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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 11:35 pm Post subject: Re: Chalakkudy Trip and Aquarist Group-Coimbatore Meet Reply with quote

 Hectic  work  and  month  close  would  leave  me  out  for  the  next  couple  of  days   Sad  
 
 Totally  enjoyable  trip,  a  good  swim  and  a  good  catch  of  fish.  As  far  as  the  meet  goes,  had  heard  of  a  lot  of  people  or  had  come  across  them  when  posting,  giving  a  picture  to  a  name  makes  a  big  difference.
 
 I  have  taken  only  a  few  pics  and  to  download  them  and  upload  them  to  the  gallery  after  altering  the  size  is  only  possible  by  the  end  of  this  week  or  next  week,  so  better  look  out  for  the  others  to  post.  Hayath  as  usual  has  some  lovely  pics  to  share,  and  though  Surak  did  not  keep  his  word  on  the  "Make  Up  Man",  Hayath  did  take  some  pics  of  me   Thumb Up  
 
 After  a  super  successful  first  trip  (as  far  as  beginners  luck  in  catching  fishes  goes)  I  had  a  tough  time  catching  the  barbs  (P.  fasciatus  and  P.  filamentosis[forgive  my  spelling,  just  beginning  to  get  the  hang  of  things  now]),  caught  loads  of  dwarf  puffers,  (C.  travancoricus)  and  a  few  Barbs  also.  Loaches  were  almost  impossible  to  catch  as  the  terrain  was  always  too  rocky  and  the  area  too  huge  for  these  slippery  fishes  to  get  away.  I  still  did  reasonably  well  (in  my  own  opinion   Very Happy  )  I  think.
 
 I  have  put  on  1.5  full  Kgs,  thanks  to  Madam  Karpagam  (Mrs  Suraj)  and  I  wont  forgive  her  for  this.  I  have  been  trying  hard  to  get  in  shape  for  the  Sunfeast  10K  run  and  in  two  and  a  half  days....  all  gone
 
 Just  kidding,  thanks  a  ton  for  being  amazing  hosts  for  the  three  days  Suraj,  K  and  Junior.  As  promised  your  visit  is  due  when  you  are  in  Bangalore.  Mrs  Suraj,  took  good  care  of  us  that,  we  didnt  have  any  chance  to  eat  outside  food,  with  lip  smacking  food  available  through  out  the  trip  as  well.
 
 Thw  swim  in  a  fresh  water  fast  flowing  river  is  always  a  pleasure  and  we  could  have  spent  lots  more  time  doing  the  same.
 
 Thanks  Hayath  for  the  tips  on  photography,  will  try  and  prove  to  be  a  worthy  Shishya.
 
 BMVBab  aka  Vignesh,  for  graciously  driving  us  around  in  his  car  (dad's  car  with  white  upholstery,  thanks  for  standing  that  up  alone   Chuckle  )
 
 Ravi,  The  Mind  Your  Language  Man  -  Gokul,  Niranjan,  Pandyian,  Rein  Deer  Deepak   Smile   thanks  for  the  wonderful  company
 
 All  the  guys  at  the  meet...  It  was  nice  meeting  you
 
 Kiran,  the  Pelia  Man,  lovely  tank  and  also  lovely  stag  horn  (terrestrial)  fern.  Thanks  for  entertaining  us  and  showing  us  around  your  set  up.
 
 My  photos...     much  later
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 2:00 am Post subject: Re: Chalakkudy Trip and Aquarist Group-Coimbatore Meet Reply with quote

                                                   
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we  didnt  have  any  chance  to  eat  outside  food,  with  lip  smacking  food  available  through  out  the  trip  as  well.
                 

 
 @Madan  Sir,
 
 I  think  Shreyas  is  indirectly  hinting  that  he  did  not  get  good  food  Supply  on  our  Bangalore  trip!Grr...  Chuckle
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 8:11 am Post subject: Re: Chalakkudy Trip and Aquarist Group-Coimbatore Meet Reply with quote

                                                   
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 BMVBab  aka  Vignesh,  for  graciously  driving  us  around  in  his  car  (dad's  car  with  white  upholstery,  thanks  for  standing  that  up  alone   Chuckle  )
                 

 
 No  prob,  so  far  no  comments  from  my  dad  :D
 
 Does  gracious  mean  slow  too?   Crying or Very sad  
 
 And  I  must  say  ---  Shreyas  is  one  great  driver-he  safely  passed  one  very  interesting  situation...it  was  refreshing  Smile
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 8:28 am Post subject: Re: Chalakkudy Trip and Aquarist Group-Coimbatore Meet Reply with quote

 I  think  the  drive  was  slow  only  because  of  the  traffic,  Vignesh.
 
 We  reached  Athirapally  in  about  3  hours  with  the  break  in  journey  at  Vadakkanchery  and  my  fuel  stop,  but  the  way  back  I  think  we  took  more  than  4  hours  overall.  The  traffic  was  killing.
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 9:56 am Post subject: Re: Chalakkudy Trip and Aquarist Group-Coimbatore Meet Reply with quote

 The  next  day  return-I  had  booked  KSRTC  coming  from  Eranakulam.  Supposed  to  start  from  CBE  by  10-so  I  had  skipped  the  10.45  bus  that  originates  from  CBE  itself.  The  bus  came  at  11.20  and  started  at  11.30  Sad  All  buses  originating  from  Kerala  were  late  by  atleast  1  hr  15  mins   Sad
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 1:02 pm Post subject: Re: Chalakkudy Trip and Aquarist Group-Coimbatore Meet Reply with quote

 Puntius  filamentosus  -  juvenile
 
 
 Etroplus  maculatus
 
 
 Xenentodon  cancila
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 1:29 pm Post subject: Re: Chalakkudy Trip and Aquarist Group-Coimbatore Meet Reply with quote

 Hi  all,  Looks  like  you  guys  had  a  great  time  on  the  trip.
 
 Great  photographs,  Suraj.  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 1:38 pm Post subject: Re: Chalakkudy Trip and Aquarist Group-Coimbatore Meet Reply with quote

 Thanks,  Trevor.  It's  inspiration  from  experts  like  you.   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 1:41 pm Post subject: Re: Chalakkudy Trip and Aquarist Group-Coimbatore Meet Reply with quote

 Yup  Trevor,  we  had  a  great  time.  Superb  hospitality  and  company.  The  first  fish  was  caught  by  Mrs.Suraj.  She  even  caught  that  mystery  Channa.  Shreyas  was  catching  puffers  almost  every  time  he  threw  the  net.  Hayath,  waiting  for  updates.  Superb  pics  Suraj,  thanks  for  the  super  trip.
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 2:10 pm Post subject: Re: Chalakkudy Trip and Aquarist Group-Coimbatore Meet Reply with quote

 Now  for  the  shrimps.  The  first  was  some  kind  of  wood  shrimp.
 
 
 Then  came  the  mother  of  all,  a  macrobrachium  at  4.5".
 
 
 Doesn't  look  large?  Take  a  look  at  the  size  of  the  pincers.
 
 
 The  largest  of  all  was  6"!   Surprised  No  one  wanted  to  put  their  hand  into  the  net  and  catch  it.
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 4:04 pm Post subject: Re: Chalakkudy Trip and Aquarist Group-Coimbatore Meet Reply with quote

 Great  pictures  so  far.  Eager  for  more.   Smile
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 4:41 pm Post subject: Re: Chalakkudy Trip and Aquarist Group-Coimbatore Meet Reply with quote

 Hi  Shankar,
 
 That's  most  of  the  pictures  from  my  side.  Waiting  for  Hayath  to  upload  his  pictures.  Also  need  a  couple  of  IDs  on  the  first  page,  a  barb?  and  a  rasbora.  Please  help.
 
 Other  than  this,  fishes  spotted  were  Botia  sp.  and  Channa  sp.  I  am  not  sure  what  else  we  missed.  One  thing  is  sure  though,  we  did  miss  a  lot!   Chuckle
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 I  remember  seeing  the  barb,  pictured  in  Ornamental  fishes  of  Western  Ghats  book,  somewhere  near  Puntius  bimaculatus.  Check  if  you  can.
 
 Are  you  sure,  the  second  fish  is  not  a  Salmostoma  sp?
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 The  "rasbora"  has  the  looks  of  a  Salmostoma.  The  dorsal  fin  is  set  too  far  back  to  be  a  Rasbora.  The  barb  might  well  be  a  P.  sarana  subnasutus,  a  better  picture  under  less  stressful  conditions  will  help.
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 5:24 pm Post subject: Re: Chalakkudy Trip and Aquarist Group-Coimbatore Meet Reply with quote

 great  pics.."Xenentodon  cancila  "  is  amazing
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