian Giant Freshwater Crayfish or Tasmanian Lobster.   Probably the most amazing crustacean in the world.  Shockingly huge.  Up to  6 kg!!!  They are even reports of them preying on platypus. I think they are also world's largest invertebrate, but quote me on it because there also giant coconut bandit crabs.  

These guys live only in Norther Tasmania.  It's the only place where you can find them.  I have not heard of any in private aquarium or in captivity in general.  That probably because they are  protected species.  They were in danger of being overfished or overcrayed))) Mostly due to the fact that they have no natural predators and lack general fear of humans.   That, and the fact that Astacopsis gouldi only breed once every two years.

Astacopsis gouldi are omnivorous, just like the majority of crayfish.  They are known to eat  decaying wood, leaves and their associated microbes. They may also eat small fish, insects, rotting animal flesh and other detritus when available.  Basically, they would eat anything they can get their giant claws on))