Joined: Jun 11, 2008 Posts: 3506 Location: Mumbai, Bharat (AKA...INDIA)
Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 6:33 pm Post subject: Re: Lets go for a trip in Mumbai - 19 April 2009
WOW! what a day... great trip...after 18yrs I went out for a small picnic.... ....It was a priviledge meeting Shiva the great Discus Keeper & Breeder.. Those quality Discus are uncomparable, Thanks to Yogesh, Sameer, Sameer, Arvind, Clive and Shiva for making this trip a great success...
Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 8:44 pm Post subject: Re: Lets go for a trip in Mumbai - 19 April 2009
At last our Collection venture at Ulhas River-Badlapur was finally over successfully, with a bonus visit to Shiva’s hatchery. So here it goes…..
Arvind, Sameer Joshi, myself, Clive & his 6 year old son ‘Nathan’ were sharp in reaching & gathering at 06:15AM at Kurla Station. I received SMS from Percy that train started right on time from CST at 06:16AM which arrived at Kurla 06:38AM. Percy waived our National flag from train window to indicate where he was sitting and all of us boarded the train. Nathan was pretty active in tell us details about his bowl & his pet ‘Fighter’ fish. All of us were so involved in chatting with each other, we never knew when Dombivli station passed by where Sameer Gudhate was supposed to join us. Sameer G boarded in the train but was sitting in next compartment but later joined us at Thakurli station. We reached Badlapur station right on at 07:35AM and we had pleasant surprise to see ‘The Discus Man- Shiva’ joining us at the station. We reached the river spot within 10 minutes and while walking on the bridge could see fishes swimming down in the water which included barbs, danios and also one very big cichlid.
Upon reaching the spot, all of us except Percy immediately ran towards the water. Had no success for the first 30-45 minutes as Danios were pretty fast and almost flew off as we approach them. As we were busy spotting fishes, Percy persistently kept shouting ,” Mila Kya?” After sometime someone shouted,”Pakda, pakda” and all of us ran towards the shout. Someone had caught one loach which was immediately transferred to plastic bag and was shooted on camera by Percy who was our unofficial photographer for a while. Shiva was going towards distant water and kept calling “Yogesh, ithe ye” to join him. I was slipping frequently with my slippers so got rid of them in the water. Shiva was very patient in looking for fishes with net in his both hands. His patience paid off when he caught some extraordinary looking 4-5” fish which we named ‘Swordfish’. The fish was really beautiful & was dumped to plastic bag again. The bigger version of this ‘Swordfish’ was caught soon again by Shiva but it didn’t look in great condition when it was dropped to plastic home, as the fish was upside down immediately. It rotated itself vertically and was really breathing fast. We kept it in a bag for about 15 minutes & later commonly agreed to release it bag as suspected it wouldn’t make a trip back. Myself released the fish back into water which everybody thought was an ‘Act of Kindness’. Everyone was happy to see ‘Swordfish’ sailing smoothly back into its waterbody. Shiva was back in action again when he caught 3 more loaches at one go. I was mainly looking for Danios which didn’t fool to our ‘Fishfood’ carrot.
Then we decided to change the fishing spot and have a break. Sameer G had brought plenty of sandwiches prepared by his wife which were delicious. Percy opened his magic sack to let us feast on mouth-watering Mawa Cakes & Fruit Biscuits brought by him. We headed towards the river bridge where we could see local people washing clothes & bathing. We tried laying mosquito net brought by Arvind as we could see shoals of Danios there but couldn’t catch a single due to their fast reactions. We again changed our spot, this time right under the bridge where water was really flowing fast. Clive spotted one Sucker lookalike fish which I was desperate to catch but the fish kept hiding under the rock and cloudy water. We offered biscuits to fish, Danios were really fast to grab the biscuit particles but didn’t get trapped to our nets. Shiva was busy looking for Danios at some other spot but hey!! Where was Arvind?? We could see Arvind laying his mosquito net far from us with lot of patience. Late he shouted, “Mila, Mila” and all of us ran towards him to see what he has caught. Oh man, he succeded in catching Danio, the greatest grab. I was back again in water like pervert to catch something and managed to catch one shrimp with my unusual ‘Jump & Grab’ method. Nathan picked up some shells to drop in his betta bowl.
As the sun started heating up at 11AM, locals told us to go towards a spot atleast kilometer away to catch fishes & Prawns. Everyone was exhausted with the heat but decided to go to Shiva’s hatchery. After about 45 minutes journey, we reached the hatchery which had a den-like entrance. Percy was really excited to his favorite Blue Diamonds in a tank near entrance and kept telling us his BDs look the same too. Clive, Nathan, Arvind & myself were mesmerized to see the beautiful discus all around us. The Red Melons and Blue Diamonds were the most beautiful specimen I have seen ever personally. Melons had those dark blood colours which they are supposed to have. Inner room, had more tanks with Breeding Pairs and lots of frys. Shiva explained the status of each pair and their behaviour with great enthusiasm. People kept asking him questions one after another & the master was patiently answering all of them. Personally I liked Shiva’s LSS pair which was really gorgeous. The word ‘Water Change’ was uttered a million times in the hatchery. Shiva helped us oxygenate the collacted fishes for its further journey, unfortunately a shrimp couldn’t make it. But all of us were overwhelmed by the quality of discus this man have and Percy made an ‘Advance Booking’ for his discus with Shiva. I was really happy to meet fellow IAH hobbyists and simple & ‘down-to-earth’ personality like Shiva which is totally devoted to discus. After spending about an hour, we headed back towards our home as many of us were hungry for home-made lunch.
Pictures to follow soon…………………
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