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"
Looks like you're having fun during the trip. It's fun for me to look at these photos as well..very interesting indeed. You're lucky to be able to get wild glass fish. There's no way I could find non-dyed glass fish in my country. The bumblebee gobies look different from the ones I normally see in the LFS too - the ones in the LFS has more black colour (maybe they're Malaysian varieties)
@Cavan Allen::which photo do u mean?I am meaning the 5th photo from the top.it looks similer like Nechamandra alternifolia..thanks.
@totziens::ya...we had great fun...glass fish is very very common in india,specially in our eastern region.you can find them even in every waterbodies...pics of the gobies are taken when I just kept them in the tank,they were very stressed,the black bands will be darker with yellow shade with time.
video of the fishes we caught-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMNTtEt9zgs
WOW thats so awesome thanks for sharing!
you're welcome buddy....
Very beautiful photos Soumya and I especially like the glass fish. Nice to see their natural coloration.
Have always wanted to see more of Indian plant / fish species, so thanks!
My wife's family lives in Pune and one day I will have to visit and check out more of the native plant/fish species.!!
yaa...surely...thank u...you can fing H. Pinnatifida in west india,specially in maharashtra,may be nearby Pune!!you can come to kolkata also,not very distant from Pune...
i had a question about the hygro difformis. you said it only stayed red for about a week. what do you think caused that? low light? higher or lower pH? not alot of fert dosing or co2? i have some green ones right now that im going to alter the water for them.
im assuming where the hygro is found with the fish around it the water is harder and their has to be a nice nutrient rich soil they are taking from. where these collected in a more shaded spot or a very open area. what kind of plants are around them that you noticed?
- Cavan Allen
I think it's a combination of low nutrients (nitrate, anyway) and being under full sun. You often see Ludwigia palustris blood red in ponds, but good luck keeping it that way. It's not so easy.