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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:49 am Post subject: Re: A long journey begins- My fish room! Reply with quote

 Updating  after  a  long  time........
 
 No  changes  since  the  past  three  months  except  regular  water  changes.  The  fishes  have  grown  real  well  with  no  mortality's  Very Happy  
 
 The  "Puntius  filamentosus"  complex  fishes  with  me.........
 
 "Puntius  filamentosus"
 
 As  a  Juvenile  0.75inch  long.
 Type  Locality:  Kumta  taluk,  North  Canara.  "Aghanashini"  river  basin.
 Dated:28-Feb-2009
 
 
 As  a  Alpha  male  3.50inches  long.
 Dated:26-Sep-2010
 
 
 Aggressive  mood...
 Dated:26-Sep-2009
 
 
 Leading  the  Shoal....
 Dated:26-Sep-2010
 
 The  above  picture  was  taken  with  shutter  speed  priority,  with  high  ISO  and  in  ambient  light.  Just  to  give  a  Idea  as  to  how  it  looks  with  out  flash.
 
 
 Distribution-  "Puntius  filamentosus  is  widely  distributed  throughout  the  coastal  floodplain  of  Kerala,  Tamil  Nadu
 and  at  least  southern  Karnataka"  as  per  the  paper  by  "Rohan  Pethiyagoda"  and  "Maurice  Kottelat".  If  I  am  correct  about  the  above  fish  being  a  P.filamentosus  then  we  have  extended  the  distribution  further  north.
 Sexual  Dimorphism-  Males  are  more  colorful  and  after  3.00inches  start  showing  the  filaments  on  their  dorsal  fins.  Females  are  more  rounded.
 Mating  season-  Heard  that  it  is  easy  to  breed.  As  of  now  not  really  keen  due  to  space  constraint.  
 Hardiness-  Tough  guys.  Needs  well  oxygenated  fast  flowing  water  with  lot  of  open  space  and  regular  weekly  water  changes.  
 Feed-  Dried  brine  shrimp  flakes,  Kumta  shrimp  feed,  NLS  granules,  frozen  blood  worms,  Frozen  Artemia  and  Algae.  In  the  aquarium  they  will  always  be  browsing  on  the  substrate.  
 Personal  observation-  Very  beautiful  and  lively  schooling  fishes.  Rightly  called  veggie  Piranhas.  Stripped  my  Hydrilla  plants  in  no  time.  If  you  want  to  have  revenge  on  a  planted  tank  nut  just  tell  him  a  P.filamentosus  will  really  bring  the  best  out,  in  his  tank.  of  course,  you  might  have  to  skip  town  in  a  couple  of  days  as  he  is  bound  to  put  a  bounty  on  your  head  Chuckle  
 
 Point  of  confusion  regarding  identification:  
 1)  No  caudal  fin  lobe  black  band.
 2)  No  Maxillary  barbels.
 
 Point  of  confirmation  regarding  identification:
 1)  Sub  terminal  mouth.
 
 Regards,
 Nayak.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 1:07 pm Post subject: Re: A long journey begins- My fish room! Reply with quote

 Hi  Nayak,
 
 Good  to  see  you  back  in  action  after  some  break.  Very Happy  
 Hope  you  are  recovering  well  after  your  accident,  Trevor  updated  me  about  your  progress  when  we  spoke  few  weeks  back.
 
 Pictures  are  coming  out  really  beautiful  supported  with  detailed  brief,  very  informative!!
 Keep  this  fantastic  thread  rolling.  Drinking
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:33 pm Post subject: Re: A long journey begins- My fish room! Reply with quote

 Thanks,  Yogesh.  Very Happy  
 
 Good  to  be  back  among  old  friends  again.  Was  missing  the  action   Chuckle  
 
 Regards,
 Nayak.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 5:25 pm Post subject: Re: A long journey begins- My fish room! Reply with quote

 Nayak
 A  truly  magnificent  fish  room  and  your  narrations.
 This  thread  contains  two  gems  which  can  be  spilt  into  separate  threads.
 One  is  your  predator-prey  shots;  they  are  too  good  and  need  a  separate  thread  of  their  own.
 Second  one  Trevor's  description  of  fish  food,  it  is  fantastic  discovery  and  again  needs  a  separate  thread  of  its  own.
 If  it  is  okay  with  you  I  can  do  it.
 
 BTW  I  have  some  questions,  but  I  am  starting  s  separate  thread  so  as  not  to  clog  up  this  thread.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:02 pm Post subject: Re: A long journey begins- My fish room! Reply with quote

 oops,i  did  not  know  about  your  accident  Nayak,  hope  you  are  recovering  and  doing  well........  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:17 pm Post subject: Re: A long journey begins- My fish room! Reply with quote

 Real  nice  fish  these  are.  Mine  are  over  5  inches  now.  How  big  do  they  grow?  Nice  to  see  an  update  on  this  start  thread..  Smile
 And  what  accident?  Get  well  soon  Nayak.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 8:34 am Post subject: Re: A long journey begins- My fish room! Reply with quote

                                                   
Alistair  wrote  (View  Post):                
Real  nice  fish  these  are.  Mine  are  over  5  inches  now.  How  big  do  they  grow?  Nice  to  see  an  update  on  this  start  thread..  Smile
 And  what  accident?  Get  well  soon  Nayak.                

 
 Nice  fish  for  sure.  We  have  seen  them  at  six  inches  in  the  wild.
 
 Nayak  has  recovered  well  from  his  bike  accident.  He  now  is  chauffeured  driven  around  town  and  to  work.
 
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Mine  are  over  5  inches  now.  How  big  do  they  grow?                  

 
 Have  seen  9"  in  the  wild.
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 Rohan  Pethiyagoda  and  Maurice  Kottelat  mention  in  their  paper.
 
   
 Puntius  filamentosus     Total  length  135.3  131.9  –139.2mm     =  5.48  Inches
 
 Puntius  assimilis              Total  length  137.0  132.0  –140.8mm     =  5.54  Inches
 
   
 
 A  link-  http://www.seriouslyfish.com/profile.php?genus=Puntius&species=filamentosus&id=180
 
 Another  Link-  http://www.seriouslyfish.com/profile.php?genus=Puntius&species=assimilis&id=1248
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:56 am Post subject: Re: A long journey begins- My fish room! Reply with quote

 Puntius  filamentosus  complex  continued......
 
 "Puntius  filamentosus"
 
 Type  Locality-  Kumaradhara,  South  Canara,  Karnataka
 Dated:  27-Sep-2010
 
 Beta  male  of  the  shoal.  You  can  see  that  at  the  size  of  3"  he  is  just  sprouting  the  filaments.
 
 
 As  a  Juvie  in  the  photography  tank
 Dated:  04-May-2009
 
 
 
 Shoaling  with  the  Alpha  male.  When  they  are  in  the  mood  they  entangle  in  lip  locking  joust  of  supremacy.  No  serious  harm  done.  This  also  makes  me  conclude  that  he  is  a  P.filamentosus.  I  do  not  think  members  of  different  species  engage  in  mock  ritual  fighting.  It  usually  is  more  serious  when  it  is  inter-species.  More  on  that  later.
 Dated:26-Sep-2009
 
 
 
 He  is  going  to  grow  to  be  one  handsome  guy.  Look  at  the  shape  of  the  tail.  Looks  like  flower-bracket  Chuckle   Is  it  a  defect  or  is  it  some  thing  else?  Do  I  dare  hope?????
 Dated:  26-Sep-2010
 
 As  you  can  notice  he  has  a  black  bar  on  his  caudal  fin  lobe,  but  no  maxillary  barbels.  Also  he  has  Sub  terminal  mouth.
 
 Regards,
 Nayak.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:57 am Post subject: Re: A long journey begins- My fish room! Reply with quote

 Great  Job  Done  Nayak,  Smile  
 You  have  great  dedication...  Thumb Up  
 Will  love  to  see  this  fish  room   Cheering
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 Great  update  Nayak!  I  have  always  found  the  filamentosus  complex  fish  confusing  Very Happy  
 
 On  another  note,  sad  to  hear  about  your  accident!  Hope  it  wasnt  too  serious.  Hope  you  are  doing  well  too...
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 "Puntius  filamentosus"  complex  continued......  
 
 "Puntius  filamentosus"  
 
 Type  Locality-  Bhadra  basin,  Shimoga  district,  Karnataka.
 Dated:16-May-2010
 A  sorry  spectacle  at  0.5  inches
 
 
 
 I  have  three  of  them.  Still  in  the  grow  out  tank.  The  algae,  they  are  good  for  growing  out  tanks  Chuckle   
 Dated:26-Sep-2010
 Size  2  inches
 
 
 
 A  close  up.  I  would  not  want  to  comment  further  since  it  is  still  a  Juvie.  Let  it  at  least  reach  3  inches.
 Dated:26-Sep-2010
 
 
 I  have  a  single  specimen,  female  measuring  2.5  inches  from  the  Tunga  Basin,  Shimoga.  I  am  having  it  in  a  separate  tank  since  the  difference  between  the  two  are  negligible.
 
 Regards,
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 "Puntius  filamentosus"  complex  continued......  
 
 "Puntius  assimilis"  
 
 Type  Locality-  Bhavani  River,  Tamilnadu.  
 Dated:26-May-2010  
 The  male  at  2.5"
 
 
 
 The  female,  captured  in  ambient  fluorescent  light.
 Dated:10-April-2010
 
 
 
 The  Couple.  The  female  on  the  top  is  gravid.
 
 
 Identification  observations:  
 Has  a  black  and  red  band  on  the  lobes  of  the  Caudal  fin.
 Has  a  inferior  mouth.
 Has  Maxillary  barbels.
 
 Personal  observations:
 More  aggressive  compared  to  the  P.filamentosus.  Though  smallest  male  in  the  tank,  takes  on  both  the  Alpha  and  beta  males  of  P.filamentosus.  
 Splashes  water  when  feeding.  Since  unable  to  eat  at  water  surface  due  to  inferior  mouth,  the  splashing  helps  in  bringing  the  food  to  middle  and  bottom  level  which  is  easier  for  feeding.
 More  colorful  than  P.filamentosus,  having  green,  blue  and  Blue  green  iridescence  visible  at  various  angles.
 At  2.5"  they  still  have  to  grow  for  further  observations.
 
 Regards,
 Nayak.


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 Hi,great  contibution  to  native  fishes  and  you  are  really  bringing  out  the  Indian  native  fishes
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