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Chembarambakkam Lake ( Chennai, India )
December 24, 2010
4:52 am
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Shankar
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I have made some trips to the lake over the weekends. It's supposed to be the largest reservoir around Chennai and more importantly, it's not very far off from my home. : )

Badis badis
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Badis badis underwater
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P. cupanus
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Rasbora daniconius
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Etroplus maculatus 'Dwarf'
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Aplocheilus blockii
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Mystus vittatus
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Puntius dorsalis
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Puntius mahecola
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Puntius filamentosus
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December 24, 2010
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Caridina sp
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Macrobrachium sp
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Neotropius atherinoides
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Aponogeton sp flower
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Some of the non-aquatic critters around the lake..

Centipede
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Millipede
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Skink
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A tiny Lizard
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A gravid Scorpion
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Hope you enjoyed them. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

December 24, 2010
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wow, fantastic pictures and some fab critters there. i have never seen colour like that on the filament barb. stunning. TFS

December 24, 2010
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Etroplus maculatus DWARF?? That's interesting.. hehe

Nice filamentosus barb! Nice color!

December 24, 2010
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Very, very nice Shankar!

December 24, 2010
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I've never seen that form of P. filamentosus before either - amazing amount of red pigmentation in the caudal! Am also interested to know about the E. maculatus 'dwarf'. Please do tell us more Shankar!

Cake or death?
December 24, 2010
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Wow! Thanks for sharing Shankar!! Love to see pics of fishing expeditions & habitat. Beautiful collection!!

December 24, 2010
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Glad that you all liked the clicks.

The E. maculatus dwarf is a common sight around Chennai. Have only seen the regular ones in the Western Indian parts though. They sport the regular patterns of a typical wild maculatus, but for the lack of the yellow-orange on the body like the regular chromides. The peak breeding coloration shows a tinge of orange belly.

At most locations, I have seen them co-existing with the regular ones, but haven't seen one pairing up with the other type. Most adult specimens encountered till date measured less than 2 inches.

Interestingly, to my knowledge there has been no mention anywhere about this dwarf variant. Since they live together with the regular form, they could have been mistook as juveniles. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

Am sure, someday someone would wake up and write a paper on this.

December 24, 2010
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Oh, I have a few videos of the lake beneath as well. Just can't find the youtube 'tag' button.

December 24, 2010
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Check out this link for Youtube instructions Shankar. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

That's fascinating about the Etroplus sp., do you know if any ichthyologist is studying them or even aware of their existence? Having looked again I'm intrigued about the id of that Puntius sp. too - do you have any more pics of it?

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December 25, 2010
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Matt, I am not aware of any official publication on the dwarf. It's only a few handful of hobbyists here who have done field trips in the Eastern ranges know about it. It's a pity that these have been unnoticed and nowhere in the hobby.

You and Harn Sheng are probably the first people from another country to take some keen interest on them. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

Most Puntius from the filamentosus complex lose thier coloration once in captivity. The fishes in the above pic were freshly caught by fishermen and probably died just a very few minutes earlier. I got another pic of the same fish, shot sometime later. Yeah, but these are the most brightly coloured Filament Barbs I have ever encountered in the wild.

December 26, 2010
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Oh yeah, love the dwarf Etroplus sp! Like you said, it might be mistaken as juveniles, that's why it goes unnoticed. Did you have any at home, Shankar? perhaps you can document them in photos and videos on the characteristic, coloration and breeding of them. It would be very nice to see that!

The superb red coloration of the wild filamentosus is seriously nice! Cant wait to get some swimming in my tanks! Too bad those captive bred specimens aren't this red.

December 26, 2010
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Love the pics ... esp the Puntius filamentosus!!!

December 26, 2010
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Thanks HB!

I had the dwarf pair in the past, but then I didn't have a good camera. I guess it will be more interesting to document them in the wild. Will do it sometime.

Here are some of the videos during the trips to the reservoir.

The first vid shows a few Rasbora daniconius, Etroplus maculatus, Gambusia sp and Hemichromis sp.

Then this E. maculatus guarding the fries. She was a brave female who stayed on. The male went hiding. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

Hemichromis sp pair

And ofcourse the Badis video that Matt had already posted earlier.

December 26, 2010
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I just love such vids; thanks for making and posting them!

December 26, 2010
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Welcome, mate.

It's a sheer pleasure to go out on fishing expeditions.

December 26, 2010
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Wonerful Shankar! Doesn't get any better than shots in the wild! What are you using for an underwater camera?

December 27, 2010
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QUOTE (plaamoo @ Dec 26 2010, 08:54 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wonerful Shankar! Doesn't get any better than shots in the wild! What are you using for an underwater camera?

Thanks for the appreciation. Mine is a waterproof camera. Olympus Tough 8010.

December 27, 2010
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Nice to see the videos of the natural habitat!!! /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

January 9, 2011
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Thanks Colin.

Matt, here's another pic of the filamentosus for you. This was from the trip done yesterday.

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PS: The above is an assortment of dead Barbs from a fisherman's catch. I didn't kill them. /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

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