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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:27 am Post subject: Re: Memories...walking the hobby with the help of IAH Reply with quote

 
 
 
 These  photos  are  from  the  Bisile  Ghat  the  reserved  forest  which  is  supposed  to  be  cradle  of  the  Etroplus  Canarensis  .
 This  is  located  in  the  Western  Ghats  which  is  one  of  the  Bio  hot  spots  of  the  world  having  many  undiscovered  fish  species.
 Trips  are  planned  once  Madan  is  back.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 6:18 pm Post subject: Re: Memories...walking the hobby with the help of IAH Reply with quote

 So  Guys,  The  untold  story  of  thr  E.canarensis  trip......
 
 May-7th-Saturday-2005
 
 Morning  I  picked  up  Madhu  and  reached  Metro  near  Yeshwanthpur.  Everybody  i.e.  5  cars  were  assembled  at  5.30am  sharp.  That  is  one  thing  I  like  about  IAH  trips.  The  time  sense,  since  laggers  will  be  left  behind.  Chuckle  
 
 Three  of  the  cars  drove  towards  Mangalore.  The  rest  two  piloted  by  Madan  and  Ravi  flew  low.  It  was  a  real  chore  for  a  new  driver  like  me  to  catch  up  with  these  aces.  Chuckle  
 
 The  team  were,
 Madan,Siddarth,Adip,  Shankar  Sreedharan  and  Karthik.  
 Nagendra,S.C  Sriram,Sujoy  and  Deepak.
 Ravi,Beta,R.R.Sriram,Ravindran  and  Trevor.
 Myself,Madhu  and  Sriram  Prabhakar.
 Nag's  friends  in  the  other  car.
 
 After  a  safe  journey  we  reached  the  bridge  where  we  saw  the  E.canarensis  during  the  earlier  recce  trip.  The  shoal  had  drifted  and  I  and  Madhu  were  standing  in  the  river  when  we  found  them.  Nets  were  brought  out  and  efforts  were  made  to  catch  them.
 
 Around  1.00pm  the  first  mishap  occured.  Ravindran(Radyworks)  jumped  into  the  river  and  placed  his  bare  foot  squarely  on  a  broken  beer  bottle.  Needless  to  say  it  was  gory.  Immediately  his  foot  was  bound  with  the  cotten  towel(Byras)  I  had  with  me.  Leaving  the  other  to  catch  the  fishes  Myself,  Trevor  and  Madhu  took  Ravindran  in  my  car  to  Subramanya.  There  we  again  sought  the  help  of  the  lady  owning  the  veg-eatery.  She  gave  the  direction  to  the  hospital  as  well  as  sent  her  young  son  to  help  us.
 
 On  reaching  the  hospital  we  came  to  know  that  the  only  Doctor  of  this  sleepy  town  was  having  his  siesta  and  would  not  be  disturbed  till  4.00pm.  By  now  it  was  1.30pm  and  Ravindran  was  losing  a  lot  of  blood.  We  decided  enough  was  enough  and  started  creating  a  racket.  This  made  the  nurses  jittery  and  they  went  and  woke  the  Doctor  up.
 
 In  a  dour  mood  the  Doctor  came  out  grumbling  and  the  first  thing  he  did  was  vent  his  anger  on  the  poor  young  local  Good  Samaritan.  His  opinion  about  us,  having  disturbed  his  siesta  did  not  improve  when  tobacco  smoke  started  entering  his  Hospital.  Poking  his  head  out  he  yelled  "No  Smoking".  Guess  who  was  smoking?
 
 But  in  spite  of  his  behaviour  he  was  a  good  Doctor,  and  he  managed  to  give  good  treatment  to  Ravindran.  So  good  was  his  treatment  that  by  evening  Ravindran  was  raring  to  fish  again.
 
 Meanwhile  the  other  hobbyist  had  gone  and  occupied  the  lodge  rooms.  At  around  2.30pm  we  joined  them  and  wanting  to  show  good  hospitality  we  decided  to  take  them  to  the  joint  which  served  Mangalorean  dishes.  
 The  dishes  served  were  
 Kori-Rotti(Chettinad  style)
 Dal  and  curd  rice(Andhra  chilly  chicken  style)
 That  was  a  good  experience  for  the  out-station  guys.  But  I  and  Trevor  being  natives  of  a  balmy  district  called  South-Canara  were  used  to  the  vagaries  of  life,  and  we  enjoyed  our  food.  The  lodge  staff  were  sure  perplexed  when  people  in  a  stange  language  started  asking  for  ice  at  4.30am  in  the  morning  ROFL  
 
 At  around  5.00pm  we  started  for  the  evening  expedition.  Like  the  earlier  recce  trip  we  contacted  Joe.  We  caught  a  few  fishes.  But  being  tired  we  ended  the  evening  early.  This  time  not  trusting  us,  people  decided  to  stick  to  tried  and  tested  Thali  meals  in  a  veg  hotel.
 
 Us  newbies  never  saw  or  tasted  a  drop  of  Chivas  and  the  other  finer  waters  of  life  promised  by  Nag.
 
 Regards,
 Nayak.
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 Lunch  on  the  first  day  of  the  Etroplus  Canarensis  trip.
 Fried  fish  and  other  red  hot  fiery  delights.
 
 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:06 pm Post subject: Re: Memories...walking the hobby with the help of IAH Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 I  still  cherish  moments  of  that  trip....one  of  my  first  overnight  fishing  trips..did  the  trip  not  because  I  knew  anything  about  the  particular  fish  but  because  of  the  adventure  and  camaraderie  among  the  lot.
 
 Nayak  and  Trevor,  thanks  for  bringing  back  the  memories.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 8:01 am Post subject: Re: Memories...walking the hobby with the help of IAH Reply with quote

 The  injured  Ravindran  (Radyworks)  in  a  dizzy  state  after  a  heavy  loss  of  blood  due  to  stepping  on  a  broken  bottle  in  the  flowing  water.  Getting  injured  under  the  hot  sun  with  no  cover  and  in  the  middle  of  nowhere  in  an  unknown  territory  is  no  joke.  
 
 His  mates  consoling  him.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 5:35 pm Post subject: Re: Memories...walking the hobby with the help of IAH Reply with quote

 May-8th-Sunday-2005
 
 Leaving  the  oldsters  to  catch  their  beauty  sleep  we,i.e.  Myself,Adip,Beta,Madhu  and  Karthik  left  for  a  early  morning  exploration  at  6.30am.  The  Idea  was  to  reach  as  near  as  possible  to  Uppinangady,  recce  and  then  return  before  9.00am.
 
 On  the  way  there  was  a  minor  accident  in  which  my  rear  view  mirror  was  broken.  In  the  altercation  with  the  other  driver  Beta  became  furious.  Not  half  as  furious  as  I  would  have  been  if  I  knew  the  actual  cost  of  a  rear  view  mirror.  Chuckle  
 
 Having  a  good  breakfast  consisting  of  Buns(Mangalore  style)  which  Madhu  liked  immensely  we  were  again  on  our  way.  We  could  reach  only  to  about  10Km  before  Uppinangady.  Driving  any  further  could  have  reduced  our  recce  along  the  river  as  well  as  jeopardise  our  returning  schedule  on  time.
 
 The  first  fish  Adip  found  was  a  Killi.  The  method  he  employed  with  the  net  to  catch  it  was  unique.  This  was  my  first  sight  of  a  Killi  and  the  blue  green  coloration  was  awesome.  Adip  told  me  that  it  was  a  Aplocheilus  panchax  alpha  male.  I  immediately  fell  in  love  with  the  fish.  We  also  saw  some  Malabar  sun  fish.  But  now  the  time  was  running  out  and  we  reached  back  to  the  lodge  at  9.30am.
 
 We  vacated  the  lodge  around  10.00  to  10.30am  and  reached  the  third  biotope.  The  fish  catching  episode  is  well  documented  by  Ravi  in  this  article.
 
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=17&page=1
 
 Having  caught  sufficient  fishes  and  desirous  of  reaching  Bangalore  early  we  left  Subramanya  at  12.30-1.00pm.
 Without  lunch  non  stop  we  drove  back  and  reached  Bangalore  around  7.00pm.
 
 The  return  journey  was  memorable  in  that  I  had  excellent  company  in  the  car.  Madhu,  S.C.sriram,  Sujoy(Joyban)  and  Myself.  A  bachelor,  two  love  marriages  and  an  arranged  marriage.  Needless  to  say  the  topic  veered  towards  matrimony  and  how  the  love  birds  met  each  other,  leaving  our  bachelor  boy  red  around  the  gills.  Chuckle  
 I  then  mentally  took  an  oath  to  the  effect  that  I  on  every  trip  will  try  to  find  a  suitable  girl  for  all  our  bachelor  boys,
 and  I  have  been  helped  in  this  goal  by  Trevor  and  now  Navaneeth.
 
 The  story  of  the  trip....
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=1350&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
 
 The  aftermath  of  the  trip....
 http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=2403
 
 Regards,
 Nayak.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:16 pm Post subject: Re: Memories...walking the hobby with the help of IAH Reply with quote

 WOW!   Nayak  your  memory  is  truly  amazing.Even  the  minor  incidents  and  anecdotes  narrated  are  simply  superb  which  I  am  sure  is  rekindling  a  lot  of  memories  and  the  camaradiere  among  the  lot  who  were  there  on  that  trip.
 
 Regards,
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:20 pm Post subject: Re: Memories...walking the hobby with the help of IAH Reply with quote

 The  Biotope.
 
 
 
 Another  interesting  link  on  the  same  subject.
 http://www.cichlidae.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=181&st=0&sk=t&sd=a
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 9:18 pm Post subject: Re: Memories...walking the hobby with the help of IAH Reply with quote

 
 The  hunt  is  on  -  in  the  water.
 
 Further  planning  in  the  hotel  room.
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 I  then  mentally  took  an  oath  to  the  effect  that  I  on  every  trip  will  try  to  find  a  suitable  girl  for  all  our  bachelor  boys,
 and  I  have  been  helped  in  this  goal  by  Trevor  and  now  Navaneeth.
                 

 
 How  come  you  forgot  Me?   Confused
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 The  lovely  golden  water  coming  out  of  the  Subramanya  Hotel  tap.  
 The  same  water  that  the  rarest   of  rare  Cichlids  -  the  Etroplus  Canarensis   live  in.  
 This  remote   town  did  not  have  a  water  treatment  plant  and  water  from  the  Kumaradara  river  was  pumped  directly  to  the  hotels  overhead  storage  tanks.
 A  water  change  in  progress.  Smile  
 
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 Errr  Trevor,  the  tap  water  seems  normal.  Who  is  the  posed  person  in  front  of  the  bucket?   Chuckle
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 If  the  water  in  the  bucket  looks  normal  then  I  think  the  guy  in  front  of  the  bucket  is  Madhu  from  Salem.  Chuckle
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 I  said  the  Tap  water  looks  clear.  All  the  clearwater  from  the  tap  is  in  the  bucket.  But,  all  the  yellow  water  in  the  bucket  may  not  be  from  the  metal  tap  above.   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 5:40 pm Post subject: Re: Memories...walking the hobby with the help of IAH Reply with quote

 Shankar,
 You  still  expect  to  get  rid  of  the  "naughty  at  40"  suffix  ?  Smile
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