I had sent the pics to Claus Christensen of Tropica who was keen to come on a similar trip in India after seeing the snaps. That was two years back. No positive I.D. but I think these ferns will do well only emersed.
Maybe it should be gradually acclimatised to growing underwater. Lasted for just a little over a year in our tanks.
Joined: Jan 25, 2005 Posts: 2927 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:10 am Post subject: Re: A long fishy trip.
I will have to inform Trevor about it. But here is a brief......
The hunt for the unknown
The planning for this trip was done a couple of weeks ahead at our Sunday meeting of the members of the Aquarist Society of Karnataka. Nayak had months back spotted a empty Crayfish shell at a bank on one of the streams of the river Aganashi. The river Aganashi has its start at Sirsi and flows out at Kumta. These are important towns in north Kanara a district of North Karnataka and just below the state of Goa.
It was decided to leave early on thursday the 30th of march since it was the Ugadi festival holiday and would it be a perfect weekend . Adip came to my place at 5.30 am on the dot surprisingly as keeping time is something he very rarely does. Within a few minutes Nayak arrived in his Tata Indica Marina a saloon and we both jumped in. Had a breakfast at Mahalaksmi Layout and left Bangalore at 6.50 am with Idli and Karabath filled stomachs.
This was National Highway No. 206. Reached Tumkur at 8.10am, Gubbi at 8.25am the road so far was good. Tiptur at 9.10am, Arisikere at 9.35, Birur at 10.15am,Tarikere 10.10 am. Eighteen Kms for here was the Badra Dam and the river tern lodge. Reached Shimoga at 11.15am and refueled then passed Sagar.
Between Sagar and Jog falls we came across a lot of biotopes of which we explored only one. From here we collected a nitrogen fixation plant saw killifish and a lot of tadpoles. The temperature was a sizzling 34 deg C.
We stopped at the entrance of the Jog falls junction. Here we caught Tic Toe Barbs, Melon Barbs, Killifish, Garra, Danioâ€™s. Also collected water sprite, Eliocharis sp. And rotala which was purple red in colour.
Five Kms before Gerossapa spotted a variety of Masheer saw Melon Barbs, Garraâ€™s, Loaches, Filamentos Barbs, Yellow tail Danioâ€™s. Reached Gerosappa at 3.15pm and Honnavar at 3.50. At Honnavar we went to Hotel Kamat and had some light eats. Reached Kumta at 4.50pm. Here we booked a room and went exploring the city and surrounding areas. We met the local fishermen chatted them up and also visted the local LFS. Had a good dinner and got up at 5.30am the next day with the T.V blaring and lights still on. We had crashed into bed without the strength to turn them off.
We left Kumta at 6.40am taking the road left to Siddapur. On the way we helped ourselves to the juicy cashew fruit. This is the fruit used in the manufacture of Cashew liquor called Feni. As long as you throw down the raw Cashew nuts and help yourself only to the fruit no one objects. We came across a lot of Laterite quarries.
We stopped at Badal the second bridge from Kumta on the Siddapur road. This was the first treasure spot. We caught a lot of danioâ€™s, some giant danioâ€™s, Killifish ,filamentos barbs, three types of loaches, wood shrimp, lobster, Garra, gobi and clams.
Left the place at 10.15am and went on to Mastimane were crayfish was sighted months earlier. We saw the same fishes we had got earlier. Had breakfast curd massoru and a local chopsuey at 10.30am.
Traveling a few kilometers further on the Siddapur road finally got a super treasure spot for a planted nut like me. We saw a type of pelia, a new variety of java fern, some hydrocotlye , a new moss plenty of beautiful rocks and driftwood. We caught some banded loaches some striped loaches and a crab.
Reached Siddapur at 2.30pmand had lunch at Pai Vihar. And reached Sirsi at 3.50pm. They were good roads most of the way. From Sirsi returned back to Kumta by a different route. Some twenty kilometers from Sirsi spotted a promising biotope which we investigated. Here we got a ten bar Killifish and some different looking Scavenger loaches. In some biotopes we saw buffaloes cooling off in the water. Probably helped the lush plant growth with their daily PMDD.
Crossed Kumta and went on to thadadi sixteen kilometers further down. This is one of the oldest maritime ports in Karnataka. Here is where the river Aganasni finally meets the sea. Here a thermal nuclear plant is coming up and the local people were quite tense. The fishing industry will be finished due to the pollution from the thermal power plant. There was a lot of prawn culture going on here. We got some feed which was used for the cultured prawns. Along the way my camera had fallen and had gone for a six. I had to fix it up with cello tape and some rubber bands.
April 1st Had breakfast at Kamat and purchased some vital equipment like rubber bands and Byras. Byras is a pure cotton cloth slung over the shoulders to wipe out the sweat like a large handkerchief. Left for Honnavar on highway no. 206 at 9.30am
Honnavar is a large and old fishing port where the river Sharavati flows into the sea. Here we spotted some brackish water sea angels with an orange tinge. This area was too deep to do anything. After crossing the Honnavar bridge we turned back and took the route back to Bangalore.
We turned left after the Baskeri bridge and found a lot of Sags, Macro Pelia, Java moss, Hair grass and Blyxa.
Came to the next bridge on the way - the Kadagiri bridge a tributary of the Sharavati was flowing under it. Adip caught another type of panchax some Barbs , Danioâ€™s and some tiny shrimp.
Thirty kilometers from Sagar for the first time we got the Lagendra plant. Caught a water scorpion similar to the one that was on display at Aquatika 2005 last year. Also collected Killifish Micro and Macro Pelia and some mosses.
Entered Sagar at 3.15pm and went on to Shimoga arriving at 5pm. Here we booked an A/C room in Hotel Ashoka and crashed out for the night.
Left Shimoga for Bangalore on National highway No. 206 at 5.30am reaching Bangalore at 10.30 am.
All the fish was brought without the use of oxygen, ammolock, stresscoat, or the battery air pump which we had carried. We just repacked the fishes several times and they were fine.
Joined: Feb 15, 2006 Posts: 2588 Location: Coimbatore
Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:22 am Post subject: Re: A long fishy trip.
This is a great read. Mahalakshmi Layout, the place you had breakfast on day one was my home for 23 years.
Hope you can post pictures too.
The final sentence does say it all.
"All the fish was brought without the use of oxygen, ammolock, stresscoat, or the battery air pump which we had carried. We just repacked the fishes several times and they were fine. "
Joined: Jan 25, 2005 Posts: 2927 Location: Bangalore
Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 11:24 am Post subject: Re: A long fishy trip.
A lot of things were missed in the earlier trip. But now two years down the line we are more knowledgeable.
Refer to Trevor mentioning Lobster Near Badal. Now we know that it is a Macrobrachium. After catching it and bringing it to Bangalore we were able to Google it and know more about Macrobrachiums as well as Cardina Sp.
yes! the dwarf rainbow shrimp/Cardina.Sp was also caught on this trip for the first time. All the Dwarf shrimp varieties in Bangalore were the offspring of this collection till we got another batch from Pondicherry and later Sangam.
I dare say that the interest in shrimps and consequently Invertebrate forum on IAH is the result of this collection trip.
Talking about plants,
Like Trevor mentions in his earlier post the fern has not been identified, we did not know whether we could grow it immersed or emmersed. But now with the immense knowledge of the members of this forum along with the experience we personally have, we are sure to do much better.
The western Ghats are a treasure trove of Bio diversity. It is our own backyard. We have seen members import the the fishes and plants available locally from Singapore etc. All that needs to be done is get up and go.
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