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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 11:11 pm Post subject: trip to kundapur: PICS added, ID required! Reply with quote

 Hey  guys  I'm  gonna  be  going  to  kundapur  village(coastal  village  near  mangalore,  karnataka)  between  the  22nd-24th  of  this  month.  Sadly  will  be  going  by  bus  so  can't  stop  anywhere.  I'm  gonna  have  one  day  of  sightseeing.  So  does  anyone  know  some  good  spots  to  fish,  collect  rocks,  plants  and  driftwood  maybe?  I  know  the  water  there  will  be  slightly  brackish  so  I'm  not  sure  what  I  might  find!  Anyone  know  what  I  might  find?  And  anything  I  have  to  look  out  for?
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 11:51 am Post subject: Re: trip to kundapur (suggestions please) Reply with quote

 still  waiting,  any  help  guys?  :/
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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 7:20 pm Post subject: Re: trip to kundapur (suggestions please) Reply with quote

 @  Navneeth
 
 If  you  can  arrange  Trucks  to  carry  'Laterite'  you  can  carry  any  number  of  loads  which  you  will  find  on  either  side  of  the  highways,  railway  station  surrounding  platforms  and  literally  everywhere,  nobody   will  mind  you  picking  them
 
 I  doubt  if  you  can  find  other  things  you  mentioned  above   Chuckle
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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 7:23 pm Post subject: Re: trip to kundapur (suggestions please) Reply with quote

 That's  very  disappointing  Sad
 Well  I'll  try  getting  something  atleast!
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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 10:12 pm Post subject: Re: trip to kundapur (suggestions please) Reply with quote

 My  suggestion  will  be  to  extend  your  trip  to  Sawparnika  river  in  Kollur  Mookambika  temple(  approx  35  kms  from  kundapur)  great  place  for  collection  of  fish  and  rocks  for  sure,  but  remember  its  part  of  kollur  wildlife  santuary
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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 10:27 pm Post subject: Re: trip to kundapur (suggestions please) Reply with quote

 I  was  in  Kollur  just  2  weeks  back  &  where  is  the  STREAM  of  water.  the  river  is  atleast  dried  up  from  what  i  saw,  near  the  temple....
 
 Navneet  dont  waste  your  time  hunting,  enjoy  the  SAND  &  SUN  !!!
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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 10:52 pm Post subject: Re: trip to kundapur (suggestions please) Reply with quote

 Mookambika  WLS  Campsite  stream  is  teamed  with  life,  Sringeri  is  another  option,  or  Kudremukh  ?
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PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2013 11:05 pm Post subject: Re: trip to kundapur (suggestions please) Reply with quote

 Wish  I  could  extend  the  trip  but  I'm  restricted  to  only  kundapur  Sad  
 Oh  well  guess  I'll  just  relax  there.
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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 1:24 pm Post subject: Re: trip to kundapur (suggestions please) Reply with quote

 Keep  your  eyes  open  and  the  gear  packed.  I  am  sure  you  will  find  Aplochelius  sp,  Oriyzius  etc.  Being  west  coast  you  have  a  good  chance  of  catching  something  possibly  endemic.  The  price  of  native  keeping  is  eternal  vigilence.  
 
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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 11:58 am Post subject: Re: trip to kundapur (suggestions please) Reply with quote

 well  convinced  my  mom  that  we  should  go  by  car,  so  we  can  stop  wherever  possible!  :D
 
 @shiv-  already  have  4  oriyzius,  don't  think  i  need  anymore,  but  i  can  get  to  share  with  other  hobbyists!  a.blockii  yes  that  i  want!  i  had  a  a  pair  long  ago!
 
 well  even  if  i  don't  catch  any  fish,  hopefully  i'll  get  lots  of  rocks  and  maybe  some  plants  for  my  cement  tank  set  up  :)
 
 will  be  leaving  day  after  and  coming  back  on  sunday.  we  hired  a  boat  to  take  us  around  the  sea,  no  idea  what  i'm  gonna  find  in  that!
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 10:04 am Post subject: Re: trip to kundapur: UPDATE Reply with quote

 Day  1:
 Left  Bangalore  at  4am.  
 Collected  few  rocks  at  the  sunset  point  in  agumbe  and  in  the  western  ghat  section.  
 
 Reached  kundapur  at  1pm
 The  humidity  was  killing  me,  Dropped  bags  off  at  a  relatives  house  and  visited  a  sea  shell  collection  place  where  I  saw  A.blockii  but  couldn't  catch  them.  The  shoal  was  located  on  a  river  bed  where  fishermen  collected  shells  to  extract  calcium  from.  (This  is  what  my  step  dad  told  me,  correct  me  if  the  above  information.  is  wrong)
 
 My  mom  collected  few  sea  shells  which  actually  did  look  very  nice.  
 
 Next  went  to  a  farmhouse  and  Umesh  as  you  said  laterite  is  very  common.  So  I  have  kept  aside  a  brick  of  laterite  and  a  sack  of  crushed  laterite  (saved  me  the  time  and  pain  of  crushing  it)
 
 At  4pm  went  to  a  beach  where  the  waves  brought  in  a  lot  of  garbage.  Also  some  black  debris  kept  Washing  to  the  shore,  which  looked  like  contro  soil(will  post  pics  soon  once  I'm  back)  
 
 Thankfully  I  found  small  cuttlebones,  only  over  an  inch  in  size.  Got  about  6.  
 
 Day2:  
 Woke  up  to  see  many  peacocks  and  brought  home  a  big  jackfruit.  
 Todays  plan  is  to  visit  few  hatcheries,  boat  ride  across  the  rivers  and  collect  few  rocks.  
 
 To  be  continued.
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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 7:39 am Post subject: Re: trip to kundapur: UPDATE: day 2 Reply with quote

 day  2:
 started  off  at  7am  to  someone's  reception,  stayed  till  lunch  and  then  collected  few  laterites  which  had  a  network  of  tunnels  through  them,  thought  my  shrimps  would  love  that  type  of  set  up!
 
 just  after  lunch  we  hired  a  boat  to  take  us  around  the  river  close  by,  even  thought  we  were  4kms  away  from  the  sea,  the  water  was  extremely  salty  and  filled  with  clams.  i  couldn't  meet  many  fishermen  but  i  spoke  to  sea  shell  collectors  and  crab  hunters  and  saw  their  "loot".  they  were  piles  of  sea  shells  which  were  about  to  be  taken  in  trucks  to  factories  to  extract  calcium  from.  saw  many  fiddler  crabs  and  another  type  of  crab  (i  need  an  ID  of  this  crab,  will  post  the  pics  once  i'm  back).  also  found  lots  of  these  clams  which  were  stuck  to  eachother  in  groups,  are  these  tank  safe?
 
 also  i  saw  what  looked  like  Flying  fish,  but  thats  what  the  boat  guy  said  they  were,  but  i've  seen  flying  fish  before  and  these  looked  nothing  like  it,  they  jumped  out  of  the  water  and  crossed  it  like  a  person  throwing  a  pebble  on  water  and  making  it  skip.  saw  lots  of  river  terns,  ibis  and  spoonbills.saw  many  snails  which  seemed  to  be  a  pest  to  the  mangroves.
 
 after  that  i  visited  a  local  hatchery,  met  the  caretaker  who  is  from  Kumta.  he  took  us  around  to  few  of  the  tanks.  most  of  the  fish  and  inverts  were  exported  to  supermarkets  in  Bangalore  and  Hyderabad.  saw  some  huge  fish,  which  were  almost  2-3  feet  in  length.  he  had  inverts  such  as  tiger  prawns  and  the  like.  he  knew  only  local  names  of  the  fish,  i'm  a  vegetarian  so  i  have  no  clue  what  they  really  were.  couldn't  take  pics  either  because  the  water  was  too  cloudy.  
 
 He  feeds  them  scampi  feed,  a  home  made  Veg  mix  and  these  were  fed  to  the  fish  in  10  kilo  sacks  every  two  days.
 
 at  5pm  went  to  the  beach(marawanthe  beach)  again,  where  the  waves  had  created  a  cliff  of  the  coast  and  was  difficult  to  get  down  or  up  the  coast,  saw  dozens  of  dead  jelly  fish,  at  first  i  thought  they  were  bottlecaps,  because  of  the  green  lining  they  had!collected  few  more  cuttlebones  and  one  which  was  4inches  long,  saw  a  nice  flowering  plant  growing  on  the  rocks  by  the  coast,  need  an  ID  of  this  (will  post  pics  of  it  once  i'm  back)
 
 day  3:
 will  be  leaving  in  two  hours  to  go  to  murudeshwara  beach  were  there's  a  lot  of  cuttlebone  and  crabs,  as  told  by  a  tourist  guide,  after  that  will  be  collecting  rocks.
 
 To  be  continued.
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 so  i  got  back  late  last  night,  just  piled  in  all  the  pics!  
 i  had  no  luck  in  kundapur  with  catching  fish,  so  before  the  entrance  to  agumbe  ghat  section  i  was  able  to  catch  some  fish!  all  thanks  to  my  mom  who  spotted  the  stream!  lovely  place,  clean  water  and  totally  undisturbed.  the  first  fish  which  i  saw  were  the  melon  barbs  (dravidia  fasciatus)  kept  on  looking  and  saw  more  than  10  varieties  in  that  one  spot  of  the  stream.
 
 i  saw  many  natives  which  i  don't  know  the  names  of,  but  i  had  previously  seen  images  of  here  on  iah.  saw  a  type  of  loach  as  well,  black  body  and  red  tail,  couldn't  cath  it  because  i  wasn't  prepared  for  this,  all  i  had  was  a  small  hand  net!  but  luckily  i  still  caught  a  lot  of  fish.  
 
 here  are  the  images:
 1.the  river  which  flows  through  kundapur,  this  is  4kms  inland  and  yet  the  water  was  very  salty,  filled  with  shells  and  crabs  
 
 
 
 2.  a  beach  close  by,  can  anyone  tell  me  what  the  black  debris  is?  the  entire  beach  is  filled  with  it.
 
 
 
 3.  saw  these  growing  by  the  river,  what  plant  is  it?
 
 
 
 4.  more  than  fishermen,  kundapur  has  a  majority  of  people  who  catch  sea  shells  which  are  sent  to  factories  to  extract  calcium  from.  these  are  the  piles  of  shells  kept  on  shore.
 
 
 
 
 5.  crabs  were  everywhere!
 
 
 
 6.  we  went  boating  during  when  the  tides  were  low  and  saw  all  the  mangroves,  lovely  how  their  roots  grow.
 
 
 7.  this  plant  was  growing  on  the  rocks  on  the  beach,  what  is  it?  lovely  flowers.
 
 
 8.  what  looked  like  bottle  caps  at  first  actually  were  dozend  of  dead  jellyfish!
 
 
 9.  i  was  picking  out  some  nicely  shaped  laterite  with  holes  and  this  guy  attacked  me!  looks  like  the  pile  was  his  home  Very Happy
 
 
 10.  the  area  where  i  caught  the  fishes,  as  you  can  see  its  amazing!if  you  zoom  in,  you  can  actually  see  melon  barbs  swimming  around.
 
 
 
 11.  well  here's  the  fish  i  caught!  what  is  it?  his  fins  were  torn  like  this  when  i  found  it,  he  was  swimming  lonely  in  the  shallow  bank.  i  caught  and  saw  only  one  of  these.
 
 
 12.  Dawkinsia  filamentosa?  i  saw  many  of  these,  much  bigger  ones  as  well,  but  was  able  to  catch  just  a  small  one.
 
 
 
 13.  caught  5  melon  barbs,  this  ones  the  largest  in  the  group.
 
 
 14.  i  mistook  this  as  a  melon  barb  while  catching  it,  but  later  saw  it  had  a  shimmering  side,  what  barb  is  it?  i  caught  three  of  them.
 
 
 15.  here  are  all  the  rocks  i  collected  during  the  trip.  the  one  in  the  middle  is  a  cuttlebone  and  above  it  are  the  rocks  i  found  in  the  stream  where  i  caught  the  fish.  anyone  know  what  exactly  the  clam  thing  is  called?  i  took  one  cause  my  mom  liked  it  as  a  decorative  piece.
 
 
 
 
 16.  lots  of  little  cuttlebone,  already  tried  cleaning  my  tank  glass  with  it,  it  worked!
 
 
 17.  overall  was  a  great  trip,  great  experience  and  i  learnt  a  lot!
 
 
 the  link  to  the  whole  gallery  is  here:
 https://plus.google.com/photos/109991567004973069958/albums/5882486174283554993
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 5:06 pm Post subject: Re: trip to kundapur: PICS added, ID required! Reply with quote

 Navneeth,
 
 Great  adventure  Thumb Up  
 Loved  your  narration  and  pics.
 
 The  first  fish  is  Aplocheilus  linneatus,  an  indian  Killi  fish.  Looks  sick  though.  Keep  it  in  an  quarantine  tank.  Cover  the  tank,  since  sick  or  not  they  will  jump!
 Bingo!  The  second  fish  is  indeed  Dawkinsia  filamentosus.  
 Lovely  Melon  Barbs(Dravidia/Haludaria  fasciata)
 The  last  fish  is  one  of  the  most  beautiful.  Pethia  setnai.  Only  one  barb  among  your  find  which  can  be  kept  in  planted  tanks.
 Do  not  add  the  clam  stuck  rock  into  your  Aquarium.
 Keep  your  quarantine  tanks  well  agitated.  All  these  fish  comes  from  well  Oxygenated  waters.  Most  important,  do  not  add  any  of  them  to  your  shrimp  tank,  else  they  will  snack  on  shrimp  cocktails  Chuckle  
 Kudos  once  again,
 
 Regards,
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 5:14 pm Post subject: Re: trip to kundapur: PICS added, ID required! Reply with quote

 thanks  nayak!
 
 i  actually  did  keep  the  killi  separated!  didn't  want  to  lose  it!  what  should  i  feed  it?  tried  blood  worms  and  white  worms,  didn't  touch  it!
 
 guess  i  can  add  the  pethia  setnai  to  my  planted  cube!  Smile  they're  eating  tetra  bits,  should  i  change  to  something  else?  they  liked  blood  worms  as  well.
 
 the  clam  rock,  is  a  decorative  item  my  mom  wanted.  not  for  the  tank!  but  as  a  showcase  piece,  it  stinks  so  bad!
 
 obvious  that  i  won't  add  these  guys  to  my  shrimp  tank!  no  wonder  i  didn't  find  any  shrimps  in  that  stream!
 
 did  actually  see  many  other  fish,  if  there  was  a  site  or  book,  i  could  point  out  to  exactly  what  i  saw,  one  thing  is  the  stream  had  only  big  fish!
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