Long time since I posted in this particular forum. Been doing a lotta small trips. Reported here is a collection of a few small trips I managed to do with a bunch of fellow hobbyists near Madras (Chennai for some), my hometown.
About 40 Kms from the city of Madras lies the Chembaramabakkam Lake (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chembarambakkam_Lake
). It is also the primary source of water for our city.
We had received news off some rather surprising fish found there and hence planned quite a few trips there.
This was where we 'wetted' our nets most of the time.
I know it doesnt look like much but we got a decent haul from this place.Channa gachua
Puntius ticto Lepidocephalichthys guntea Etroplus maculatus Badis badis
(A very very delightful find.)Hemochromis bimaculatus
(A rather nauseating find) Mystus cf.bleekeri
(???). Trip objective accomplished for me.Pterygoplichthys
Sp. This one we saw in a fisherman's catch. Now who can stand up and yell proudly " We dont have the damn plecos in our waters??"
You know there is that feeling you get whenever you leave for a trip??? "I think I packed everything but Im pretty sure I didnt". Well none of us had that but we still managed to not take a Photo Tank. So we resorted to using the bags or our greasy hands to take pics of the fish.
The fisherman's haulNotopterus notopterus
The second spot was bout 4 kms from here and had yielded some nice Puntius
to people who had collected here earlier.
Let me take a minute to tell you this was the toughest spot I have collected in. Slush!!!!!!!! Tonnes and tonnes of slush!!!! Lift your feet, place 'em back and watch 'em plunge a coupla feet deep into the mud. I would happily walk the plank rather than these waters on any day!!Ehirava fluviatilis
Another intruder. Oreochromis mossambicus
Juvenile Notopterus notopterus
Other species collected from this spot were :Puntius vittatus
Pics not available for this lot though.
Since the area of the lake is pretty large, there are outlets all over the place. Some of 'em were feasible for collecting. Though it looked promising, another spot yielded only one interesting species: Macrognathus pancalus
En route a new spot, we peeked again into another fisherman's catch :
Sob!!!!!Etroplus maculatusHyporamphus limbatusOsteobrama cotio Salmostoma Sp.
The final spotNilssonia leithiiChanna punctataPuntius gelius
Nicely coloured up Badis badis
. These are not supposed to be found here.They were supposed to be confined to the Northern part of India but recent field trips have lead to collections of this species down South too.
One fish we were really looking forward to collect was the Horadandia atukorali
but not even one specimen was collected or even sighted. These schooling fish were sighted in the hundreds by a few other hobbyists a few months ago. Haven been able to zero in on the location yet.
I was compensated though by the Parambassis lala
. Never has a Glass Fish attracted me. This little beauty is 'supposedly' quite peacefull in the aquarium unlike other Glass Fish which are rather evil. Wasnt able to bring 'em back cos I didnt have any tank that suited 'em. Next time though.
Herps we spotted here were An Olive keelback, a few Calotes and a few Sitana. A few friends went and collected a nice and fat Russell's Viper last week or so. Lemme see if I can dig up that pic too sometime soon.
A few more trips will be planned to this lake as it seems to hold great promise to hobbyist folks. P.gelius,B.badis,M.bleekeri and O.cotio
that are recently reported species from this lake though collections have been going on here since 1910.
Here s a complete list of species we collected / Spotted : 1. Puntius chola
2. P. sophore
3. P. dorsalis
4. P. sharmai
5. P. gelius
6. P. orphoides
7. P. ticto
8. P. conchonius
9. Parambassis lala
10. Chanda nama
11. Oryzias dancena
12. Gambusia affinis
13. Aplocheilus parvus
14. Macrognathus pancalus
15. Badis badis
16. Rasbora cauverii
17. Rasbora daniconius
18. Etroplus maculatus
19. Oreochromis mossambicus
20. Trichogaster lalius
21. Pterygoplichthys juv.
22. Esomus danricus
23. Esomus barbatus
24. Pseudosphromenus cupanus
25. Mystus c.f. bleekeri
26. Mystus vittatus
27. Amblypharyngodon microlepis
28. A. mola
29. Lepidocephalus thermalis
30. L. guntea
31. Channa punctata
32. Salmostoma clupeoides
33. Neotropius athernoides
34. Osteobrama cotio
35. Hyphoramphus limbatus
36. Glossogobius giuris
37. Notopterus notopterus
38. Channa gachua
39. Macrobrachium Sp
40. Cardinia gracilirostris
Very strangely, haven even seen a single Clariid on any of my trips thought they are supposed to be found in abundance down here.
Picture credits to everyone who went on the trip except me. More soon hopefully.........