Sunday, 19 November 2017

Some more photos of South Florida Park





I went to another park.  This time near my house in Hallandale Beach.  They had a ton of american white ibis or Eudocimus albus.  These guys approached everyone for food.  Such cool birds.  Very beautiful and strange at the same time.  












Saturday, 18 November 2017

Cool Corals on the Beach



I found these cool pieces of coral on the beach, here in Hollywood Florida.  They are all over the beach.   Does anyone know what they are?  There are a lot of them.  I don't know where they grow because there is nothing underwater, but sand.  I'll stick them into my future aquarium, as soon as I find more permanent place to live




Some more corals








Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Blind Indian Catfish : Horaglanis abdulkalami




Check out this blind catfish from India. It's Horaglanis abdulkalami. It was discovered in 2002 in a the southern Indian state of Kerala in an old dugout well. The catfish is pretty small, only 4cm long, but very interesting. It completely lacks eyes, but has an extremely red color. Local scientists think that this catfish moves through man-made wells by natural underground tunnels or channels. The blind catfish is clearly a member of Clariidae family of catfishes. Its most well known relative is the walking catfish Clarias batrachus.



Another photo of Horaglanis abdulkalami






State of Kerala is also home to a two more cave dwelling blind catfish : Horaglanis Krishnai, Horaglanis alikunhii.  Here is a photo that compares all three species.  






Unfortunately, not a lot of photos are available of these amazing cafish. I also don't think that anyone is keeping them in an aquarium.  However, it would be amazing to have them  in a fish tank. Just think of the crazy biotope tank you can create with these troglodyte fish.  If anyone has any more photos of Horaglanis sp , please let me know)))





Black and white drawing of Horaglanis abdulkalami

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

I Gave Blood!!!!



Check this out, I gave blood for the first time.  There was a bloodmobile near the local library and they've talked me into it.  They took 500 ml.  That sounds like a lot.  But I felt perfectly fine.  Did not feel dizzy or anything like that.  However, they told me to skip gym for today.  So, I did.  






So overall, it was pretty interesting experience.  We you get a chance, you should definitely do it.  I am sure it would help some really sick person out there.




Friday, 10 November 2017

Pervy Penguins))




This is one of the funnies or disturbing photos I have seen lately)))  Penguins harassing this poor naked woman.  Crazy stuff.  I wonder what's on their minds. 

















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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

South Florida Nature ))





I finally got around to check out local park for some interesting fishes.  I got to South Florida two weeks ago and I love it.  The nature here is amazing.  So many interesting animals and fish.   So, here some I photos from the park near my house in Hollywood, Florida



Some nice ibises 





Close up. They are so white. How do they stay so clean?  I mean, they go though dirt all the time with their beaks)))








Sunday, 5 November 2017

Florida Mangroves




Some photos of South Florida mangroves.  This is at the local nature park, Ann Kolb Center in Hollywood, Florida.  I can't get over how amazing it looks. Almost like a different planet.  This mangroves forest hosts a colony of fiddler crabs and Gambusia sp.   The crabs are almost impossible to photograph with a phone.  They are way too fast.  As soon as they would see me, they would run off into their burrows.  








Saturday, 4 November 2017

Cactus Cooking




I've always been fascinated with cacti.  So I was going to plant this cactus tree near my apartment, and than I remembered that you  can fry it.  So this is what I did))))  I planted a bunch of them, but I took one one, cut it into little pieces and cooked it.






I put some hot sauce and olive olive on the cactus pieces and fried them





This is what it looked like when they were done.  What did it taste like? Well, it kind of tasted like french fries a little bit, but it was more bitter.  Maybe I did not cook it properly, but it was my first attempt






Friday, 3 November 2017

South Florida Olive Nerite Snails




I finally got back to Florida!!! It's summer time here. So nice. I took these photos at Jacksonville in St. John's River. It's the only place in North America with freshwater stingrays, Dasyatis sabina. Unfortunately, I did not see any. The water was pretty murky. But I did see a ton of olive nerite snails (Neritina reclivata).  Florida people have it easy, we have to pay for nerite snails, while they have them for free everywhere)))   I got 3 snails for my friend's betta tank.   She seem to really like them.



Hanging out on some cool rocks!!!




A nice nerite family at home





Tuesday, 31 October 2017

My Florida Cactus




I am back in Florida.  I visited my friend in Jacksonville.  I left her a small piece of cactus 2 years ago.  This is how much it has grown.  It got too big for its pot, so I ended up planting it outside




This guy is very prickly.  I got stuck a few time, while planting it into the ground.  All I can say, it's a very angry cactus.  I can imaging planting a bunch of them around my house to keep burglars away.



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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