June 28th, 2011
I arranged a collection trip near a canal at about 2kms from my place(kolkata,west bengal,india).
team:aritra(jr),rahool,my cousin and me
We thought we will not get much plants/fishes as rainwater just poured into the fields,ponds at that place..I planned to visit that place and check the condition,and then to arrange a bigger trip.
we reached that place at about 12.30pm...the water in the canal and fields were totally black...In the canal we first saw a few hornwort sp.we got exited and followed the sideway of that canal,we noticed a lot of hornworts there.
got some lilles-
unknown pant 1.ID?
unknown plant 2.ID?
unknown plant 3.ID?
everywhere in the water there are so many hygrophilla difformis growing like grass,looking awesome,by we couldnt take much photo of that beauty because of cloudy sky and the black water....we collected a few milfoil sp,a a few unknown aquatic plants.hygrophila difformis-
got some native killifish-
suddenly I noticed a ludwigia sp looking almost ludwigia brevipes(just the plant is totally green),,,we got just amazed,ludwigia brevipes like native plant in W.B.?!I am sure its aquatic.
we were very upset as we didn't catch any fish from there,a few times later I noticed some very small fishes running in the water,took out my net and caught some,,fishes were looking like badis badis(I am not sure).we haven't any pic of them,as all of them died at the end of the day.
red hygrophila difformis-
hunting for plants and fishes-
me and aritra took out the bigger net(mosquito net) and came into a pond,we caught some small fish like creature and thought some tadpoles and going to through it away,suddenly aritra shouted "bumblebee goby",and I was shocked to see 5-6 b.g. in the net!!!we got very very excited..and tried to catch more,20-30 gobies we caught with 5-6 glass fishes and some(2-3) Oryzias javanicus!!!Oh god,we finally made our trip successful!we were very very happy at the end of the day.
a small crab-
one of the lillies we've collected-
thanks to all kolkata aquarium club members.
can anyone id the plants I asked please?
29 comments on "collection trip in india"
Wow! What a trip!! It must have been fun! I wish I could go travel and collect live plants and animals like that.
The pictures are great!! Thanks for sharing. It was really exciting to get all of those, I must imagine. Congrats.
thank u neonflux,you are welcome...really enjoyed a lot...I think we will get more varities of fishes and plants after a month...last year I saw some rotala and najas sp. also!thanks..
that red difformis is awesome, does it stay red in your tank?
it was indeed a great trip and we have enjoyed a lot!!
What fortunate opportunity! I hope to have a chance at the Amazon one day. Fabulous picture record, thank you for sharing.
very nice, does anyone know anything about that red difformis?
@nesopheus::I also dream so...
@all::I kept once the red difformis,but it changes to green after about a week,dont know why...may be because of water condition.everyone may think its H. Pinnatifida at first sight,but it is surely difformis...
Awesome pictures. That red difformis is great.
Ok, I'm going to India. Bye everyone see you in a few weeks!
...annnd that crab is awesome! I wish we had a freshwater crab like that in the hobby. I remember finding one in a river in South Africa that looked similar. Its strange we don't have these types of creatures in our LFS.
thankx everyone,n zapins,u are always welcome!! by the way anybody know anything of that red difformis,next time we will bring a close-up of that difformis!!it may help us!!